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Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

Eligible Applicants You are eligible to apply for this scholarship at a school that participates in the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program if you are From a disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: An individual from a disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession; or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary, HHS, for use in health professions and nursing programs. A citizen, national, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States or the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico or the Marianas Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated State of Micronesia. Eligible Disciplines Under this program, funds are awarded to accredited schools of medicine osteopathic medicine dentistry optometry pharmacy podiatric medicine veterinary medicine nursing (associate, diploma, baccalaureate and graduate degree) public health chiropractic allied health (baccalaureate or graduate degree programs of dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, radiologic technology, speech pathology, audiology, and registered dietitians) graduate programs in behavioral and mental health practice (includes clinical psychology, clinical social work, professional counseling, or marriage and family therapy) programs providing training of physician assistants

Alma S. Adams Scholarship

The scholarship, named for founding Legacy board member, Dr. Alma S. Adams will award two $5,000 scholarships to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. The awards will be granted on a competitive basis for the following: a) a record of commitment to community service on behalf of an underserved community, preferably related to tobacco prevention and/or control and b) the best use of the visual arts, media, creative writing or other creative endeavor to convey culturally appropriate health messages aimed at raising awareness of tobacco’s harmful impact. Scholarship Criteria 1. Applicants must provide evidence of community service activities in an underserved community setting. Service activities may include activism, outreach, or peer counseling in tobacco prevention or control. The community service activity should be described in the personal statement. 2. Applicants must submit documentation of financial need for scholarship funds (SAR report). 3. Students pursuing a course of study in public health, communications, social work, education, liberal arts or a related field will be considered eligible. 4. Applicants must have a Grade Point Average of at least a 3.0 (B average) for the most recent academic year.

Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program (LARP)

Who may apply: Maryland residents who provide public service in Maryland State or local government or nonprofit agencies in Maryland to low income or underserved residents.How to apply: Complete and file a LARP General application. Third-year law students must file a Pre-Graduation Law Application and LARP General application.When to apply: LARP General applications become available in June. The application deadline is September 30. Pre-Graduation Law Applications become available in September of your third year of law school. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSYou must have earned a degree from a college in Maryland, or from any law school, or a resident teacher certificate from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). You must be employed full-time (35+ hours per week) in state or local government or in a nonprofit organization in Maryland. Your employer must help low income, underserved residents or underserved areas in the state. You must have educational loans from a university, government, or commercial source that you used to pay college expenses. You may not be in default on a loan. Your annual gross salary cannot exceed $60,000. If married, your annual gross salary cannot exceed $60,000, and your combined salaries cannot exceed $130,000. If employed as a nurse faculty member, your annual gross salary cannot exceed $75,000. If married, your annual gross salary cannot exceed $75,000, and your combined salaries cannot exceed $160,000. This is a service-based program. Prior service obligations from other State of Maryland scholarships must be completed by July 1. One position cannot fulfill two service obligations simultaneously.PRE-GRADUATION LAW STUDENT REQUIREMENTSYou must be a law student attending University of Maryland, Baltimore or University of Baltimore and in your third and final year of school. You must submit a Pre-Graduation Law Application before graduation in May, together with verification of an employment offer. You must submit a LARP General application by September 30 and meet all eligibility requirements listed above.

Angelina Aliberti Ruggie and Lawrence L. Ruggie Endowed Scholarship

Applicants must be satisfactorily pursuing a course of study in the humanities, including law and the field of social work, but excluding military sciences. Scholarships are awarded on a rotational basis to all 23 campuses. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded, one each from the following campuses: CSU San Marcos and Sonoma State University. Applications are available in the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office in January of each year.

Continuing Education Scholarships – Credentialed Classroom Teachers and Counselors

Purpose – California State PTA offers scholarships ($500) to encourage PTA members to continue their education and pursue studies in higher education in California. The Continuing Education Scholarship Program recognizes volunteer service by providing funds for PTA members to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools in the State. Eligibility – For the Continuing Education Scholarship for Credentialed Classroom Teachers and Counselors, successful applicants meet the following criteria: Current member of PTA unit in good standing with full time teaching or counseling contract at that PTA school for current year Teacher or counselor employed full time in California public school during preceding academic year Minimum of three (3) years' teaching/ counseling experience in California public school Plan to continue as a teacher or counselor Scholarship used for advanced studies at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools in California Scholarship utilized during the period January 1 to December 31 with courses completed by December 31 of year following award of scholarship Provide proof of enrollment and completion of coursework to California State PTA by June 1 Completed application and reference forms with letters received by California State PTA by October 15. Selection – Each year, the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Committee carefully reads and vets each scholarship application. All applicants are notified of their status in January. Continuing Education Scholarship winners receive a letter of congratulations and recognition certificate from California State PTA along with a check. Application Tips – Before submitting your scholarship application packet to California State PTA, please remember to check that it includes: Completed application form and packet submitted by October 15. Copy of your current PTA membership card on 81/2" x 11" sheet of paper Descriptive essay (maximum 2 pages) outlining: Your current teaching/ counseling assignment Other teaching/ counseling assignments and dates of service How course(s) specified in the application will improve your effectiveness as a teacher/ counselor Your involvement in PTA/ school/ student extracurricular activities Two (2) completed reference forms and letters, written specifically for this application, which provide an evaluation of your abilities and characteristics as an applicant, comment on your personal and professional qualifications and discuss your PTA/ school/ student extracurricular activities First reference – Written by your current administrator, or representative Second reference – Written by current PTA president, or representative Remember to ask that reference forms and letters be given to you in a sealed envelope for you to include in your scholarship application packet.

Annual Senior Care Innovation Scholarship

A Place for Mom is proud to annually offer a $1,000 scholarship to five university students who intend to use their education to help the senior population through their fields of study. These may include nursing, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, sociology, social work or gerontology. As North America's largest senior living referral service, we know the importance of supporting the training and education of our future senior care leaders. This scholarship will be awarded to a citizen or a Permanent Resident of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec) who is enrolled and currently taking classes at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec), and will grant selected applicants a $1,000 financial donation for their compelling essays on how to improve the quality of life for seniors. Selection and Eligibility Criteria 1. The annual scholarship award is for (5) students enrolled in an associates's degree, bachelor's degree or graduate level program in a medical, nursing or social sciences related major. The student must intend on pursuing a career that involves working with senior citizens. The applicant must be attending classes at an accredited college or university at the time of the spring deadline. 2. Employees of A Place for Mom and members of their immediate family (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, of such employees, are not eligible to apply. 3. Applicants must complete a letter of introduction and an essay that is between 500 and 900 words on a selected topic and sign the Scholarship Award Agreement 4. Scholarship will be awarded to five students who write the most compelling essay in each of five categories as judged by an outside panel of senior living professionals. Award Amount $1,000 awarded to five individuals.

AFSCME Scholarship

To be eligible you must: Be a college sophomore or junior during the application and interview process. Have a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Be a college student of color, including: African American, American Indian/ Alaskan Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Latino/a. Demonstrate interest in working for social and economic justice through the labor movement. Have a valid driver’s license. Reference Letter You Will Receive: 10-week summer field placement to participate in a union organizing campaign in one of several locations across the United States. A stipend of up to $4,000 for the summer. On-site housing at your location. A week-long orientation and training. An academic scholarship of up to $6,300 for the school year, based on successful performance.

Derivative Duo Scholarship

For residents of Washington studying mental health or human services.

Bert Muhly Scholarship Fund

College of Social Work - Urban Planning Applicant should be a graduate majoring in urban & regional planning. Award is based on academic excellence, and service to the profession, community and department.

Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship

Catherine W. Pierce scholarship was established to support students who are majoring in disciplines within the Arts and/or History. Mrs. Pierce had a great interest in helping deserving students pursue the fields of Art or History. The award amount is up to $5,000. To be eligible for this scholarship students must: - Be enrolled full-time at a U.S. accredited 4 year institution - Have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale - Be pursuing a degree in an Art or History discipline (see eligible majors) To complete this application you will need: - To write an essay - To provide an unofficial transcript ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM GPA: 2.5 ETHNICITIES: African American/Black, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American, Caucasian RESIDENCY STATUS: U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES 4-Year Colleges ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior, Master's Student MAJORS African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Business, Creative Design, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Culinary, Design, Economics, English, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, History, Hospitality Management, Humanities, Illustration, Industrial Design, International Studies, Journalism, Labor Studies, Mass Media Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Photography/Video, Political Science, Pre-Law, Public Administration, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Public Relations, Religion, Social Sciences, Social Work, Spanish, Theater Arts/Drama, Theology, TV Production, Urban Planning/Studies, Visual Arts, Vocal Performance, Women's Studies

Vincent Milone Scholarship Fund for Urban Planning

College of Social Work - Urban Planning For an outstanding urban planning graduate student; award based on academic excellence and service to the profession and community.

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