top of page


The Walter Spohn Trust provides financial support to educational and research projects to advance the field of Anaplastology through diverse giving programs. 

Student Scholarship Anchor
Anaplastology Student Scholarship Program

The WST Anaplastology Student Scholarship Program is intended to help anaplastology students gain access to valuable experience and education by offsetting the cost of registration to the International Anaplastology Association Annual Educational Conference. The 2024 IAA Annual Conference will be held in-person April 26th & 27th, 2024 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. This meeting will be an in-person event only. Up to five scholarship recipients will be selected at random on March 25th, 2024 and notified of the award by April 1, 2024. To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant:

  • Must be a current IAA member or must commit to becoming a student member upon selection for this scholarship

  • Must be enrolled at least part-time in classes at a college or university

  • Must attend in-person and participate in the annual IAA conference.

Completed applications should be emailed to by March 22, 2024 at 11:59 pm PDT.

This year, the WST Anaplastology Student Scholarship will cover 100% of the Early Bird IAA Member Registration Fee for eligible recipients (Note: reimbursement does not cover the Saturday Soirée). Upon being selected for the scholarship, students who have not yet registered for the conference will receive instructions on how to register (with no fee obligation). Students who have already paid the registration fee prior to selection for this scholarship will be reimbursed.

WST Grant
Anaplastology Research Grant Program

The WST Grant Program is intended to encourage members of the International Anaplastology Association to pursue creative and innovative research or educational projects within the field of facial and somatic prosthetics that will benefit the field as a whole.

The WST Committee seeks to identify people of exceptional talent, focus, logic, and imagination who have ideas for research or educational projects that demonstrate one or more of the following ideas:


•  Innovative developments in materials and techniques in anaplastology

•  The potential to make a genuine difference in the lives of anaplastology patients

•  New approaches to teaching and training students in the field of anaplastology

•  Transdisciplinary, interdisciplinary, or multidisciplinary approaches to working with related

professionals in healthcare, education, technology, and other fields 


Individual or research teams are eligible to apply for grant funding. The number of grants awarded and their monetary amounts will vary each year based on the quality of applications and the size of the fund. However, the WST reserves the right to award no grant if the scientific committee is not satisfied with the quality of the proposals.

2024 Grant Dates & Deadlines

April 1st, 2024 - WST Grant Application Forms & Instructions will be made available to download

April 15th, 2024 - WST begins accepting Grant Application Submissions (online or by mail)

July 15th, 2024 - Deadline to submit WST Grant Application 

August 25th, 2024 - Scientific Committee grant application review period begins

October 1st, 2024 - Scientific Committee grant application review period concludes

October 15th, 2024- WST will notify all applicants of funding decisions

December 1st, 2024 - WST will distribute grant award money to selected recipients

In 2024, the total award amount shall not exceed $4,000 USD.

2024 grant guidelines

Please read the 2024 WST Grant Guidelines before completing your application.

Guidelines include important information about eligibility, timeline, evaluation criteria, and more.

2024 Grant application

Completed applications should be e-mailed (including all attachments) to:

Completed applications must be received by

July 15th.

iris test.jpg

2019 Grantee

Andrew Etheridge, MFA,CCA, CFo

Clinical Anaplastologist

Assessing FormLabs 3D Printing

for the Reengineering of

Ocular Prostheses

IAA Presentation Awards Anchor
IAA Presentation Awards Partnership Program

To encourage outstanding communication of research and case study results in anaplastology, members of the International Anaplastology Association vote upon remarkable oral presentations and posters presented at the Annual IAA Educational Conference. The WST grants a cash prize to the winners of these IAA awards, as a means of honoring their achievements and encouraging the highest standards of effective communication within the anaplastology research end education community.

BCCA Partnership Award Anchor
BCCA Partnership Award

In 1980, Walter Spohn and colleagues founded the American Anaplastology Association (AAA) at Stanford University Medical Center, in Palo Alto, California. Mr. Spohn wanted the AAA to serve as an open and inspiring "Information Exchange," welcoming all of the multidisciplinary specialists involved in prosthetic rehabilitation, and to promote coordination and communication among professionals working along different but related paths in the service of the patient.

At the recommendation of an advisory committee formed in 1997, the membership of the AAA (now the International Anaplastology Association, IAA) voted to establish a certification board in 2000 to follow the guidelines of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) — the accrediting body for the agency currently known as the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). This certification board became the Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology (BCCA).
In 2002, the Board for Certification in Clinical Anaplastology was established as a private, autonomous organization and incorporated in the state of South Carolina as a 501(c)(3)s nonprofit mutual benefit corporation.

In 2018, the Walter Spohn Trust became a strategic partner with the BCCA partners ─ working together to achieve objectives that are mutually beneficial for the field of anaplastology. The WST designates fundraising initiatives to sustain the BCCA's mission to promote and provide certification in clinical anaplastology for the enhancement of patient care and professional practice. 

Special Funding Requests

The WST Special Funding Request is a giving program designed to fund exemplary projects and ideas that embody the mission of the WST but do not meet the criteria of the WST Grant. If your project falls within the guidelines of the WST Grant, you must apply for that program. 


WST Special Funding is determined by the WST Board of Directors based on a project’s potential impact on the field of anaplastology .

Special Funding

Stay informed about important grant cycle and award announcements and deadlines.

bottom of page