Members Area

Student Diversity Conference Grant


The Association for Applied Sport Psychology's (AASP) Diversity Committee (DC) works to "ensure that AASP honors its commitment to diversity... [And] makes recommendations to AASP's Executive Board on strategies and directives that will create an inclusive community for all our members" (2013). In line with the DC's purpose, it is committed to developing and supporting initiatives that focus on increasing multicultural diversity amongst the AASP membership.

While maintaining a racially and ethnically diverse membership is a challenge for many organizations, AASP is no exception as the field of sport and exercise psychology (SEP) is still an evolving subspecialty within the academic disciplines of psychology, sport, and exercise science. Including the voices of emerging scholars of color will enrich the scholarly and applied practices of the discipline.

The purpose of the AASP Student Diversity Conference Grant is to provide racially and ethnically diverse students with a developing interest in SEP, who have not previously attended an annual AASP conference, the opportunity to:

  1. attend the virtual conference in October,
  2. learn more about the field of SEP, and
  3. develop professional connections within AASP as well as the field of SEP.


  • Applicants must identify as a racial and/or ethnic minority currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program (and will be enrolled at the time of the next annual conference).
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
  • Must be currently enrolled full time in a Psychology, Kinesiology, Exercise Science, or Sports Science program or a closely related major.
  • Applicants must be first-time student attendees at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Annual Conference.

Application Materials

  • Letter of interest that addresses applicant's interest in sport and exercise psychology, the importance of addressing diversity in sport and exercise psychology, and goals for attending the conference.
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the institution.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Professional letter of recommendation from a professor, professional mentor, or advisor who can attest to the student's academic abilities, educational goals, and professional interests.


The recipients of the AASP Student Diversity Conference Grant will be provided:

  • a paid AASP 2021 virtual Annual Conference registration; and
  • an AASP Student Membership for the 2021 and 2022 calendar years.

Deadline for Application

August 6, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. (EDT)

Application Submission Procedure

Application materials should be sent via email to Amanda Perkins-Ball, Chair of the AASP Diversity Committee by 5 p.m. (EST) on August 6, 2021 in one PDF file:

Amanda Perkins-Ball, PhD
Chair, AASP Diversity Committee

Only completed application materials sent by the specified date and time will be reviewed by the grant committee.

2021 Grant Recipients:

Kelli McGuffin, John F. Kennedy University
Keith McShan, Wayne State University

2020 Grant Recipients:

Beny Collins, John F. Kennedy University
Sloan Johnson, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Giscard Petion, Georgia State University
Tatiana Zhuraleva, New Mexico State University

2019 Grant Recipients:

Eduardo Castillo, Adler University
Jessica David, Indiana University
Randi Gray, University of Kansas
Jackie Hyman, Indiana University
Sonia Johnson, Boston University
AJ Newton, University of Connecticut
Jessica Renteria, Texas Christian University
Alexandra Rodriguez, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Majidullah Shaikh, University of Ottawa

2018 Grant Recipients:

Chelsea Battle, Auburn University
Chris Diaz, Drexel University
Reisha Hull, London South Bank University
Victor Kidd, University of South Carolina
Jahmia Phillips, Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus
Kyle Prescott, Temple University
Farhan Shaikh, West Virginia University