The Association of Professional Advisers and Counselors (APAC)


One of the goals of the Association of Professional Advisers and Counselors (APAC) is to foster professionalism and encourage professional development. The funds are made available from membership dues and are awarded by the APAC Executive Board on an annual basis.


Scholarship money is designed to cover the costs of a class, workshop, conference, meeting or other costs associated with attending a professional development opportunity related to advising and counseling. Members are encouraged to submit proposals as groups, as well as individuals (for instance, applying for funds for a motor pool rental to get to a regional conference).

Scholarships are given for up to $100 per applicant, per year. Advisers and counselors are encouraged to apply for the funding level they need for an activity. There is no set amount awarded and funding may be provided for full or partial expenses. Scholarship funds will be distributed after receiving receipts AND proof of attendance at, and completion of, the professional development opportunity.


The applicant must be an APAC member AND a permanent UW staff member (full or part-time) who advises/counsels students at 50% or more of their job responsibilities.

Applications must be submitted for future training opportunities. Funding will not be provided to reimburse prior professional development activities.

Selection Criteria

The following areas have priority in the granting of scholarships:

  • Membership in APAC
  • Level of participation in the UW advising and counseling community
  • Presenting (includes roundtable or poster sessions) at a national, regional or state conference or workshop
  • Applications which propose to cover group expenses, thereby opening up opportunities for the benefit of multiple advisers or counselors
  • Scholarship recipients who are planning to contribute to the APAC community in return for receiving the scholarship. He/she may contribute their new learning in several ways, including, but not limited to: offering a workshop to the APAC community about their experience at the conference or workshop; hosting a brownbag to discuss a topical issue presented at the conference; and/or sharing professional resources through the APAC website (bibliographies, papers, etc.).

How to Apply

Fill out the application form and email it to Stephanie Swanson or Sam Scherer, APAC Scholarship Chairs, at least one month prior to the proposed activity date. Please see the application for details. Recipients are allowed one scholarship award per year (4 quarter cycle).

Questions? Contact Stephanie or Sam.