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The Appalachian Studies Association was formed in 1977 by a group of scholars, teachers, and regional activists who believed that shared community has been and will continue to be important to those writing, researching, and teaching about Appalachia.

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The ASA is headquartered at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Mary Thomas, Executive Director, and Christopher Leadingham, Office Manager, can be reached via email at mthomas@marshall.edu and leadingham6@marshall.edu, respectively.

Telephone: (304) 696-2904
Fax: (304) 696-6221
Mailing Address:
    Appalachian Studies Association
    One John Marshall Drive
    Huntington, WV 25755

40th ASA Annual Conference

EXTREME Appalachia!

March 9-12, 2017

Virginia Tech,
Blacksburg, Virginia

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Deadline: February 9, 2017

New this year: ASA will be offering a limited number of scholarships to seniors who are age sixty-five or older. Please check “Senior” on the form below if you would like to be considered.

The Appalachian Studies Association offers a limited number of scholarships to individuals requiring financial assistance to attend the ASA annual conference. We truly love funding people. It is part of our mission. In the past we have been able to fund most of those who have requested a scholarship. Our funds are limited so we prioritize our scholarships according to those with the most need. We ask applicants to first seek financial assistance from their own institution or organization, if applicable, before applying for an ASA Scholarship.

Scholarships cover the cost of registration/membership only. Meals and other ticketed activities are not included. Travel and lodging are the responsibility of conference attendees. An ASA scholarship serves as your registration for the conference. Scholarship applicants do not need to register or pay UNLESS they have been notified that they are not receiving a scholarship. The scholarship application deadline is February 9. Recipients will be notified by February 16. Meals must be ordered by March 2.

Please note the following:

  • Be sure to include an email that is checked frequently so you do not miss the award notification! Please contact us at asa@marshall.edu if you do not hear from us by February 16.
  • If you apply for a scholarship and pay registration, we will assume that you do not need the scholarship and will award it to someone on our waiting list.
  • Award recipients must confirm receipt of the award by emailing asa@marshall.edu by February 23.
  • Scholarship awards may not be transferred to another conference attendee.
  • Recipients who accept the award and later find that they are unable to attend should email asa@marshall.edu so that the award can be redirected to someone on our waiting list.
  • Meals may be ordered by completing the conference registration form, available at http://appalachianstudies.org/annualconference/files/2017-registration.pdf, and marking “Scholarship Recipient” at the top. Completed forms should be returned by email to asa@marshall.edu or by US Post to Appalachian Studies Association, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755.
  • Applicants who do not receive the award should register online at http://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/jas/subscription.html by February 23 to receive the pre-conference rate.
About the Scholarship Applicant

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If you are participating in the conference, please list the name of your session and/or presentation:

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Are you a senior (age 65 or over)?

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Are you planning to attend the conference for all three days?

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Are you planning to share a ride to the conference with another scholarship applicant?

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Brief Summary

In the box below, please provide a brief summary (50-100 words) specifying your basis and need for a scholarship.


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Have you received scholarship funds in the past?

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If you are part of a group that has other scholarship applicants, please fill out this section. Students from a college or university that have multiple student scholarship applicants will qualify as a group. Each individual member of the group must complete an application.

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