American Council on Exercise by American Council on Exercise

Every year, the IDEA World Convention brings together thousands of exercise professionals and health coaches who share a passion and enthusiasm for getting people moving. Of course, it’s educational, with sessions led the most knowledgeable and experienced industry leaders. But, in many ways, the convention is also a celebration – a place for exercise professionals to inspire, motivate and encourage each other to change the health of their communities. 

At ACE, we believe IDEA World is an event that every exercise professional should experience at least once. However, not every exercise professional has the opportunity to attend, often due to financial considerations. Thanks to Peter and Kathie Davis, the pair that founded IDEA in 1982, financial considerations will no longer be a barrier for a handful of convention hopefuls.

This year, Peter and Kathie Davis established an IDEA World Convention Scholarship Fund in recognition of the exceptional work of exercise professionals and health coaches who are making a difference in their communities.  The Davis’s will award up to five scholarships to attend the 2018 IDEA World Convention in San Diego, California, June 28-July 1. The scholarships will include the full cost of registration and travel expenses (i.e. flights, ground transportation, hotel, meal stipend).

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the IDEA World Scholarship:

  • Hold a current certification by a national recognized organization as an exercise professional or health coach
  • Hold a current membership with the IDEA Health & Fitness Association
  • 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.

Each completed application will be reviewed by the IDEA World Convention Scholarship Committee, which will prioritize applications based on two criteria:

  • Substantial contributions towards empowering their community to get moving
  • Demonstrated need for financial support to attend the IDEA World Convention

Are you interested in applying for the scholarship?

ACE will begin accepting applications on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Applications will close Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. No late applications will be accepted. All applicants will be notified of their application status by April 30, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you at the ACE Mover Academy at IDEA World, an entire education track featuring speakers from ACE and ACE partners who will explore the role that exercise professionals can play in efforts to overcome some of the nation’s most challenging health issues.

Good luck!

Apply today!