2017 Call for Summit Proposals

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

The ACA welcomes experienced higher education professionals to submit proposals to present a Conference Session for the 2016 Annual Summit on September 28 - September 30, 2017 at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, TN.

All proposals should reflect current work, recent findings, and /or new perspectives with priority given to proposals that link the work of multiple institutions and reflect diverse perspectives, innovations, disciplines, and programmatic areas.  Please review the "Call for Proposals" guidelines before beginning your application.

Application deadline July 17, 2017

2017-2018 Colonel B. Ledford Scholarship

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The Colonel Lee B. Ledford Student Research Endowment supports research experiences for students enrolled at ACA member institutions. Students in a variety of disciplines have been supported in the past: e.g., English, sociology, history, biology, computer science, and religious studies.

*The application must have the support of a faculty member who will agree to serve as a mentor throughout the research project.

Please review the list of application materials and responsibilities for Ledford Scholar applicants before beginning your application.

Accepting Applications October 9, 2017 -  January 21, 2018

2017-2018 Travel Grants

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The Appalachian College Association supports faculty development at member institutions by offering $1000 per academic year per institution as travel grants for faculty presenting their research at regional, national, and international conferences. Each individual award will not exceed $500.


Only Travel Grants submitted by a Chief Academic Officer will be considered.

2018 Barbara Paul Robinson Scholarship

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

The Appalachian College Association is pleased to announce the Barbara Paul Robinson Scholarship, named in honor of a New York City attorney who provided services to the association. A scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded annually to an ACA college student that shows potential of becoming an attorney and is dedicated to making a positive change in Appalachia.

Please review the list of eligibility requirements and complete application materials before beginning your application.

Accepting Applications January 29, 2018 - March 24, 2018

2018-2019 Faculty Fellowships

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The ACA appreciates the extremely high caliber of faculty on our member campuses and understand the difficulty that our member schools sometimes have in providing these faculty with funding for research. The ACA and the contributors to the ACA Faculty Fellowship Endowment are proud to assist our schools in providing professional development resources to their deserving faculty.

Please review the list of application materials and eligibility for Faculty Fellowships before beginning your application.

Accepting Applications August 21, 2017 -  October 29, 2017