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Annual Conference Scholarships

AASECT is committed to providing support and opportunities for members seeking professional development. Here is an overview of our scholarship offerings; a detailed list of requirements is included in each application.

If you’re in the position to contribute to the Creating a Community Scholarship or Whipple Plenary Fund please consider donating here. Knowledge is power and these programs enable your peers to gain access to the education and training they need.

AASECT Creating Community Scholarship 

Overview: The Creating Community Scholarship enables graduate students and new sexuality professionals who reside in an area with limited or no support/presence of sexality educators, counselors, therapists or limited to no support for/representation of racial, ethnic or diversely identified sexuality educators, counselors or therapists.

Criteria: AASECT members in good standing with a prerequisite degree (minimum Bachelor’s level) for pursuing a career in the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research, sexology or sexual health are welcome to apply.

Award information: the cost of a full conference registration and three nights’ accommodations will be covered.

See application for a detailed list of requirements. 2021 scholarship information coming soon.  

The Bill T. Jones Scholarship 

Overview: This Bill T. Jones Scholarship supports a Person of Color (POC) who is pursuing a career in the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research, sexology, or sexual health attend the AASECT Annual Conference.

Criteria: Those with a prerequisite degree (minimum Bachelor’s level) for pursuing a career in the field of human sexuality, sexuality education, sexuality counseling, sex therapy, sex research, sexology, or sexual health are welcome to apply.

Award information: $500 towards the AASECT Annual Conference

History: Bill T. Jones is an internationally acclaimed dancer, director, writer, and choreographer. His work has collided with, and challenged gender roles, violence, love, war, illness, HIV, survival, strength, sexuality, and eroticism. This is the 11th year we will honor Bill’s fierce passion by funding a scholarship in his name, to encourage and nurture diversity, equity and inclusion within AASECT. 

See application for a detailed list of requirements. 2021 scholarship information coming soon.  

John Sughrue, Jr., MD Scholarship 

The John Sughrue, Jr., MD Scholarship awards $1,000 to a medical or nursing student (US or international) to attend the AASECT Annual Conference.

History: Joan Sughrue, MEd, BSN, RN, DST, CSTS setup this fund in memory of her beloved husband, John Sughrue, Jr., MD, DST. John became an AASECT member in the late 1970s. He was certified as a Sex Therapist in 1983 and awarded Diplomate of Sex Therapy status in 2003. John loved attending and learning at AASECT conferences and felt that physicians and nurses should be adequately trained in the sexuality field.

Award information: $1,000 towards the Annual Conference 

See application for a detailed list of requirements. 2021 scholarship information coming soon.  

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion SAR Scholarship 

Overview: DEI SAR Scholarships provide training for People of Color (POC) and underrepresented sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists who demonstrate a commitment to promoting racial justice. 

Criteria: Annual conference attendees who demonstrate a commitment to sexual health and have economic barriers that limit SAR participation are eligible for this scholarship. Members of AASECT, Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), and/or the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians (ABSC) are encouraged to apply. Recipients must be AASECT members in good standing with the association.

Award Information: Registration at the AASECT Annual Conference SAR

History: The work of Aida Manduley and Kira Manser from the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (CSPH) and the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN) inspired the creation of the DEI SAR scholarship. In the spring of 2018, the CSPH and WOCSHN members advocated for greater access to SAR training sessions which are a required component for AASECT certification but, due to cost, are not always accessible by all members. In response, the AASECT Board of Directors approved funding for eight SAR scholarships. 

See application for a detailed list of requirements. 2021 scholarship information coming soon.