The scholarships listed below provide financial assistance for educational opportunities and accommodations during the conference. Scholarships provide help for participants who would not be able to attend without some financial assistance.
Click each scholarship to learn more about each scholarship and to submit a nomination/application:
The Wood Group Educational Scholarship
The Wood Group, in an effort to give back to the communities they support, offers two educational scholarships at the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference. These scholarships are provided to individuals with lived experience of mental health, substance use, intellectual and developmental challenges to promote education and learning. The scholarships may be used to attend conferences, seminars, workshops, continuing education, or adult education. Applicants may or may not be enrolled in formal education.
Michele Bibby Person in Mental Health Recovery Educational Scholarship
The Michele Bibby Person in Mental Health Recovery Scholarship was created in 2017 to provide financial assistance to a person with lived experience with mental health o further their education.
Michele Bibby knows firsthand the many obstacles a person living with mental health challenges may face when attempting to further their education. Michele created this scholarship to provide financial assistance, to a person with lived experience with mental health challenges, to further their education.
When Michele started her recovery journey in her early 20s, it was quite common for clinicians to tell people living with mental health challenges that their life trajectory was limited, their options were few and they needed to lower their expectations and relinquish their dreams. Out of her desire to give back, this scholarship was created.
This award will be given based on the extent to which the nominee meets the following:
The person must live with a mental health condition
The person should be enrolled in an educational, trade school or training program to further their education,
Has a financial need,
Involved in helping persons with lived experience with mental health challenges.
Austin Area Mental Health Consumers Lodging Scholarship
Austin Area Mental Health Consumers is a unique peer-run non-profit that has become the largest of its’ kind in Texas. We are proud to report that AAMHC at the Self Help Advocacy Center (The SHAC) is making a difference in people’s lives daily. Our members have received life-affirming services that help them become gainfully employed and the ability to give back to their community in numerous ways. Our members have learned self-sustaining recovery tools and also help other members learn to embrace RECOVERY and healthy living methods which lead to more productive lives. The enthusiasm and energy of our volunteers and the efforts of the employees have led us to unprecedented success for a peer-operated, non-profit organization. www.austinmhmc.org
The lodging scholarship was inaugurated in 2015 and is given to a person with lived mental health or homeless experiences who would like to attend the conference.
The Austin Area Mental Health Consumers Lodging Scholarship provides a one-night hotel stay to the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference attendee with lived experience of mental health challenges or homelessness.
The RR Coleman-Calahan Consumer Lodging Scholarship was inaugurated at the 7th CTAAFSCby The Calahan Family Trust. This scholarship is in honor of Mrs. Roberta Calahan and her late twin brother, Mr. Robert Coleman for their untiring commitment and support of individuals with lived experience of mental health, substance use, intellectual and developmental challenges.
The lodging scholarship is provided for individuals with lived experience of mental health, substance use, intellectual and developmental challenges or family members who would like to attend the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference.
The scholarship recipient must describe a need based on financial assistance or a significant transportation barrier requiring overnight accommodations.