Awards Policy

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WACUHO provides several awards. The monies designated for these awards were intended to offer financial assistance for the recipient(s) attendance at various conferences throughout the year. It is understood that in some instances the award amount may not defray all expenses associated with conference attendance. In those instances it is expected that the recipient or his/her institution will fund the balance. General Guideline: In order to provide enough time to advertise, collect applications, and select and notify recipients, the following timeline is suggested (with respect to registering by the early bird deadline for a conference): Eight weeks prior to deadline: Advertise award and make application available Four weeks prior to deadline: Award applications due Two weeks prior to deadline: Select and notify recipients and conference registration chairs Please Note: An individual cannot receive more than one WACUHO award per membership year.


Joan F. Mortell Award

The WTI Joan F. Mortell Award is a $500 award open to a new professional attending WTI. Selection is made through the New Professionals Committee. The award covers the cost of registration, and the remaining balance may be applied toward travel costs to the conference.

New Professional Annual Conference and Exposition Awards

Two $650 awards are provided to new professionals attending the WACUHO Annual Conference and Exposition. Selections for these awards are also made through the New Professionals Committee. The award covers the cost of registration, and the remaining balance may be applied toward lodging and/or travel.

Diversity and Affirmative Action Award

The Diversity and Affirmative Action Award is a $650 award. Selection is made through the Diversity and Affirmative Action Committee. The award covers the cost of registration for the Annual Conference and Exposition, and the remaining balance may be applied toward lodging and/or travel costs to the conference.

National Housing Training Institute (NHTI) Award

WACUHO’s NHTI Award is split among all WACUHO members who attend ACUHO-I’s National Housing Training Institute. Application for NHTI is open to all WACUHO members, and the NHTI committee selects applicants for participation in the program. WACUHO’s $1,000 award is granted to WACUHO members accepted into NHTI. If there is more than one WACUHO member accepted, the $1,000 is shared among the participating members. Payment is made directly to the awardee(s) via NHTI.

John Yarborough Award (and ACUHO-I Best Of)

The John Yarborough/ Best of the West is awarded to the top program presenter(s) at the WACUHO Conference based on evaluation scores that demonstrate presenter knowledge and outstanding session content and design. The WACUHO John Yarborough "Best of the West" award of $1000 is specified to use toward the ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition - ACE. In addition, ACUHO-I has partnered with My Favorite Student as an exclusive sponsor to support the $1000 ACUHO-I "Best of" award for each region. These combined awards are specified for ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition - ACE. If the winner is unable to attend ACE, s/he retains the John Yarborough award title and, the monies may be awarded to the next eligible program presenter.

ACUHO-I New Professionals Annual Conference and Exposition Award

The ACUHO-I New Professionals Annual Conference and Exposition Award rewards outstanding achievement and provides encouragement to new professionals in the WACUHO Region. It is designed to support new professionals who would otherwise be unable to attend the ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition. The award covers $1,000 in conference registration and travel/lodging for the ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition. The award is presented to the recipient at the ACUHO-I conference via a check. The selection process is coordinated by the WACUHO New Professionals Committee. The committee also reviews all applications and selects the awardee.

Distribution of Awards

The Association’s Treasurer and the registration chair of the appropriate program committee (e.g. WTI or Annual Conference and Exposition) should be notified after each award recipient is selected. If registration payment has already been made by the award recipient then a refund check can be written to the individual or institution, depending on how the registration payment was originally made. With the exception of ACUHO-I, the Treasurer will work with the award recipient to obtain appropriate receipts for reimbursement. Neither the number of awards offered nor the award amount is to be modified without prior approval by the Executive Committee. Any changes must go before the Executive Committee and would go in to affect the following fiscal year. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the Executive Committee.