The Goal: To support selected students in fields related to education and/or human services who have a commitment to working against systemic social injustices based on ethnicity, race, gender, age, disAbility, sexual orientation, language, socio-economic status, or religion. This goal will help the college reach its mission to attract and retain an increasingly diverse faculty, staff and student population while at the same time diversifying the knowledge, skills, and attitude bases of individual members of the college.
The Promise: Students who accept this award join Woodring in a “promise” agreement to maintain eligibility and complete one of Woodring’s programs. In exchange, members of the Woodring Diversity Committee promise to provide a faculty mentor to facilitate connections with service opportunities, student support services, opportunities to meet the scholarship donors, and invitations to special events and activities.
- Applicants must be students admitted to one of the Woodring’s programs (on or off-campus)
- Applicants must document current and past activities that demonstrate commitment to working against systemic social injustice based on ethnicity, race, gender, age, disAbility, sexual orientation, language, socio-economic status, national origin, or religion. Examples include, but are not limited to: membership in a group, participating in events or conferences, class presentations, mentoring, volunteer work or work experience.
- Applicants must submit an essay of approximately 500 words that discusses the insights gained while engaged in work against systemic social injustices. This essay should also include the applicant’s plans for continued work in this area.
- Applicants must provide letters from two individuals (teachers, college faculty, community leaders, or other mentors) that document the work done by the applicant and discuss the impact this work has had on others. (Can be same as required recommendations)
- Financial need is required (please submit a statement of financial need).
- Consideration also may be given to previous academic performance
- Post-Bac students are eligible.
*Award amount and number of scholarships per year is contingent on generosity of contributions
Funds for this scholarship are donated**. Many faculty and staff in the College of Education have pledged payroll deductions at a minimum of $5.00 per pay period. To join us in payroll deduction or to make a one time electronic transfer of funds to the scholarship, follow these links:
**We also seek a donor or donors to help establish an endowment that will be used to achieve the above goals and promises. For more information, see Giving to Woodring.