Community Scholarships

Community Scholarships are intended to support the participation of individuals and organizations for whom the registration fee would otherwise be a barrier to participate. Preference will be given to people and organizations that will diversify the voices and representation in coastal management discussions and who have not previously attended SOC. Decisions regarding the acceptance of abstracts and the awarding of community scholarships will be made independently.

To accelerate the search for solutions for the many coastal issues affecting Louisiana, we have a social responsibility to incorporate different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds to create a stronger and more equitable work environment to deliver better results. To support an inclusive State of the Coast conference, we are launching Community Scholarships through which individuals and organizations are better able to share their experiences and learn new ideas. We encourage women, veterans, LGTBIQ+ people, people of color, developing professionals and others to become a part of our network and to apply to the Community Scholarship program.

Process and timeline 

The Community Scholarship process will be launched on November 8, 2019, and closes January 31, 2020. Throughout this time, you can submit your scholarship application. In the weeks following, we will assess scholarship applications based on the established selection criteria. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the selection process no later than the end of February 2020.

In order to allow more people to attend the State of the Coast Conference, we will offer the following types of scholarships:

  • Full participation: This will include coverage of the participant’s fee

  • Daily participation: This will cover one day of the participant’s fee

Based on the assessment of your application, we may decide to offer you only a daily scholarship, even if you have applied for a full scholarship. Please provide relevant information in the application form to help us assess your capacity to contribute to the costs of your participation.

Selection criteria

In assessing applications for scholarships, we will take into account the following:

  • We are committed to ensuring outreach and accessibility for coastal communities and professionals in all their diversity. We give particular attention to diversity of representation from communities and groups – whether it is women, veterans, LGBTIQ+ people, people of color, or developing professionals.

  • We particularly welcome applications from individuals and organizations that are underrepresented within coastal restoration issues.

  • Attending the State of the Coast is an important opportunity for activities to build networks. Part of our mission is to expand our network by providing opportunities to individuals who have not been able to attend previously. To this end, a large portion of scholarships will be allocated to first-time attendees.

  • At the same time, we recognize the value of attending the State of the Coast Conference for individuals more than once and will also focus on returning participants.

  • Selected applicants will need to demonstrate how they contribute to the work of coastal restoration in their region or community. Recurring applicants are expected to explain how they have used their participation in previous conferences in their work.

  • If you apply for a scholarship during the early bird registration period and are denied a scholarship, you will still be able to attend State of the Coast at the early bird rate.

Exclusion criteria 

  • We prioritize individuals and organizations that are underrepresented in coastal restoration. Other types of applicants, such as representatives of corporate entities, are encouraged to cover their participation.