ASAE Research Foundation Announces Recipients of 2023 CAE Scholarships

August 9, 2023

WASHINGTON— The ASAE Research Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2023 CAE Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to support a diverse workforce of underserved communities in pursuing the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential.

Through the CAE Scholarship Fund, grants of $500 are awarded to eight recipients. These funds can be applied to the application fee (a total of $500) or used for exam preparation (i.e., reading materials or prep courses.) In addition, all scholarship recipients awarded the scholarship will receive the member rate for the CAE exam registration (including non-members), which must be used within one year of award receipt.

The 2023 CAE Scholarship recipients are:

  • Kelsey Copeland - MFA Communications and Events Director, Associated Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors of Texas
  • Dr. Ashley Cross - Sr. Director of Education and Content, Association of Technology Leaders in Independent schools
  • Derrick Johnson, CMP, DES - Convention and Events Director, National Medical Association
  • Meda Merritt - Sr. Director of Membership & Chapter Development, American Fire Sprinkler Association
  • Rebecca Morgan, MPA, APR - Executive Director, Nisha Media Leadership Solutions
  • Noelle Parsons, MA - Account Manager, Strategic Association Management
  • Shena Seppanen - Assistant Executive Director, Society For Biomaterials
  • Patricia Woodley, M.Ed - International Membership Director, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International

In reflecting on the winners, Lowell Aplebaum, FASAE, CAE, CPF, shared that “earning the certified association executive credential is not just a milestone. It’s a journey. Those three letters after your name, they open the door to a world of opportunity and often are a key piece of the path to leadership in our profession. I know, for me, I would not be where I am without having earned the CAE and I hope the scholarship is another key milestone on a professional trajectory of success and impact for all the recipients.”

The CAE Scholarship was reactivated through generous contributions to the ASAE Research Foundation from Lowell Aplebaum, FASAE, CAE, CPF, Matthew Gertzog, FASAE, CAE, ASAE Business Solutions Inc. and additional donors.


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ASAE is a membership organization of more than 47,000 association executives and industry partners. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at