(Article written on Detroit Paganism Today)
By Mistress Belladonna
The Michigan Pagan Scholarship Fund has opened its applications process for the 2016 year. The opportunity is open to high schools seniors, undergraduates, or graduate students. They are looking for students aged 17 years or older, with a GPA of 2.85 or higher, and be a Michigan resident. They must also be accepted to an accredited four year college or university, and be a full time student and, of course, identify as Pagan.
This is an essay style competitive scholarship, meaning only one winner will be chosen from a pool of applicants. An impartial panel of judges awaits a fresh crop of submissions, identities hidden for fairness. A recent transcript must accompany the submission in order to verify GPA and residency.
The process is fairly straightforward. Applicants are asked to “state the reason for applying for this scholarship in 250 words or less and submit a 500 word essay about what being a Pagan means to them.” Anyone who meets the criteria may apply. And what is really great is that it is open to those who have been homeschooled, have a GED, or are involved with Alternative education.
So far, two students have won the scholarship. The first was Miranda Owens in 2014 from Bay City, her scholarship can be seen here. The second winner was 2015’s Rebecca Phoenix from Ferndale. Her essay can be read here. 2016’s winner may be YOU, if you apply.
The scholarship is entirely funded by the generosity of donors. Without them, there could be no continuation of this dream. Many will recognize the 2015 roster of contributors. They are the Universal Society of Ancient Ministry, Magical Educational Council, Witches Of Michigan, Pagan Pride Detroit, Back 9 GraFX, and the Midwest Witches Ball.
Also, drawings at the Gatherings of Pagans by the Witches of Michigan, contributions by individuals, Paula & Gordon Ireland, and stores that have allowed drop boxes continually assists in this work. This year, Coventry Creations , Candle Wick Shoppe, and Ancient Faiths Alliance will join the proud company of sponsors for 2016.
Parents, for those who like to shop, you can also show your support by purchasing your heart’s desires through the Universal Society of Ancient Ministry’s online store. A portion of the sales help to fund the scholarship. You can also donate directly as well.
So fire up those pens and set your sites on applying. Applications are being taken now. There are no fees and the only thing keeping you waiting is you. Follow this link to apply at Michigan Pagan Scholarship Application.