Research Fellowships & Scholarships

Research Fellowships

SoACE provides a $1500 Research Fellowship to promote and support research and study projects that will further the stated professional purposes of SoACE and its members. Research proposals should fall within the SoACE mission which states:

SoACE is organized exclusively to create a common understanding between individuals in career services and college relations focused on the career development and employment of the college-educated to promote and foster relationship among the constituents; serve as the voice of the profession for the southern region of the United States; create and retain leaders in the profession by facilitating the exchange of knowledge and insight; provide professional development and promote high professional standards; and identify trends, issues, challenges, opportunities in the profession.

Applications are now open through February 25.

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Fellowship History

  • 2021 -- Matthew Cowley, University of Florida
  • 2020 -- Kertesha Riley, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2017 -- Kelvin Rutledge, University of Georgia
  • 2015 -- Adrian Ramirez, St. Edward's University
  • 2014 -- Charlie Wilder, Mississippi State
  • 2014 -- Amanda Walker, Austin Peay State University
  • 2012 -- Wendy Shoemaker, University of Kansas
  • 2011 -- Marian Higgins, University of Georgia
  • 2009 -- Sarah Helm, University of Tennessee

 Professional Development Scholarships

SoACE is offering three scholarships to our career services professional and employer members. Two scholarships will provide a maximum of $2000 to be used for a professional development program, event, resources, or certification toward a related activity of your choice. One scholarship will provide a maximum of $1000 to be used for the SoACE Employer Relations Summit. Applications are now open through February 25.

The scholarship must be used by April 1, 2023. 

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  1. Career Services Professional – Active employment within a college or university career services or experiential education center within the SoACE region.
  2. Employers – Active employment with an employer in the field of HR located within the SoACE region (those with college recruiting responsibilities will be given preference).
  3. Membership in SoACE.
  4. Preference will be given to professionals with:
    1. Two or more years of full-time experience in career services, recruiting, or related field and who have been given, or who aspire to, a managerial position and,
    2. Whose institution/organization has not had a recipient of the SoACE Professional Development Scholarships or the SoACE Fellowship in the past two years and,
    3. Demonstrated financial need for the scholarship and,
    4. Demonstrated involvement in an –ACE organization (NACE, SoACE, or state ACE).
  5. Completed application and requested materials.

Scholarship History

  • 2021 -- Doris Alcivar, University of Central Florida
  • 2021 -- Karen Johnson, Tulsa Tech
  • 2021 -- Dylan Tedder, Arkansas State University
  • 2020 -- Megan Simpson, Austin Peay State University
  • 2020 -- Cheryl Hicks, Wake Forest University
  • 2020 -- Mason Murphy, Texas State University
  • 2019 --  Katie Ramirez, Trinity University
  • 2019 -- Ashley Rizzotto, Florida International University
  • 2019 -- Angel Iverson, University of Florida
  • 2019 -- Marisol Zacarias, Agnes Scott College
  • 2018 -- Dia Buchanan, Belmont University
  • 2018 -- Elizabeth Enck, University of Central Oklahoma
  • 2017 -- Valerie Kielmovitch Mandel, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • 2017 -- Donna Srader, Texas Tech University
  • 2017 -- Stacy Shields, University of Houston - Clear Lake
  • 2016 -- Tara Stevenson, Flagler College
  • 2016 -- Kathy Creel, Middle Tennessee State University
  • 2015 -- Jill Boatright, Loyola University New Orleans
  • 2015 -- Kenetta Pierce, Columbia College
  • 2014 -- Mary Mahoney, University of Tennessee
  • 2014 -- Ann Reynolds, Mounted Security Patrol
  • 2014 -- Tiffany Waddell, Wake Forest University
  • 2013 -- Heather Reece
  • 2013 -- Shereada Harrell, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • 2012 -- Charlie Wilder,  Mississippi State University
  • 2011 -- Michelle Jones, Elon University; Monica Choi, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2009 -- Mary Mahoney, University of Tennessee
  • 2008 -- Karen Jubert, University of Houston

Questions? Contact the Professional Development Scholarship & Research Fellowships Chair: Myles Lofland, Hardin Simmons University ([email protected]) or the SoACE Office ([email protected])


Thank you 2022 - 2023 Annual Association Sponsors!

Diamond Sponsors ($10,000)


Gold Sponsors ($7,500)


Silver Sponsors ($5,000)  

Bronze Sponsors ($1,000)


Friends of SoACE ($500)