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$5,000 Schalkenbach Progress of Ideas Scholarship Due 1/31

January 10, 2022

Background: The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation (RSF) was founded in 1925 with the mission to promote the ideas of 19th century social reformer, Henry George. RSF’s Progress of Ideas Scholarship program echoes that original organizational charge in its focus on economic equity and social justice, and its drive to discern and challenge the drivers of inequality in our systems of governance and taxation.

The scholarship supports the cost of attendance for students in fields of study related to the organization’s mission. We are seeking recipients whose lived experiences have engendered in them a commitment to social justice and a drive to make the world a better place for all people.

Long ago, Henry George wrote, “Social reform is not to be secured by noise and shouting; by complaints and denunciation; by the formation of parties, or the making of revolutions; but by the awakening of thought and the progress of ideas. Until there be correct thought, there cannot be right action; and when there is correct thought, right action will follow.” It is with this in mind that we have created a scholarship for the advocates, the wonks, and the imperfect changemakers, whose thoughts today form the bedrock for action in the future.

Award: The scholarship will award five recipients with $5,000 renewable up to one year or until a bachelor’s or master’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first.

Be current undergraduate sophomores (who have earned at least 36 credit hours at the time of application deadline) seeking their initial bachelor’s degree OR be entering graduate school for the first time in the fall of 2022 seeking their initial master’s or Ph.D degree
Plan to enroll in fulltime undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited institution for the entire upcoming academic year
Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)

Selection Criteria: Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of educational and career goals and objectives, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an online recommendation. Financial need will be considered.

How to Apply: Complete the online application here by January 31st. Additionally, one online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than February 3rd at 2pm EST.

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