Diversity and International Scholarships

The Diversity and International Committees are proud to announce the 2018 VASTA Conference Diversity/International Scholarships. VASTA as an organization values the benefit of hearing the voices and ideas of a diverse group of practitioners. These scholarships will provide an opportunity for practitioners from underrepresented or historically marginalized populations as well as International residents (outside of U.S. /Canada) to attend the VASTA/PAVA Joint Conference. This year the conference will be held in Seattle, Washington - August 11-14, 2018.                    

These scholarships are intended for:                                APPLICATION DUE: April 15, 2018

Members who demonstrate a need
Practitioners who have attended no more than one conference

VASTA will offer:

Diversity Scholarships: (U.S./Canada residents only)

One $750 scholarship to early career voice practitioners (adjuncts, lecturers, freelancers.)
One $500 scholarship to a graduate student

      (In addition, the conference fee will be waived.)

International Scholarships: (Outside of Canada & the United States)

One $1000 Scholarship International voice practitioner
One $500 scholarship to an International graduate student

      (In addition, the conference fee will be waived.)

You are eligible for the Diversity Scholarship if:

You identify as a member of a diverse group (including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, differently-abled, and/or gender identification) and/or practitioners who are non-native English speakers.

You are eligible for the International Scholarship if:

You reside outside of Canada & the United States.


Applicants for the Diversity/International Scholarships must submit the following:

1) A 2-page condensed C.V. (with contact info)

2) A statement which includes:

Affirmation that you meet the above requirements
Self-identification as a member of an international or diverse community
An explanation of how attending the conference would benefit your practice and career

3) Your Postal Service permanent mailing address


Applicants will be reviewed and voted on by members of the VASTA Diversity and International Committees, respectively. In the case of a tie, the Committee Chairs will make a final decision.

Scholarship recipients will be asked to write for the VASTA newsletter about their experience at the conference, or how their experience at the conference affected their subsequent work. Scholarship recipients will be invited to serve on the International Committee or the Diversity Committee.

Please Note: Applicants need not be current VASTA members. Please submit your materials in .doc or .pdf format via e-mail to Cynthia DeCure, Diversity chair (diversity@vasta.org) by the April 15, 2018 deadline. Specify which scholarship: Early career, graduate, International, International graduate in the subject memo of the email.

Past Scholarship Recipients


VASTA Chicago 2016 gave the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas about our profession with dear colleagues. It allowed me to build valuable networks and bridges with other teachers of the voice and speech. I could only define the experience as transforming and inspiring. VASTA's approach to diversity and interculturalism is not merely a matter of being politically correct or complying with an agenda. Rather, it responds to an authentic aim of learning among equals and the spirit of growing not only as professionals but also as human beings. -Oscar Quiroz, 2016 VASTA Diversity Scholarship Recipient



VASTA Chicago 2016 was very inspiring for me to come into contact with many high-level voice professionals from all over the world, to interact with them sharing questions, and to have the opportunity to discover how many different voice methods do exist. I had the chance to come across other theatre methods where the artist’s emotional life is evaluated as a key factor in the voice teaching; this made the VASTA Conference an essential experience to me. -Chiara Claudi, 2016 VASTA International Scholarship Recipient




sayda_112.jpgVASTA Montreal 2015 gave me the opportunity to engage with voice practitioners from around the world. I reunited with friends, colleagues, and mentors to play, to listen and to ask profound questions about voice pedagogy, practice, cultural inclusivity, and identity. It was an invaluable experience that reinforced my responsibility as practitioner and educator. - Sayda Trujillo, 2015 VASTA Diversity Scholarship Recipient




12022161_10153959438880839_676481458_o.jpgWould I suggest others apply for future VASTA scholarships? Yes! Did I feel included, yes!  Would I enthuse over the outstanding opportunities to share practice and network with other voice and speech professionals? Yes!  VASTA’s pluralistic approach to inclusivity was not a sign of fashionable tokenism; there was a genuine curiosity about my own journey into the profession and the challenges I have faced so far as a creative, black, male gay individual.  - Joel Trill, 2015 VASTA International Scholarship Recipient


Alicia Richardson Headshot(1).jpgThe VASTA Diversity Scholarship gave me the means to attend my very first conference. Had it not been for the award, I would have missed out on valuable connections, especially to other teachers of color. The bonds I formed at that first conference led to my presenting a panel with my new found comrades the following year. I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow with my peers. - Alicia Richardson, 2014 VASTA Diversity Scholarship Recipient