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The Martha Mattingly Fund

Martha Mattingly Scholarship: Tributes to Martha

Celebrating a Pioneer in Our Profession: the legacy of DR. MARTHA MATTINGLY
Power point presentation made to the First World CYC Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland/Labrador by the MMF Committee June 25, 2013.

Snapshot of Martha
Written by Dr. Karen VanderVen to commemorate Martha’s work upon her death in 2013.

In Memoriam
Published in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education News, Fall/Winter 2013-14.

Martha Mattingly: A Life To Celebrate And Legacy To Implement
Published in WEB Magazine.

Martha Mattingly Scholarship Opportunities & Application Forms


The Martha Mattingly Scholarship is awarded to support professional development and leadership of early career child and youth care work professionals. Scholarship recipients may use the scholarship funds for professional engagement including the following:

  • Attending meetings of professional associations or other leadership events;
  • Attending national and international conferences relevant for child and youth care work professionals;
  • Attending trainings, seminars, and other professional education programs which contribute to professional leadership;

Scholarships are available to child and youth care work practitioners in any country.  Funding may be used to attend events in any location. Typically a person can be granted a scholarship once.

Each year the Mattingly Scholarship Committee designates an amount of funding that will be awarded in that year.  In some instances only attendance at specific events will be funded.  In other years, scholarships will be made available to fund events based on applicants’ requests.

Scholarships are granted based on:

  • Individual merits of an application;
  • Availability of scholarship funds;
  • Committee’s decision as to what funds can be used for during the year the event occurs in;

Applicants must agree to write a brief (500 to1000 word) summary of their experience and how it contributed to their professional development.  The summary may be used in future publications/postings relating to the Mattingly Scholarship Fund.  The committee may approach scholarship recipients for permission to use their photograph in future Mattingly Scholarship promotional materials.


In 2017, one $500.00 scholarship will be awarded to attend the WACYCP Regional Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 1, 2017.
Application deadline: March 15, 2017
Award decision by:  April 17, 2017

To apply for a scholarship:

  1. Verify that funds are designated for the event you are interested in attending or that open funding has been announced.
  2. Complete and sign the Scholarship Application Form.
  3. Submit the contact information for two of the following:
    1. current or previous instructor(s) in post-secondary education program, and/or
    2. current or previous supervisor(s) or program manager/administrator(s), who can provide support for your professional competence, interest/expertise, and  leadership in the child and youth care work profession.  List on the application form the contact information of the two primary people who can be contacted to make recommendations on your behalf.  Additional letters of recommendation can be included.
  4. Submit a current resume detailing relevant work history, education, previous awards, professional association memberships, and involvement in leadership activities within the profession.
  5. Attach a one to two page legible document (typed is preferable) responding to the following questions:
    1. What event do you want to attend?  
    2. How is this event relevant to CYC practice?
    3. How will attending this event expand your professional development and/or leadership abilities?  
    4. How will you use the experience to maximize its impact on yourself and your professional community?
    5. The Mattingly Scholarship may not provide adequate support to completely fund your attendance.  What other sources of funding will you use so you can attend the event?
  6. The completed, signed application, narrative, references and resume can be sent to the Martha Mattingly Scholarship Fund by:
    1. Emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (Please scan the documents and attach to the email).  This is the preferred method for transmission.
    2. Faxing to (979) 764-7307
    3. Mailing to: Martha Mattingly Scholarship, 1701 Southwest Parkway, Suite 113, College Station, Texas 77840, USA
  7. For additional information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please submit your application and all supporting documents together.

Please be advised that Martha Mattingly Scholarship submissions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  If you previously emailed your application to Dr. Carol Kelly, please resend your application paperwork.

2012 Award Recipient: Jacolyn Trites

jacolynI am truly humbled to have been presented with the Martha Mattingly scholarship at the 2013 World CYC conference in Newfoundland CA, in June, 2013.  

As I was writing my letter of application for this award, I spent some time exploring who Martha Mattingly was.  What I discovered was that she was a mentor, a teacher, an academic, a friend and a professional who had vision.  She was all of the things that I strive to be.  I took the opportunity to apply for the scholarship, not really believing that I would even have a shot; it was open to a whole world of developing professionals.  

When I was notified that I was one of the two successful candidates, I found myself in a state of disbelief.  I felt like I had won an Oscar!  I was bubbling with excitement and in shock that I had been chosen.  Being awarded this scholarship was the opportunity of a lifetime; it was because of this financial scholarship that I was able to attend the CYC World Conference in NL – an experience which has been life changing.

Upon my arrival to Newfoundland, I became so overwhelmed with the people, the information sharing, the knowledge, and the passion; I found myself so humbled by the privilege I had been given.  I am a Child and Youth Care practitioner because I love it.  I am a Child and Youth Care practitioner to my core, it runs through my blood, and there I was, with more than 500 people who shared my passion!  What a surreal experience!  

When I had the honour of sitting down to lunch with the selection committee, and they wanted to talk about me, celebrate me, I let them know that celebrating me is not something that I am very good at.  I am really great at celebrating the youngsters with whom I work, the students with whom I facilitate, my colleagues and friends, but not myself.  I don’t need to be celebrated.  The young people are the ones who need us, who long for someone to show them genuine caring, push them to do better, challenge them to grow, set boundaries and offer structure.

I believe in the work that I do, and because of that belief my work is genuine.  I have a story, and I share pieces of it as I see fit.  I do my work (although it is hard to call it that) relationally; I believe that it is the best way to practice.  Gerry Fewster said in his keynote “Relationship is not a feeling.  Relationship is an action.”  This resonates much of what my practice is.  Yes, I care about the youngsters, and it shows up in every engagement I have with them, but it is more than that.  I tell them that they are important, I help them see each of their successes, I am an advocate, I am vulnerable with them, and I have expectations.  The youngsters with whom I am therapeutically engaged, meet those expectations, are vulnerable with me, and learn to celebrate themselves.    And THIS is why I love what I do!!

Telling my story: connecting through tattoos!

Jacolyn Trites

jacolyn-foottattoI recently had the pleasure of having someone ask me, with some hesitation, if she could see the tattoo I have on my arm.  With great excitement I asked her if she would like to hear the story if my tattoos; it is a story that I love to share, and I wear my tattoos proudly because they represent my journey.  I shared with this person that it is my belief that all tattoos have a purpose, a story, and in my experience people most often like to share that story.

This is mine:
In 2000, I welcomed into the world a very healthy little person who is my complete world!  I was in a very unhealthy relationship and soon found myself raising this little bundle of pure joy by myself.  I was a high school dropout, had no training, and not an ounce of self-esteem.  I was lucky to have a job in a foster home that I could take my son to every day, but knew that the environment wasn’t always safe for him to be there.  In 2005, I decided that I needed to go back to school.  I received my grade 12 diploma equivalent in 2006, graduating with honours, third in my class.  I had a faculty member who believed in me, fostered my resilience, and told me that I could be someone.  I applied for college and in 2008, received my Child and Youth Care diploma.  I had gone through a significant change; from a caterpillar cocooned into a butterfly, a seed had been planted and I had bloomed.  All I had to do was imagine I could do it, believe in myself for a moment, and I could achieve my goals!

courage2I soon found myself in a place that I did not recognize; I was successful.  I had not known this feeling before now, and I discovered that I liked it!  I soon believed that I had the ability to go places, but still needed some encouragement and nurturing.  Within two years, I was a fulltime Child and Youth Care Worker, and after another year was invited to become a causal faculty in the very program that I had graduated from.
It was then when I decided on my STRENGTH and COURAGE tattoos.  Taking on this opportunity to facilitate was going to push me out side of my comfort zone, again and again.  It would challenge me to be able to articulate theory connected to practice, to be confident in my practice, and to learn to trust myself to be able to take on new opportunities for learning.  The heart is a copy of a pendant that was my first Mother’s Day gift from my son; a mother embracing a child.

joclyn gohigherAs I have continued to engage in my journey, I found myself wanting to do more, know more, and become more.  There is a song by Johnny Reid (Maher and Reid, 2010 track 11), that offers me inspiration, and a belief that I can get to wherever I want to be.  The lyrics are “Just when I feel I've reached the moon you look at me and say, ‘Let's go higher, let's go higher’.  The woman who is my mentor, my friend, my confidante, is the “you” that reminds me when I forget, that I am strong, I am powerful and I have places to go!

My tattoos are unique; I have created them to tell my story.  Now, I am waiting for the inspiration for my next one!!!!

2014 Opeyemi Olajida Olowookere


Opeyemi Olajide Olowookere is my name.  I am the Executive Director of the Global Support for Kids Initiative, formally called and known as Save the African Child Initiative, a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization that is poised to minimize the incessant increase of child abuse in our society.  We also focus on giving hope to the street children through our Rescue Rehabilitate and Reunion (RRR) project.        

 It was my great pleasure to attend the National Wraparound Conference 2014, that was held March 11–13, 2014 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, so that I could represent my humble organization that has being championing the cause of children and my great nation of Nigeria in the waves of change in wraparound and systems of care. The conference consisted of a great lineup of speakers and fostered a relaxed yet stimulating atmosphere in which attendees could mingle with each other and speakers during intimate and casual social functions and talks. I can boldly say this was my first time attending a conference that really inspired me in my work.  

I want to officially express my sincere gratitude to the Martha Mattingly Scholarship for providing me with a travel grant to attend the conference, also my good friend Frank Eckles that recommended me to the conference organizers, and to the other conference organizers and sponsors for putting on such an amazing and wonderful event. The travel grant I received paid 70% of my air travel between Laurel, Maryland and Cocoa Beach, Florida, without which I would have been unable to attend the conference.

My first day at the conference was so wholesome.  I was so excited to be one of the African delegates; the reception given to us was very unique.  I was so happy when they were introducing me to other delegate including my colleague from South Africa. That night a delicious free dinner was provided, catered by the conference organizers, during which I met one-on-one with the youth from the JIM CASEY Youth Opportunities Initiative and some of the other delegates (who were different from me in age but quite similar in terms of our passion for embracing and promoting child and youth care).

There were too many presentations given during the conference to mention them all, so I will highlight a few that made the biggest impression on me and just touch on others. The conference officially started on Tuesday, March 11 with the Keynote address:  Lessons of 25 Years of Wraparound: Why does wraparound work?  Following this presentation we were divided into groups that attended different sessions.  My group attended: 1) Youth Thrive Matters: Connecting the dots between the youth thrive framework and wraparound programs, 2) Youth Engagement in Case Planning to Build Social Capital, and 3) An Introduction to Professional Certification in Child & Youth Care.  I was impressed by the certification presentation and completed testing for the CYC-P during the conference.  It made me feel so fulfilled and proud that I will soon be a certified Child and Youth Care Professional; the first in Nigeria.

Wednesday, March 12 was another special day, which started with a keynote address presented by Wraparound Milwaukee entitled From Hope to Healing: The importance of resiliency in building safety for children and families. Immediately after the break we went for the first small group presentation Developmental Assets in Foster Care: Building relationship, trust and skill. This session was so interesting because I was given the opportunity to share my experience working with street children. I talked about my relationship with them and how I was able to build trust with them. It was an unforgettable experience.  People in my group told me they were so proud of me after I shared my experience.  I left feeling so happy and fulfilled. The second and third presentations overviewed the Youth Thrive Framework and Trauma Informed Care (part 1 & 2) during which I learned a lot about trauma and much about how our brains work. During this session I was given the chance to share my experience as a young boy growing up in Nigeria.  Another part of the session that I enjoyed so much was when the speaker asked ten of us to participate in an activity that demonstrated how we can work as a team to archive our goals while encouraging the development of thriving assets.  

That same Wednesday, I was given an award during the luncheon awards ceremony.  I was acknowledged as the first Nigerian that completed the CYC-P testing. I was so happy when Dr. Andrew Schneider-Munoz, the President of the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice (ACYCP), called my name and invited me to the podium.  

The conference ended on Thursday, March 13 with a keynote address Partners On The Journey: What Finding Nemo can teach us about forming effective child and family teams.  This was followed by a panel discussion, questions and answers.

Overall, I was very impressed and pleased with the talks given by such great speakers over the course of the conference. In addition to making new friends, gaining new knowledge and inspiration, and talking one-on-one with some prominent figures in the CYC field, I left the conference feeling very satisfied, enlightened, and motivated.  What more could one ask for when attending a conference?   My sincere appreciation goes to the Martha Mattingly Scholarship once again for giving me the opportunity to be part of this wonderful event.  I cannot wait to see how I will use what I have learned to improve the work we are doing with children and youth in Nigeria.



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