Future Leaders Professional Development Scholarship

A young professional focused scholarship that provides direct access to experiences and connections to well established leaders in the association community.

Future Leaders Professional Development Scholarship 

The young professionals of the association community are the budding leaders of the future. Their energy and passion electrify all associations at various organizational levels. This combined with their presence at existing meetings, events, and activities in the realm of associations always provides a fresh perspective. Noticing this tremendous impact of young professionals within ASAE, Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE (ASAE President & CEO) approached the ASAE Research Foundation with an idea of an initiative to provide an opportunity specifically for young professionals. Michelle’s well-established commitment to the association community and experience working at various organizational levels of associations made this effort a priority.

The intention of this effort is to provide opportunities aligned with ASAE’s value of workforce development and commitment to education. The young professional focused scholarship will provide direct access to experiences and connections to well established leaders in the association community by providing financial assistance to attend ASAE’s marquee event(s), and exposure to networking opportunities.

Founding Donors

Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE

Whiteford, Taylor, & Preston

Destination Cleveland
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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation




The young professional scholarship program will have a primary focus on workforce development. Each scholarship recipient will receive an award of $3,000 which will be designated for travel, housing or additional cost related to attending ASAE in-person events. In addition, all scholarship recipients will have access to an established executive within the association community for individual mentoring.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Meets young professional age criteria (35 and under before January 2025)
  • Current ASAE member
  • Current resume or cv
  • Letter of support from a leadership element within the association community
  • Willing to participate in a structured outreach & promotional campaign for the ASAE Research Foundation (writer’s corner, testimonial video, volunteer committee)


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