The contest to win the scholarships is called
(click the link for further info)
The deadline is March 1.
Voting commences March 5 (will I be watching? yes indeed!)
The conference itself is May 23-25 here in NYC.
Last time we carried on despite Hurricane Sandy. I can only imagine what the Writing Deities have in store for this time.
I cannot urge you strongly enough to attend this conference if you think a conference is the next step in your career. Backspace is well-run, gorgeously organized and managed with a great deal of care and consideration. I participate in this conference pretty often (though not this particular time) and each time my respect and admiration for the organizers increases.
Invest your hard earned money wisely. If a conference is the next step, this is a good place to go.