CAE Scholarship


The original CAE Scholarship program was founded in 2011 by ASAE volunteers of the Executive Management Council and ASAE staff, in homage to a beloved council member and credential holder, John P. Mamone. The previously established CAE Scholarship program intended to provide scholarship awards to association executives who have applied to sit for the CAE exam within the calendar year. In 2023, we have revitalized and reimagined the scholarship program, with the intentionality towards providing financial assistance to association professionals of underserved communities seeking to obtain the CAE designation as a pathway to greater opportunities and impact on their journey in the association workforce.

Scholarship Description

The CAE scholarship program will provide financial assistance to support a diverse workforce of underserved communities in pursuing the Certified Association Executive credential. Each scholarship recipient will receive an award of $500– which can be applied to the application fee (a total of $500) or used for exam preparation (i.e., reading materials or prep courses.) In addition, all scholarship recipients awarded the scholarship will receive the member rate for the CAE exam registration (including non-members), which must be used within one year of award receipt. Additionally, each non-member scholarship recipient will receive one-year of complimentary ASAE membership and the scholarship award amount.


Association professional in need of financial assistance to achieve the CAE credential, who meets the required qualifications to sit for the CAE exam within a year of being awarded the scholarship may apply. To increase the pool of qualified applicants and to alleviate the monetary barrier to pursuing the credential, membership in ASAE is not required. Demonstration of financial need may be requested.


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2023 Recipients

Kelsey Copeland, MFA
Communication & Events Director
Associated Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors of Texas

Dr. Ashley Cross
Senior Director of Education & Content
Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools

Derrick Johnson, CMP,
DES Director of Convention & Events
National Medical Association

Meda Merritt
Senior Director of Membership & Chapter Development
American Fire Sprinkler Association

Rebecca Morgan, MPA, APR
Executive Director
Nisha Media Leadership Solutions

Noelle Parsons, MA
Account Manager
Strategic Association Management

Shena Seppanen
Assistant Executive Director
Association Headquarters Inc.

Patricia Woodley, M.Ed
International Membership Director
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International


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