Scholarships & Grants
The Center for Citizenship & Social Justice strives to support public engagement efforts at WKU by awarding scholarships and grants to students, faculty and staff. Campus members who have an interest in partnering with the community to address social challenges can apply for funding to carry out a scholarly projects aimed at solving public problems.
Students can access scholarships through the Scholars in Service program to support a multitude of public engagement opportunities. Students, faculty and staff can also become trained in The $100 Solution™ and apply for funding to address a social issue utilizing $100 or less. In the spring of 2017, CCSJ launches Public Impact Funds intended to support service-learning and applied or community-based research. For more information, contact Leah Ashwill at email@example.com.
Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is named in memory of Ella Baker to commemorate her contribution to the grassroots organizing tradition of the civil rights movement and her belief that the voice of students is essential to effecting positive social change in society.
This scholarship is open to majors and minors in the Department of Diversity and Community Studies. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the scholarship will be awarded to two students from DCS; a student from the DCS Major and a student in a DCS Minor. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 for a DCS Major and $500 for a DCS Minor (AFAM, CSJ, GWS).
Nomination & Requirements
The Department of Diversity & Community Studies faculty and/or full-time staff members may nominate students, and students may also self-nominate for this scholarship competition. Any student who has a declared Diversity & Community Studies major and/or declared a related minor (African American Studies; Gender & Women’s Studies; and/or Citizenship & Social Justice) is eligible for nomination.
Student self-nominations should be e-mailed to the faculty member who has agreed to write a letter of support for the student. The nomination e-mail should use the subject line “Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship,” and include the following information in the body of the e-mail:
$1,000.00 Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship application requirements:
- Student Name:
- State Clearly that it is the Application for $1,000.00 Scholarship
- Statement of Interest: Provide a statement (500 words maximum) describing why you are interested in the Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship and how this opportunity is related to your academic goals and commitments.
$500.00 Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship application requirements:
- Student Name:
- State Clearly that it is the Application for $500.00 Scholarship
- Statement of Interest: Provide a statement (200 words maximum) describing why you are interested in the Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship and how this opportunity is related to your academic goals and commitments.
Supporting faculty members should forward the student’s original e-mail with the faculty member’s own Statement of Support in the body of the e-mail and use the subject line “Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship,” addressing academic competence and other relevant considerations for the award.
Deadline: Nominations are due by Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Nominations must be submitted to Dr. Jane Olmsted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Diversity & Community Studies scholarship committee comprised of faculty/staff will review all nominations and select the scholarship recipients. Recipients will be notified of the scholarship award around April 19, 2017. The scholarship will be available for Summer 2017 and/or the 2017-2018 academic year.
Please note that those applying for the $1,000.00 Scholarship may be eligible for the lesser $500.00 Scholarship. However, those applying for the $500.00 Scholarship only, are not eligible for the $1,000.00 Scholarship.
Scholarship recipients are requested to attend the University College Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. More information will be provided.
Scholarship nominees must be registered for courses for the fall 2017 semester.
Service-Learning Opportunity - Fall 2017
Mammoth Cave After Dark
Mammoth Cave After Dark is a new collaborative project between the park, the Friends of Mammoth Cave, nearby schools and Western Kentucky University to bring students to the Park for experiences that will encourage family bonding while fostering an appreciation for nature.
Mammoth Cave After Dark seeks two WKU students to serve as camp counselors for the After Dark tours on October 20, October 22nd, and November 3rd from 2:30-9:30 pm. Camp counselors will be responsible for supervising student attendees and assisting park rangers with environmental education activities. Successful applicants must demonstrate a background or interest in environmental sciences, environmental education, or cultural and historical interpretation. Counselors will receive a $100 stipend from WKU Department of Diversity & Community Studies.
Applications should be submitted to email@example.com by September 22, 2017.
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