The Helen Henry Scholarship Fund
for Indigenous Values and Sustainable Communities
Through the Helen Henry Scholarship Fund, Woodbine Ecology Center provides up to a 75% tuition scholarship to our programs for persons actively working to heal and strengthen their communities. Because the Helen Henry Scholarship Fund is designed to promote the empowerment of communities rather than individuals, qualified scholarship candidates will:
- be able to demonstrate their commitment to the empowerment and social and ecological sustainability of their communities;
- show that they are trusted by elders, leaders, and/or respected organizations within their community;
- be able to raise at least 25% of the tuition costs and contribute several hours of worktrade before and/or during the program (the number of hours will be dependent on the program and the scholarship award);
- be expected to return to their communities to pass on the knowledge they have gained in order to strengthen their communities as a whole; and
- be expected to provide Woodbine Ecology Center with a report on how they used their new knowledge in their organizations and communities.
Indigenous people, people of color, women and LGBTQ folks working to sustain their communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please also look at our worktrade program.
To apply for a tuition scholarship from the Helen Henry Scholarship Fund, please submit the following as soon as possible but no later than two weeks prior to the start date of the program you are applying for:
- A statement describing your financial situation, needs and available resources (including possible community, organizational and employer support), and specifying whether you are asking for a "full" (i.e. 75% of tuition), or partial scholarship (25%-50% of tuition).
- A 500 word statement describing how the applicant plans to use the skills and knowledge gained at Woodbine Ecology Center in your community. This statement should include examples, if any, of previous or ongoing related community empowerment projects the applicant has organized or supported. Please do not include a resume or other supplemental materials. If we desire such materials we will ask for them.
- A letter of reference from an organization or member of a community with which the applicant works (as staff or volunteer). Letters should be on letterhead if available, and should describe the applicant's character, speak to their capacity effectively to use the knowledge gained within their community, and explain the referent's relationship to the candidate and their position within the community.
- Please submit all of the above electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are awarded a scholarship you will be expected to register and make a deposit of at least 25% of the program tuition within a week of being notified of the award (unless the program is starting in two weeks or less in which case you will need to make the deposit within two business days.)
Donating to our Scholarship Fund
Our ability to provide scholarships to qualified applicants depends entirely upon people like you contributing to our fund. To find out more on how you can contribute to the Helen Henry Scholarship Fund please contact us for more information.
Woodbine Ecology Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, ability, or national or ethnic origin. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.