Awards and Scholarships

Scholarship Program

The Foundation's Scholarship Program provides educational opportunities to association members. Our scholarships advance their professional development and assist diabetes educators with their annual continuing education requirements.

AADE Foundation Annual Meeting Scholarship
Supported by the AADE Foundation
This scholarship is awarded to a diabetes educator and provides complimentary registration to the AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Julie Betschart Scholarship
Generously supported by the Julie Betschart Fund. 
This scholarship is awarded to a pediatric educator or exercise physiologist and provides complimentary registration to the AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Patti Geil Scholarship
Generously supported by Laura Hieronymus, DNP-C, MSEd, RN, MLDE, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE
This scholarship is awarded to a registered dietitian and a first time attendee and provides complimentary registration to the AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Pharmacy Student Scholarship
Generously supported by the AADE Pharmacy Community of Interest
This scholarship is awarded to current PharmD students in their 3rd and 4th years. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in diabetes self-management education. Two scholarships will be awarded, each for $750 to be used for travel and registration to the AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Pennsylvania Scholarship
Generously supported by the Pennsylvania Coordinating Body
This scholarship is awarded to a diabetes educator in the state of Pennsylvania and provides up to $1,000 towards registration and travel to the AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Utah Scholarship
Generously supported by the Utah Coordinating Body
This scholarship is awarded to a diabetes educator in the state of Utah and provides up to $1,000 towards registration and travel to the AADE15 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Note: There is no application for this award.


Testimonials from past recipients of the AADE Foundation Annual Meeting Scholarships:
"Wow! This is totally unexpected and wonderful. Please extend my appreciation to the members of the AADE Education and Research Foundation. I have spent most of my working career in the field of diabetes education and it has provided both many challenges as well as personal fulfillment. I haven’t had the opportunity to attend very many of the AADE annual meetings. However, I found each one that I did attend to be stimulating and motivating, and I left each one with a renewed passion to improve my skills as a diabetes educator. Thanks again." Diane Ehlinger, RN BS CDE

"I couldn't believe it when I opened the email! I have never been to the Annual Meeting and you have made it possible! I am really excited.  Thanks again!!" Rachel Carron, RD CDE

 

Awards Recognition Program

Every year during the AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, we recognize excellence in diabetes education and service to the association and the larger diabetes community with the following awards. The application period is open each January.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Supported by AADE
Recognizes an individual who exemplifies the proud history of diabetes education and serves as extraordinary role model. A $5,000 donation is made to the AADE Foundation in honor of the recipient. Note: There is no application for this award. 

Allene Van Son Distinguished Service Award
Supported by AADE
Recognizes outstanding contributions and service to the association in honor of the first AADE president. The recipient receives an award of $5,000.

Diabetes Educator of the Year Award
Generously supported by LifeScan, Inc.
Honors a diabetes educator who has made a special contribution to the field through dedication, innovation and sensitivity in patient care. This award is given for the next consecutive year. The recipient receives an award of $5,000 plus a $10,000 travel grant towards the delivery of educational programs.

Advocacy Award
Generously supported by Novo Nordisk
This award recognizes an AADE member, volunteer or other person that has made significant contributions to AADE advocacy/legislative efforts. The recipient receives $1,000 towards registration and travel to the AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Note: There is no application for this award.
 
Innovative Use of Media and Technology Award
Generously supported by Valiteras 
This award supports the development and/or implementation of a concept for the innovative use of media and technology to advance diabetes self-management education/training. The project should have the potential to significantly improve self-management among individual patient practices or broad diabetes populations. The recipient receives a $3,000 grant for development of the project. In addition, the recipient will receive complimentary registration to the AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition for the next consecutive year to present their concept.

My AADE NETWORK Coordinating Body Achievement Award
Supported by the AADE Foundation
This award recognizes the activities of an AADE State Coordinating Body (CB) which significantly advanced and enhanced the MY AADE NETWORK Model in its state. The recipient CB receives $1000 towards registration and travel to the AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Rising Star Award
Supported by the AADE Foundation
This award recognizes a diabetes educator who has less than three years of diabetes education experience and has demonstrated leadership and commitment in their practice. The recipient receives a one-year AADE membership, complimentary registration to the AADE Annual Meeting & Exhibition and AADE products/services.