Incentive Grants & Awards for Students

Local Participation Grants

For local area students who are traveling less than 250 miles to the Annual Conference site.  WSSA will provide free Conference registration (which includes a non-subscription WSSA membership and a ticket to the President’s Luncheon).  Grantees must participate (by way of either presenting a paper or a poster, or by serving as a member of a panel) in the Conference program  Any authorized Dean of a higher education institution within the designated local area may certify up to five students from his or her institution to receive these awards.  The list of certified students must be forwarded to the WSSA Communications Director, Kate Herke, by March 1st of the Conference year.

Travel Grants

For students who are traveling more than 250 miles to the Annual Conference site.  WSSA will make grant of $500 each toward defraying the awardees' travel expenses.  Grantees must participate (by way of either presenting a paper or a poster, or by serving as a member of a panel) in the Conference program.  The student will complete an application letter to Theodore Ransaw: ransawth@msu.edu, that confirms his or her participation in the upcoming Conference and the need for the amount of the grant to defray travel expenses.  Recipients for grants will be selected by a Grants & Awards Committee that will be constituted and chaired by the Vice-President of WSSA. Up to ten (10) awards may be made by this Committee.  The list of grantees will be forwarded to the WSSA Communications Director by March 1st of the Conference year.  Grantees will be recognized at an appropriate WSSA function during the Conference.  Checks for the grant amount will be issued by the WSSA Communications Director following participation by grantees in the Conference.

John Wicks Dissertation Paper Award

For the author of a selected paper to be presented at the Annual Conference, which is based on a dissertation either in progress or completed before January 15 of the Conference year.  WSSA will provide a stipend of $1,000.  The awardee must participate by way of presenting the dissertation-based paper in the Conference program.  To be considered for this award, a candidate will complete an application letter to Theodore Ransaw: ransawth@msu.edu, that confirms his or her participation in the upcoming Conference and provide an endorsement from his or her dissertation advisor or chair which verifies that the paper is based on a dissertation. The winner will be selected by a Grants & Awards Committee that will be constituted and chaired by the Vice-President of WSSA.  The winner’s name will be forwarded to the WSSA Communications Director by March 1st of the Conference year. If selected as a Wicks Award winner, the awardee agrees to forego any other WSSA award that Conference year. The winner of the Wicks Award will be recognized in the Conference Program and at an appropriate WSSA function.