Paganism is a wide reaching term for many of the oldest spiritual pursuits on the planet. If you are a follower of one of the ancient Earth-centered religions, then you are formally considered a Pagan. Wicca is a recently created, Earth centered, Neo-pagan religion. There are options for Pagans and Wiccans if you wish to apply for assistance in financing your post-secondary education. Those individuals interested in learning about Paganism or Wicca may also qualify for assistance.
A scholarship in the amount of $500 is available to a Pagan high school senior, at least 17 years of age, enrolling in a four-year degree, or a current full-time college or university student who resides in State Of Michigan. A GPA of 2.8 or above is required, along with an official transcript.
Candidates are asked to provide a written application with a brief (100 words or less) explanation of why they are applying for this scholarship. In addition, a 500-word essay setting out what being a Pagan means to the individual is required.
Scholarship funding comes from donations made by the community. Applications are ranked, with emphasis being given to the essay section, and the two highest-scoring candidates are selected. Please note that even though the Program is sponsored by a Pagan organization, applicants of any Pagan, Heathen or Aboriginal religious faith are welcome to apply for funding.