Student Scholarships for OMA 2018 Now Available!

With the start of a new calendar, many of us begin thinking about what professional development opportunities we would like to attend in the upcoming year.

But for many students, attending workshops and professional conferences isn’t usually an option. With tight budgets and tight schedules, traveling out of state and paying out of pocket for registrations are major barriers to those wanting to learn more about the field in which they are studying.

The Ohio Museums Association is committed to connecting and empowering museum professionals at all stages of their career– including our student and emerging museum professionals!

Through generous donations, OMA is very proud to once again offer those students who are seeking careers in the museum fieldFull Conference Registration Student Scholarshipsfor OMA 2018 in Dayton.

Click here to submit a 2018 OMA Student Scholarship Application Packet

Scholarships include all Sunday and Monday day conference activities and registration, along with a 2018 Student Membership to the Ohio Museums Association.

As part of the OMA Scholarship, each recipient is also responsible for writing one article for the OMA blog. This article is a way for our student attendees to share their unique perspective of the OMA 2018 experience.

To apply for an OMA 2018 Student Scholarship:
Applicants must be a current student (or entering school) in a museum-related field. Applicants must submit the following information as their application packet:

  • Scholarship Application Form

  • Current Resume (2 page limit)

  • Essay (500 words or less) addressing the following topic:
    How do you hope attending the OMA Annual Conference will be a relevant experience in preparing for your museum career? What are the take-aways you are hoping to gain from attending OMA 2018?

Complete student scholarship information is available on theScholarship Application Page.

Click here to complete your Scholarship Application.


Not submitting your application online? Click here to download a paper application form.

Completed application packets can be submitted via email to:[email protected], Subject: 2018 Scholarship Application; Or via post to: Ohio Museums Association, 2018 Scholarship Committee, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Deadline to apply: February 26, 2018.

Those selected for 2018 Scholarships will be notified no later than March 16, 2018.

Visit the Conference page for complete information on the 2018 OMA Scholarship Program!

The Ohio Museums Association’s 2018 Student Scholarship covers one Full Conference Registration, including:

  • Sunday Morning Discovery Walk at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
  • Sunday Pre-Conference Workshop,  “Serving the LGBTQ Community” presented by Equitas Health
  • Sunday Evening Tour
  • Annual Awards Dinner
  • Sunday EMP Gathering
  • Monday Breakfast
  • All Monday sessions and Roundtables
  • Monday Keynote Luncheon

Scholarship also includes one year of student membership to the Ohio Museums Association, valid through January 15, 2019.

Travel and hotel accommodations are not included in this scholarship, and are the responsibility of the attendee.

Saturday Pre-Conference tours are not included in this scholarship, but may be registered and paid for separately.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected to represent the diversity of the museum community. Scholarships are non-refundable and not exchangeable for cash.

For questions, please contact OMA at [email protected] or 614.297.2375.

We look forward to welcoming our student attendees to OMA 2018 – Dayton!