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APCDA Scholarships

What is this scholarship for?

Each year APCDA awards scholarships to cover registration as a Virtual Attendee for the APCDA Hybrid Conference.  This scholarship includes all regular events at no cost to our scholars (this is a $140 to $260 value).

For the 2024 APCDA Hybrid Conference, the dates will be:

  • April 15-19: 6 simultaneous breakout sessions (includes over 50 presentations plus numerous networking opportunities):
    Mon Apr 15 8 am – Noon* Breakout sessions
    Wed Apr 17 8 am – Noon* Breakout sessions
    Fri Apr 19  8 am – Noon* Breakout sessions
  • April 24-27: All sessions are plenary (includes 3 keynotes by world experts, 2 panel presentations, and the Awards Ceremony):
    Wed May 18 8 am – Noon* Opening, Keynotes, and Panel Discussion
    Fri May 20 8 am – 11:30* Keynotes, Panel Discussion, and Closing

  • * These times are for India.  Click here to find the times for your time zone.

Scholarships are available to:

  • Students earning a degree in counseling or a related field or students in a certification program in the field of career development
  • Those who graduated from such a program within the last 5 years
  • Members of a board of a career development association within our service region

Applicants must also meet these requirements:

  • Have not previously won a scholarship from APCDA
  • Plan to attend the entire conference
  • Your employer will not pay for you to attend
  • Can explain how this conference will help you to provide better career services

To apply:

  1. Complete this form to apply.  
  2. Submit one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or supervisor who knows your work well.
  3. Applications and Recommends must be received by Monday, January 15, 2024

Application Processing:

After the application deadline, we will provide the applications to our Scholarship Selection  Committee, who will select the applicants who they determine can best benefit from this opportunity.  Notification will be sent within 12 days, so those who are not selected have time to register at the Earlybird rate.  

APCDA wishes to thank the members who contributed to the 2024 Emerging Leader Scholarship fund.  The following members made cash donations:

  • Gemma Williams, United States
  • Kazuyo Ikeda, Japan
  • Sukma Lesmana, Indonesia
  • Mai, Kato, Japan
  • Catherine Hughes, Australia
  • Teddy Budiwan, Indonesia
  • Tracey Campbell, Canada
  • Lorraine Godden, Canada
  • James Wylde, United States
  • Diana Bailey, United States
  • Lois Keay-Smith, Australia
  • Allan Gatenby, Australia
  • Jackie Simpson, Australia
  • Juana Rosa Martinez, Philippines


Coming from a third world country where financial limitations restrict the opportunities available to us, getting the scholarship and being able to attend the APCDA conference was undoubtedly one of the life changing moments for me. I believe attending the conference has opened a door and the prospect of a brighter future. The experiences and insights gained from the conference  has played a key role in getting towards my career goal and shaping me into the person I am today.

Urja Acharya, Career Coach, Discover Within, Kathmandu, Nepal

Receiving the scholarship means I have succeeded, for I showcased our Career Guidance Program (Envisioning and Exploring Career Lifelines). Attending the APCDA Conference through the scholarship, I have gained a lot of new ideas and have benchmarked meaningful practices from around the globe.

Jenikko Lara Quinto, Guidance Counselor and Career Advocate, University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines

I tried to make the most of the scholarship award. Got a lot to learn and had meaningful interaction with the scholars and experts in the field.  There are seven more presentations of my interest that I will watch later. 

Thank you for making it possible for us.

Syeda Mohsina Hussain, Pakistan

Coming from South Africa where many things happen that clutter the hopes of many youths,  the scholarship exposed me to the outside world's knowledge, practices and networks in career development services that are in many ways a key that continues to open doors of possibilities and in the background building 'anew' hope. 

Morakane Madiba
- Founder of Uhunu/Uhuru Career Guidance and Learning (Non-Profit Organisation)
- Steering Committee For Future Earth Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production Knowledge-Action Network
- Esteemed Advisory Board Member of QNext Global (India) - PhD Candidate at Rhodes University, Environmental, Learning and Research Centre (ELRC), Grahamstown, South Africa

I am very honored to be the first person to receive the Martha Russell Scholarship for my very first time attending the APCDA Conference. By attending the workshops, I have learnt how to use motivated skills cards by Richard Knowdell and Phoneix Ho; how to use Lego as a reflective career development tool by Jackie Simpson, and Linda Reardon; and how to best support organizations and our students to manage their stress, anxiety, and to other mental-health challenges in this ever changing world.

Nguyen Hanh Chi
Martha Russell Scholar
Hanoi, May 29th 2019

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