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GACE offers two research scholarships to career services and employer members each year. Scholarships will provide a maximum of $1500 to be used for academic research, a professional development program/event, research resources, certification, or work project.

We encourage our members to grow in their areas of expertise and wish to support that growth through this scholarship. For example, GACE members should apply for this scholarship to aid in their completion of research projects for graduate school, attendance to professional development conferences related to their area of expertise, or obtaining a certification relevant to the field of career services and recruiting

The purpose of the GACE Research Scholarship is to promote and support research or study projects, professional development programs or event, research resources, certification, or tuition toward a related activity that will further the professional advancement of GACE and its members.

Research scholarships should support the GACE mission and purpose:

GACE Mission: The mission of the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers is to provide a link between employers and career services officials, provide professional development, promote professional and ethical standards, and foster relationships among employers and career services professionals.

GACE Purpose:

  • TO AID in the career selection and job search of students and alumni of post- secondary educational institutions within Georgia
  • TO CREATE and strengthen cooperative professional relationships between employers and schools
  • TO PROVIDE the exchange of information regarding career development and employment trends affecting students and alumni
  • TO INCREASE the availability and diversity of career and job search services to students and employers throughout the state by providing professional development opportunities
  • TO DEVELOP and strengthen student and alumni qualifications through the implementation and maintenance of quality experiential learning programs in cooperative education, internships and student employment
  • TO PROMOTE the highest ethical standards of individuals engaged in career development, job search services and recruitment.

The scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded to recipients in June of their award year and must be used by May of the following year.


  • Active GACE membership during nomination year
  • Demonstrated commitment to the philosophy/mission of GACE
  • Current or previous representation on a GACE board or committee(s)
  • Career Services Professional: Active employment within a college or university career services or experiential education center within the GACE membership
  • Employers: Active employment with an employer in the field of HR located within the state of Georgia (those with college recruiting responsibilities will be given preference)
  • Preference will be given to professionals who:
      -  Have two or more years of experiences, and who are in or aspire to be in a managerial position
      -  Work at a school or company that has not had a recipient in the past five years

Applications are reviewed for efforts in any of the following areas:

  1. (15%) Completed nomination form
  2. (50%) An essay no more than two pages in length outlining intended research, project or program
  3. (25%) Itemized budget outlining funding needs and rationale for their expense
  4. (10%) Résumé

Nominations can be made online annually during the open nomination time period each spring. A GACE committee will review the application materials and select a winner. All application materials must be received by the deadline posted on the GACE website. Partial submissions will not be accepted.

The winner will be recognized annually at the Awards Reception at the GACE Annual Conference.

A progress report is due to the GACE Research sub-committee to track the progress of the research/project. The report due dates will be established when the project is awarded. Failure to provide these reports could result in a delay or loss of funding.

Funds for the research/project will be distributed at the time of the award and based on amount requested from the scholarship winner through an itemized budget. Amounts of up to $1,500 will be awarded.

In your itemized budget describe and support each item. Suggested items include:

  • Personnel needed (release time, percent of salary, clerical assistance, graduate assistants)
  • Project materials
  • Program registration
  • Postage, printing or office supplies
  • Travel
  • Other direct and indirect costs (amount and date), if appropriate

The amount of the award is stated in the agreement letter and based on the budget submitted in the proposal. Recipient must keep a detailed account of invoices, receipts, and other documentation for all project expenses, to be submitted with final research report.

If conducting academic research, the researcher must agree to follow all federal law and research guidelines when completing this research.

The project must be completed within the allotted time frame. The goal is that the recipient will present on their research/project at the annual GACE conference in the year in which the project is completed. Upon completion, the recipient will submit a comprehensive final report including an abstract or brief description suitable for inclusion in the GACE newsletter.


  Application Release January
  Applications Due  March
  Award Announced  Annual Conference
  Distribution of FundsJune 
  Submission of Progress Report #1 August Board Meeting
  Submission of Progress Report #2 November Board Meeting
Submit Program Proposal to Conference January
  Submit Final Report March Board Meeting
  Present at Annual Conference Annual Conference


  • 2019  -  Patrick Ledford, North Georgia Technical College
  • 2019  -  Stephani Womack, Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce


Friday, April 2nd, 2021

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