Professional Development Scholarships - ACA, Southeastern

How To Apply

ACA, Southeastern offers two different scholarship opportunities. The purpose of the scholarships are to help support professional development for youth development and camp professionals. 


  1. Applicants must either be a member of ACA or complete the FREE One Year Membership
  2. Download and Complete the Financial Aid or Conference Scholarships Form
  3. Send completed applications to Brandon Mitchell at   

Scholarships are awarded on a first-come basis and priority will be given to first-time applicants from Southeastern. Preference will be given to those applicants who have not received prior scholarship funds. If funds are available, applicants who have received funds in the past will be considered.

James Hollandsworth reading by a fireThe James "Pop" Hollandsworth Memorial Scholarship

Honoring the life and work of James "Pop" Hollandsworth, funds from this scholarship are available to help support participation in a local, regional, or national education-based event. Examples include the Southeastern Fall Camp Conference, the ACA National Conference, or other ACA-sponsored events.

About Pop

Pop Hollandsworth was a figure in outdoor leadership, camp, and education for over 50 years in Western North Carolina. Beginning with his early years at Camp Sequoyah and his latter years at the Asheville School, Pop was dedicated to positively impacting the lives of youth, utilizing outdoor spaces as his classroom. Pop served for many years as the Executive Secretary for the ACA, Southeastern Section, and was named Board Member Emeritus of the Section in 2009. Though he passed away in 2013, his legacy will live on in the Southeast.


Apply for Financial Aid or Conference Scholarship

The Peggy Adams Equestrian Scholarship

This scholarship is designed specifically to support participation in an equestrian education course or training. Courses should be hosted by ACA recognized equestrian organizations, such as the Certified Horsemanship Assocation (CHA) or equivalent. One scholarship is given away each year for $250.00.

Peggy Adams with 2 horsesAbout Peggy

Peggy Adams spent many years working for and supporting camps in Georgia. During that time, she also spent many years tirelessly serving the Southeastern Section as a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors. Since retirement, Peggy has continued her love of working with kids in the out-of-doors, this time through the operation of her own stables in Georgia, providing riding lessons and boarding horses.

Download Equestrian Scholarship Application

What our past  recipients say:


...the scholarship gave me access to a group of professionals who made me realize that camp is a real profession. The ACA conferences made me realize that what I really wanted to do with my life was not only a possibility, but a true profession that people work their whole lives towards. I always knew I wanted to make a difference, the exposure and professional development that the conferences brought to me allowed me to find the right path to do that. Thank you for the opportunity.

Without the Southeastern Professional Development Scholarship Funds, I would not have been able to attend the Southeastern Conference. There I gained valuable knowledge about the camp issues that matter most to me. More importantly, the conference was really the first time I started my inter-camp support network. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity, thanks ACA!