Every Spring



Annual Award



Spring Semester


2019 Applied Behavior Analysis EDU $1,000 Excellence in Practice Scholarship

With a master’s degree being the standard requirement for board certification, becoming an ABA doesn’t come cheap. But if you’re dedicated enough to get into this field, you’re not going to let the cost of getting the education you need stand in the way. In fact, it’s that very attitude that brought you here looking for ways to make earning your master’s more affordable.

We’re honored to be able to make earning that degree a little more affordable with our Excellence in Practice Scholarship.

AppliedBehaviorAnalysisEDU.org is now accepting applications for our first annual scholarship essay contest – worth $1,000!


Submission Deadline

The application window is open until May 1st 2019. We will accept and consider any qualifying submission that comes in by midnight on this date.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Any recently accepted or currently enrolled first or second year grad student in a qualifying master’s program in education, psychology, or ABA that includes the Verified Course Sequence required to be eligible for BCBA certification.

All current grad students must provide proof of having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their graduate studies.

All recently accepted students looking forward to beginning their master’s program must provide proof of being accepted into a qualifying program, and proof of having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their undergraduate studies.

Scholarship Application Requirements

You will need to submit just four things to meet the scholarship application requirements:

  • Complete application form with verifiably true and accurate information
  • 100% original essay that addresses the topic described below (2,500 words or less)
  • Proof of enrollment or acceptance in a qualifying master’s program (letter of acceptance or another verifiable document with university letterhead)
  • Proof of meeting minimum GPA requirements (transcript summary or another verifiable document with university letterhead)

The application form, required documentation, and essay must all be submitted at the same time.

Any false or inaccurate information on the application form or plagiarized content on the essay would be grounds for immediate disqualification.

Essay Topic

We want to know the story of what inspired you to start thinking about a career in applied behavior analysis. Perhaps you’ve seen the results of ABA in action, or maybe you came across it when researching therapy options for a loved one. Maybe you always knew you wanted a career in education or psychology, and just found ABA to be the perfect niche for you.

Whatever your reasons might be, we want to hear your story in 2,500 words or less.

We believe that whatever inspired you to pursue a graduate degree in ABA is something you will carry with you throughout your career. Be sure to share your thoughts on why you feel so strongly about applied behavior analysis that you decided to make it a major part of your life, and how your personal journey into the profession will influence your approach to practice.

Scholarship Application

By submitting, you agree to our privacy policy and disclaimer.

Selecting the Winner

Our staff will review all applications and essays that meet the basic requirements and select a winner based strictly on the strength of the essay.

The essay topic is all about your personal experience and your own subjective thoughts and opinions. So naturally, there is some subjectivity to our selection process. This means that everyone with a qualifying GPA who is enrolled in or has been accepted to a qualifying master’s program has an equal shot at winning, regardless of background, employment history, or extracurriculars. We feel this is the most equitable way to approach the selection process.

We know that all applicants are worthy of the award, but we’re limited to choosing just one winner per year.

Announcing the Winner

We will announce the winner of the Excellence in Practice Scholarship within 30 days of the close of the application window on May 1st  2019.

We will start by contacting the winner by phone or email to deliver the good news. At that time, we will ask for proof of current enrollment and transcripts covering the period of time that passed since submitting the application. No further documentation would be required for students who submit their essay and application within the spring quarter/semester.

If the selected recipient is unable to supply the required documentation, or if the GPA has dropped below 3.5 since submitting the application, we reserve the right to rescind the award and give it to another applicant.

We will ask the winner to provide a picture of themselves along with a few words that we will publish right here on AppliedBehaviorAnalysisEDU.org.

We will then make our official announcement to share the good news with our readers.

Paying Out the Award

We will make out a check for the full $1,000 award and send it directly to the winner in one lump payment immediately upon making our official announcement.

The winner is free to use the proceeds at their discretion to apply toward tuition, books, housing or any other expenses they need to cover during their graduate program.

Non-Discrimination Policy 

AppliedBehaviorAnalysisEDU.org does not discriminate based on age, race, sex, religion, disability status or sexual orientation. All qualified applicants are given equal consideration and are assessed strictly based on the strength of their essay. It is at the sole discretion of our staff to select the applicant we feel best exemplifies the traits and values of a great ABA.