What is the Minority AIDS Initiative Scholarship?

Alabama AETC offers a select number of Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) Scholarships to practicing and future nurses, physicians, physician’s assistants, mental health counselors, social workers, case managers, health educators, community outreach staff, and other healthcare professionals to support attendance at regional and national conferences or other training events related to hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and knowledge or skill enhancement.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants must reside in Alabama and meet one or more of the following criteria:

1. Identify as a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority community
2. Serve predominantly racial and/or ethnic minority populations in Alabama
3. Intend to serve predominantly racial and/or ethnic minority populations in Alabama

Scholarship Details

The current MAI Scholarship application opens September 1st, 2016 and closes September 23rd, 2016. Selected applicants will receive notice of their award by October 1st, 2016. Scholarships must be applied toward a domestic conference or other training event taking place between October 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2016. Applicants may request funds ranging from $50 – $2500. Applicants may apply for more than one conference, but should do so by submitting separate applications.

The MAI Scholarship program operates on a quarterly basis. The application for the Winter MAI Scholarship will open on December 1st, 2016 for conferences and training taking place between January 1st, 2017 and March 31st, 2017.

Conferences & Training

The MAI Scholarship Committee encourages applicants to consider the wide range of topics reflected in the list below, while also inviting applications for new and innovative conferences or training experiences.

Upcoming opportunities include:
• National Conference on Correctional Healthcare, October 22 – 26 in Las Vegas, NV
• 11th National Harm Reduction Conference, November 3 – 6 in San Diego, CA
• 2016 National Trans Health Conference, November 17 – 19 in Atlanta, GA
• International Conference on Stigma, November 18 in Washington, DC
• National HIV PrEP Summit, December 3 – 4 in San Francisco, CA

Past recipients have applied their MAI Scholarship funds toward attendance at the following conferences:

• Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center’s HIV Overview Course in Nashville, TN
• Saving Ourselves Symposium in Memphis, TN
• 29th Annual Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders in Seattle, WA
• International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
• United States Conference on AIDS in Hollywood, FL


For more information about the MAI Scholarship, please contact K.C. Vick at or 334-288-8091.
To apply, follow the link below.