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Apply for a scholarship to the
2019 IDEA® World Convention

Anaheim, California, June 26 - 30

The application deadline has passed.
All applicants will be notified of their status by April 30, 2018.

To support the exceptional work of exercise professionals and health coaches who are making a difference in their communities, Peter and Kathie Davis have established an IDEA World Convention Scholarship Fund. This year they will award up to five scholarships to attend the 2019 IDEA World Convention in Anaheim, CA June 26 — 30. They will work closely with the American Council on Exercise (ACE), who will administer the scholarships.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide recipients with a unique opportunity to learn from the best thought leaders in the industry, network with like-minded professionals, advance their careers and become better prepared to make an impact on individuals and communities around the country.

This scholarship is made possible by Peter and Kathie Davis, who established the IDEA Health & Fitness Association in 1982, and later established the first professional fitness certification organization in 1985—the IDEA Foundation—which evolved into ACE. They dedicated their careers to fostering professionalism in the health and fitness industry, and inspired millions of people around the world to lead healthier, happier lives.

Each scholarship award includes a stipend that covers:

+ 2019 IDEA World Convention registration

+ Travel expenses related to the 2019 IDEA World Convention
(i.e., flights, ground transportation, hotel, meal stipend)

Individual scholarship award amounts may vary and are determined by the IDEA World Scholarship Committee. Scholarship recipients are responsible for registering for the 2019 IDEA World Convention; booking their travel arrangements; and paying all taxes due on the value of the scholarship award.

To be eligible for the IDEA World Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:


Be currently certified by a nationally recognized organization as an exercise professional or health coach


Be a first-time IDEA World Convention attendee


Submit an application to include:

A brief essay (300-word minimum to 350-word maximum) on why the applicant wants to attend the IDEA World Convention, his or her impactful contributions to the world of fitness and why financial assistance is needed.

The application deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. No late applications will be accepted.

All applicants will be notified of their status by April 30, 2019.

How to Apply:

To apply for the IDEA World Scholarship, please submit the online application by Friday, March 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

The IDEA World Convention Scholarship Committee will review all completed applications. The committee will prioritize applicants whom they believe have demonstrated:


Substantial contributions to encouraging people to get moving in their communities


A need for financial support to attend the IDEA World Convention