CAE Scholarship

Do you need assistance paying for costs associated with preparing for the CAE exam? Consider applying for a CAE scholarship from the Association Forum Foundation or Million Dollar Round Table.

Association Forum Foundation Scholarship:

Designed to help aspiring CAEs at Chicago associations cover the costs of studying for the CAE exam, this scholarship gives recipients an award covering the costs of the CAE application fee and CAE Study Course registration, as well as assistance with standard CAE study materials. Candidates who are from populations underrepresented in the association management industry are encouraged to apply. Scholarship Award: up to $1,000.

Million Dollar Round Table John J. Prast CAE Scholarship

This scholarship was established in the name of the Million Dollar Round Table's retired chief executive officer, John J. Prast, CAE. Prast was an association professional for 37 years who was committed to excellence and strongly supported the value of the CAE. The goal of this scholarship is to honor Prast’s contributions to the industry, demonstrate Million Dollar Round Table’s support of both the CAE designation and the Association Forum’s commitment to the designation, and help an aspiring CAE candidate achieve this professional goal. This award covers the cost of the CAE application fee, CAE Study Course registration, and assistance with standard CAE study materials. Current employees of the Million Dollar Roundtable are not eligible for this scholarship. Scholarship Award: up to $1,250


To be eligible for a CAE scholarship, you must:

  1. Be a current Association Forum member.
  2. Appear to meet the eligibility requirements to apply for the CAE designation.
  3. Demonstrate financial need based on your organizational, not personal finances.

Current employees of the Million Dollar Round Table are not eligible for the John J. Prast Scholarship, but will be considered for all other scholarships offered.


Candidates are required to complete and submit an application and provide a letter of support from their immediate supervisor. All candidates will automatically be considered for both scholarships. The Association Forum’s Awards and Scholarship Committee will review and select scholarship winners.

Scholarship Award

Depending on the scholarship received, recipients can be reimbursed for the following:

  • ASAE CAE application fee ($500 for ASAE members; $750 for non-ASAE members)
  • The Association Forum CAE Study Group ($450 for Forum members)
  • Standard CAE Study materials ($0 - $350)



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