Coach Scholarship Program

Ensuring coaching is made available to underrepresented populations.


To ensure that coaching is made available to underrepresented populations, and to increase focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, the ICF Foundation will partner with ICF Coaching Education and accredited educational organizations to offer scholarships for individual coaching education opportunities in the ICF Africa region and ICF North America urban areas. 

Promoting access to coaching education in the ICF Africa and North America membership regions.

According to the ICF/AFAMCO Sub Saharan Africa Marketing Assessment, strong economic and social growth continuing across Sub-Saharan Africa provides opportunities for professional coaching for organizations, business development and individuals. Awareness of the benefits of professional coaching services is growing; and so is demand for such services. 

In North America, there is an opportunity to contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice efforts by offering access to coaching education to under-represented groups.

As part of its mission, the ICF Foundation aims to offer coach education that is culturally relevant and that aligns with the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

 Applicant Eligibility Criteria 

  • Be nominated by ICF Members, ICF Chapters or apply on their own. 

  •  Be an aspiring leader or have 2-3 years of experience in a leadership role. 

  • Reside in the ICF Africa or ICF North America membership regions. 

  •  Demonstrate interest or be on a career track to become a professional coach. 

  •  Demonstrate commitment to contributing to the social impact in their community through coaching during the program and upon graduation. 

  •  Provide a statement of intent (300 words maximum). 

  •  All communications related to the application, selection and administration of these scholarships will be conducted in English. 

The program is seeking 10 scholarships for student coaches starting in 2023:

  • Five scholarships and applicants based on financial needs for applicants from the ICF Africa region. Target countries include Angola, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal and Tanzania. Languages of instruction sought: English.
  • Five scholarships and applicants to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice for applicants from the ICF North America region, with a focus on applicants residing and/or working in underserved urban areas specifically Canada, Cleveland, Ohio; Central Florida; South Florida; and Nevada in the United States

ICF-accredited educational organizations can help us by offering scholarships. Learn more below.

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Eligible aspiring coaches may apply or be nominated for a scholarship.

Application Form
Nomination Form