Conference Header
Conference Header

Conference Scholarships


The AUCD Conference Scholarship for the 2023 Conference provides a free registration to attend all three days of the event. The number of scholarships awarded for 2023 year is dependent on available funds.


  • AUCD will register scholarship recipients.
  • Scholarship recipients are expected to pay any other costs they might incur on their end associated with attending the conference.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Self-advocates
  • Family members
  • Early career professionals (5 years or less experience in the Network)
  • Note this scholarship opportunity is not open to current Emerging Leaders

Scholarship Criteria

  • Demonstrated leadership involvement in a program, activity or other initiative in your community, Center, Program, or other organization.
  • Demonstration of how the AUCD Network is benefitting from your leadership work.
  • Noted professional goals for the next 3-5 years.

Expectations During the Conference

  • Use social media during the Conference to relay your experience (if you use social media, if not it's ok).
  • Submit a photo and bio for AUCD to use on the Conference Scholarship page of the AUCD website as well as in other announcements or publications about selected recipients.

Application Process

The application must include the following:

  1. A current resume/CV: No more than three pages
  2. One letter of support from your Program/Center's Director or Training Director 
  3. Brief written response to following: 
    • Why would you like to attend the Conference?
    • What do you hope to gain from the Conference?
    • What makes you the perfect candidate to receive a Scholarship?
    • How has the AUCD Network benefited from your leadership?
    • Briefly describe your professional goals for the next 3-5 years.
    • What unique perspective do you think you could bring to the Conference?


Applications are closed. Individuals who have been selected will be notified no later than October 20, 2023. The Conference registration deadline is October 27, 2023.


If you have questions about the AUCD Conference Scholarship, contact Anna Costalas at [email protected].