Submit a 2018 Travel Award Applicant Form

The Arthritis Foundation is pleased to offer limited financial assistance to families wishing to attend the JA Conference who meet certain criteria. The JA Conference travel award process is managed out of the Arthritis Foundation’s home office. Travel award applications are open to both children and their families (up to 4 people), and young adults (ages 18 – 25). Travel awards only cover partial expenses. They do not cover the cost of additional meals, transportation to/from airport, parking fees, room upgrades, or expenses related to additional members of the family. A committee of Arthritis Foundation volunteers will anonymously review applications from across the country; no member of the committee may apply for an award.

The deadline to submit your application is February 26, 2018.

The following criteria/guidelines have been established for awarding travel awards in 2018. 

Travel awards will be distributed into 3 different levels.



Level One

Registration (up to 4 people) or Single Registration

Level Two

Registration and lodging

Level Three

Registration, lodging (1 standard room) / 3 nights lodging and transportation (airline and/or mileage only) (up to 4 people)

  • Applicants will be required to select the location they plan to attend when completing the online application. It is required that applicants attend the conference that is geographically closest to them, unless they have a specific reason. Applicants must provide an explanation if choosing the location that is not closest to them. All applicants will fill out the same application, regardless of selected location. 
  • Eligible applicants include children diagnosed with juvenile arthritis or a related childhood rheumatic disease and their immediate family members, or a young adult (ages 18-25) with a rheumatic disease. 
  • Priority will be given to families and/or young adults who are engaged with the Arthritis Foundation (through advocacy, local JA initiatives and events), demonstrate a financial need/burden and/or are new to the Arthritis Foundation or are first time attendees. 
  • The Arthritis Foundation will pay for the above listed travel award benefits directly. No money will be distributed directly to scholarship recipients (with exception of mileage reimbursement). 
  • Registration Fee includes all planned activities, Opening Dinner and Closing Breakfast. Additional meals are not included. 
  • Lodging includes 1 standard room at the conference hotel that sleeps up to 4 people.
  • Transportation could include coach-class airfare/train fare for up to 4 people or mileage reimbursement. Mileage reimbursement follows the current IRS volunteer rate of .52/mile up to $500 maximum. Airline/train tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Travel awards DO NOT cover airline baggage fees, transportation to and from the airport, parking fees, room upgrades, meals, or costs associated with additional family members.
  • The travel award is for a family of four, if you choose to bring additional family members, you are responsible for all additional expenses. 
  • Travel award recipients will be required to complete an online commitment form stating they will attend all sessions, get involved with the Arthritis Foundation locally, and submit a "thank you" letter to be shared with donors following the event.
  • All information in this application will be kept confidential.
  • All applicants will be notified whether they have received an award or not by March 30, 2018.

Travel award applications can be found hereThe deadline to submit your application is February 26, 2018.

If you have additional questions, please contact Katie Bitner at kbitner@arthritis.org or 404-965-7538.