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Professional Development Scholarships
...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!
The Southeastern Field Office offers two different scholarship opportunities. The purpose of the scholarships are to help support professional development for youth development and camp professionals. Download application and full scholarship guidelines here.
The 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.
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 name Board Member Emeritus of the Section in 2009. Though he passed away in 2013, his legacy will live on in the Southeast.
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 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.
Preference is given to members of the Southeastern Region of the American Camp Association, however, anyone can apply. Applications are accepted year-round and are reviewed 6 weeks prior to an event, with notification given 4 weeks out from the event. Both scholarships utilize the same application form. Download the application form and a full list of guidelines now!