The following criteria will be considered when reviewing scholarship applications for genetic professionals seeking funding to attend professional meetings or pay for professional fees.
For students applying: Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited genetic counseling program. Proof of enrollment may be required.
For professionals applying: current employment in clinical practice or research position in clinical genetics. This includes multiple setting types, including but not limited to academia, industry, and advocacy.
Demonstrated Interest in continuing education in subspecialty areas of clinical genetics: Applicants should demonstrate a genuine interest as evidenced by their coursework, research projects, or relevant work experience. This criterion ensures that the scholarship benefits individuals committed to building and advancing their careers in clinical genetics.
Conference Attendance Plan for Learning and Leadership grant: Applicants should provide a detailed plan outlining the specific professional meeting or conference they intend to attend and how it aligns with their career goals. This plan should include information about the conference, such as the date, location, and anticipated benefits of attending.
Plan for Professional Fees grant: Applicants should specify how the funds will be used for professional fees, society special interest group membership, or examination fees.
Expected Contribution: Applicants can use the personal statement box to explain how attending the professional meeting or conference or reimbursement of professional fees will contribute to their professional development and the field of genetic counseling. This could include discussing potential research presentations, poster sessions, networking opportunities, or workshops they plan to attend.
Professional Engagement: Applicants who demonstrate involvement in relevant professional organizations, research projects, or community service related to genetic counseling may receive additional consideration. This criterion emphasizes the importance of active engagement and commitment to the field.