We did it! And by “we” I mean all of us together: We raised $4,055 to help changemakers learn what it really takes to create the future of our world!
The question before us now is one we posed early in the scholarship campaign: How to decide who qualifies to receive a scholarship?
It was one thing to consider the question before we had funds. Now that we have $4,055 to distribute, how do we decide who qualifies?
Back in March, the following ideas were shared by readers here:
Christine Egger suggested (paraphrasing a bit):
1) Identify the characteristics that define a “kickbutt immersion course” participant
2) Craft a scholarship application that prompts the applicant to provide evidence of those characteristics
3) Determine whether all characteristics will be equally weighted, or whether some will be more important than others?
4) Be transparent about the decision-making process. Will it be “Everyone votes or Hildy and Dimitri get the final word or some combo of that?”
I would love to have some of our graduates share what they think makes for a “kickbutt” course participant. What characteristics might “kickbutt” include?
Jenny Hansell suggested the following, based on processes she had been part of (paraphrasing again):
1) Are we giving the scholarship to the person or the organization? Jenny’s group had decided it was the person – even if they left the organization, they would use their knowledge for good somewhere, making the world better.
2) Jenny’s group also favored people who weren’t looking to go into the program to solve an immediate crisis, but those with a bigger vision for the impact they wanted to have. (This will be huge for the Creating the Future courses, where changemakers actually learn to move beyond problem-solving.)
3) “Evidence that the applicant is both a learner and is able to apply their learning. What other courses or classes have they been to in recent times, and how has that changed their work?”
Again, it would be tremendously helpful to have ideas about all these topics as well.
And then we hope you will help us as we circle back to our initial questions:
- What has been your experience with scholarships? How do they scholarships work (for individual workshops, classes, conferences, etc.)?
- What information should we be seeking to learn about our applicants, to help us choose?
- What questions fit with our values and our vision – a world operating from its highest potential for kindness and humanity?
- And lastly, what criteria do you think are important, knowing us as you do?
As the September and February consultant classes are filling up, and as we are quietly registering Executive Directors and Social Entrepreneurs for our January class (VERY excited to officially launch that soon!), the scholarship issue will be a huge one.
Thank you for helping us figure it out!