Scholarship Details

How the Convention Scholarship Program Works

The Convention Scholarship Program will award a limited number of full and partial scholarships in 2016 to individuals who submitted an application by the deadline date. Convention Scholarships are awarded as stipends and specific areas for reimbursement may be indicated on the application. Scholarship Awards do not have a cash value and grant monies will not be awarded directly to the recipients. Grants will be awarded in the form of reimbursement for airline/mileage expenses and/or event registration fees (travel receipts will be required and capped amounts apply). Rooms in the Convention Room Block at the Marriott have already been reserved for scholarship recipients.

Eligibility: Any individual interested in receiving financial assistance in the form of a grant is eligible for a Convention Scholarship. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older (or travelling with a parent or legal guardian) and have plans to attend the OAC Convention. Applicants not eligible to receive a scholarship include: health professionals seeking CE Credits; and relatives of OAC staff, National Board Members, or OAC Committee Members (or actual members of these groups).

Number of Scholarships Awarded: The number of scholarships granted will be based on the total number of applications received, along with the total expenses requested on the scholarship application. The OAC will award full and partial scholarships.

Review Criteria for Scholarship Awards: Applications will be evaluated based on a weighted scale, according to the following criteria – Statement of Financial Need (50%); Impact of Obesity on Your Life (35%); and Your Intent for Attending the Your Weight Matters Convention (15%).

Evaluation Process: In order to ensure the most objective decision-making process, the OAC has selected an outside third-party to handle the review/evaluation of all Convention Scholarship applications. The OAC’s National Board, staff, and committee members do not have any involvement in the evaluation/decision process for awarding scholarships. The Obesity Research Team at the Milken Institute School for Public Health at the George Washington University will serve as the Convention Scholarship Review Committee and will handle reviewing and receiving all applications. Given a third-party’s participation in the process, the OAC maintains its strict privacy policy and your personal information will not be shared with any outside entity other than members of the Obesity Research Team at George Washington University. In addition, your information will not be used for research purposes but will strictly be used in awarding Convention Scholarships.

Scholarship Program Key Dates:

    • Application Process Opens: Monday, April 17
    • Application Deadline: Friday, May 19
    • Application Third-party Review: Week of May 22
    • Application Status/Award Notifications Sent: No later than Friday, June 2

Scholarship Awards Notifications: Once the review process is complete, Convention Scholarship award recipients will be notified by the OAC via email. Recipients will receive a form that acknowledges the details of the scholarship, including next steps. All individuals who submitted an application for a Convention Scholarship will be contacted by the OAC with the status of their application once the review process is complete and recipients have been notified.

Questions about the Convention Scholarship Program? Please contact the OAC directly at
(800) 717-3117 or convention@obesityaction.org.