HDSA Annual Convention Scholarship Application 2024

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for scholarships to attend the 39th Annual HDSA Convention in Spokane, WA.

The intent of this scholarship program is to help families and individuals who have never been to an HDSA Convention attend the Society’s 2024 Annual Convention.

Scholarship Availability & Application

NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship is open only to first time Convention attendees who are not Washington residents.  Applicants must be 18 years or older as of January 1, 2024. Open to residents of the United States only. 

What does the Scholarship cover?

Travel by Plane - Scholarship will cover:

  • Round-trip airfare up to $500 per person for up to four family members (please note you must book and pay for your airfare and you will be reimbursed at the Convention);
  • One hotel room for up to four family members at the The Davenport Grand for 3 nights, May 30th -June 2nd.
  • Convention Registration Fees for up to four family members.
  • Saturday night Convention Gala tickets for up to four family members.

Travel by Automobile - Scholarship will cover:

  • Roundtrip mileage reimbursement at 67 cents per mile up to 1,000 miles round trip (distance to be calculated on Google Maps);
  • One hotel room for up to four family members at the The Davenport Grand for 3 nights, May 30th -June 2nd.
  • Convention Registration Fees for up to four family members.
  • Saturday night Convention Gala tickets for up to four family members.

*Reimbursement checks will be issued to be picked up onsite at the Convention Registration Office.


What doesn’t the Scholarship cover?

  • Hotel incidentals (You will need to have a credit card and ID to check into your room.)
  • Transportation to and from the hotel/airport.
  • Meals that are not provided as part of the Convention registration. 

 

WASHINGTON STATE RESIDENT SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship is open only to first time Convention attendees who are Washington State residents.  Applicants must be 18 years or older as of January 1, 2024. Open to residents of the United States only. 

Travel by Automobile - Scholarship will cover:

  • Roundtrip mileage reimbursement at 67 cents per mile up to 1,000 miles round trip (distance to be calculated on Google Maps);
  • One hotel room for up to four family members at the The Davenport Grand for 3 nights, May 30th -June 2nd.
  • Convention Registration Fees for up to four family members.
  • Saturday night Convention Gala tickets for up to four family members.

*Reimbursement checks will be issued to be picked up onsite at the Convention Registration Office.


What doesn’t the Scholarship cover?

  • Hotel incidentals (You will need to have a credit card and ID to check into your room.)
  • Transportation to and from the hotel/airport.
  • Meals that are not provided as part of the Convention registration. 

 

NEW JERSEY RESIDENT SCHOLARSHIP

The Dr. Daniel Schneider Memorial Scholarship was established by Penny Moreno as a memorial tribute to her son’s work in psychiatry and neurology through the HDSA Center of Excellence at Rutgers University in support of the New Jersey Huntington’s disease community. 

The scholarship is to be awarded to qualified, deserving families from New Jersey to attend the HDSA Annual Convention.  Families must demonstrate financial need/hardship. In addition, preference will be given to families attending their first Convention.   

 

ELIGIBILITY 

Selection of the Scholar Family will be made by the New Jersey Chapter based on applications submitted and received through the Convention Scholarship Program.

Eligible scholarship applicants must: 

  • Live in New Jersey 
  • Demonstrate financial need/hardship 
  • Complete a Convention scholarship application 
  • In addition, preference will be given to families attending their first Convention 

AWARD 

The selected family will receive a one-time award of $1,000 towards travel expenses related to attending the National Convention. 

Expenditures related to the Scholarship shall be subject to the guidelines of the Convention Scholarship Program.   

*Reimbursement checks will be issued to be picked up onsite at the Convention Registration Office.

 

 

KENTUCKY RESIDENT SCHOLARSHIP

The HDSA Jean Meyer Kentucky Chapter Scholarship was created to honor the legacy of Jean Meyer who was an avid member of the HDSA Kentucky Chapter Board.

The scholarship is to be awarded to qualified, deserving families from Kentucky to attend the HDSA Annual Convention.  Families must demonstrate financial need/hardship.

 

ELIGIBILITY 

Selection of the Scholar Family will be made by the Kentucky Chapter based on applications submitted and received through the Convention Scholarship Program.

Eligible scholarship applicants must: 

  • Live in Kentucky
  • Must be "at risk" for HD, tested positive, a caregiver, relative of support of HD individual in Kentucky area.
  • Applicant must be 18 or older as of January 1, 2024
  • If you are a first time convention attendee, you must apply to the Annual HDSA Convention Scholarship first. The HDSA Kentucky Chapter Scholarship will only consider first time attendees if there is proof that they were denied a scholarship award on a National Level.
  • If you have ever attended an Annual HDSA Convention the first time convention attendee clause does not apply.
  • More than one family member is encouraged to apply, but depending on the number of applicants, we may limit 2/family.

AWARD 

Travel by Plane - Scholarship will cover:

  • Round-trip airfare up to $600 per person for up to four family members (please note you must book and pay for your airfare and you will be reimbursed at the Convention);
  • One hotel room for up to four family members at the The Davenport Grand for 3 nights, May 30th -June 2nd.
  • Convention Registration Fees for up to four family members.
  • Saturday night Convention Gala tickets for up to four family members.
  • Meals Per Diem $50-this allowance may include Thursday lunch during flight or prior to Thursday night reception, Friday night dinner and Sunday breakfast or lunch depending on flight schedule after convention. Please note: all other meals at convention are included in your registration fees. (Per diem will be reimbursed after the Convention. Itimized receipts must be received by due date)

What doesn’t the Scholarship cover?

  • Hotel incidentals (You will need to have a credit card and ID to check into your room.)
  • Transportation to and from the Louisville Airport.
  • Meals that are not provided as part of the Convention registration. 

*Reimbursement checks for travel will be issued to be picked up onsite at the Convention Registration Office.

 

Application Deadline:

ALL Applications must be received no later than midnight, Friday, March 1st, 2024.


Notification of Winners

Applicants will be notified no later than March 16, 2024 as to whether they have been awarded a scholarship.

Questions or Concerns

Please contact Maggie Haley at mhaley@hdsa.org

Select Which Scholarship you are applying for

Which Scholarship are you applying for? Please refer to the criteria above and select the one you qualify for. *

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1. Please confirm if you or your family have ever attended an Annual Convention (Each scholarship has different parameters, please read each one carefully.) *
2. Did you apply for a Convention scholarship in a previous year? *
3. Are you actively part of a local HDSA Chapter/Affiliate and/or support group *
4a. Will you require airfare to Convention? *
5. The total 2023 Gross Annual Income for your household was: *
6. How many adults are employed in your household *
6. The primary source of income is *
 

Essay

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8. Release of Liability: I hereby accept full responsibility for the safety and care of myself and the family members traveling with me should I be awarded an HDSA Annual Convention Scholarship. I and my family members traveling with me are able to travel on our own and attend the HDSA Annual Convention in Spokane, WA without aid or supervision. *
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