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Yoga Alliance: The Gift of Yoga Scholarship

Friday, November 8th, 2013

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yoga-alliance-gift-yoga-scholarship-2We are very excited to announce our partnership and the inaugural Yoga Alliance Foundation Scholarship Fund! It is essential that we support the continuing education of yogis on a grassroots level and that we also reach out to others in the yoga community to join us in helping yoga teachers through direct financial support. Thank you to all the yogis who have supported us for the last 20 years and here is to the the next 20!
 
Yoga Alliance Foundation Scholarship Fund
The Yoga Alliance mission is “to spread the power of yoga, one person at a time.” One of the many ways that we do this is by giving back to our community through the “Gift of Yoga” Scholarship.
 
Two scholarships, underwritten by prAna, will be awarded in the amount of $2,225 each to help subsidize teacher-training program tuition for members who are currently a RYT 200 and desire to upgrade to RYT 500. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate financial need, longevity as a member of Yoga Alliance, and experience and commitment to teaching yoga to underserved communities.
 
Applications and required materials must be received by Yoga Alliance by email or postal mail by December 2 at 12:00 p.m., EST to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed, and  absolutely no exceptions will be made.
 
This scholarship is underwritten by our endorsed partner and founding sponsor, prAna. It is intended to offer recipients support as they continue to learn, grow and develop as a yoga teachers and professionals by upgrading their credential.
 
prAna is a lifestyle brand that draws its name from the ancient Sanskrit word for breath, life and vitality of the spirit. Born from yoga and climbing, the prAna team creates mindfully-designed, purposeful and stylish apparel for free spirited people to pursue their passions on the mat, water, rock, trail, and street.
 
Eligibility
 
yoga-alliance-gift-yoga-scholarship-3Applicants must:
●   Be a Yoga Alliance member, who has been actively registered as a RYT 200, for a minimum of 6 years (since November 2007).
●   Enroll in and complete a RYS 300* program during the 2014 calendar year.
●   Demonstrate the need for financial assistance.  The family income for 2012 must be no more than 2.5 times above the federal poverty level, as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Since you have been a RYT 200, you have consistently engaged in the following:

●   Teaching yoga classes in your community and to underserved populations. Underserved populations are those who reside in, but not limited to the following:
◦      High poverty level communities
◦      Homeless shelters
◦      Military bases
◦      Jails
◦      Recovery and treatment facilities
Or people in the following categories, but not limited to the following:
◦      Low socioeconomic status
◦      Elderly and seniors
◦      Children/teens
◦      Veterans
◦      Those with disabilities

●   Studying yoga to deepen your practice and further develop and refine your skills as a yoga teacher
●   Demonstrating leadership within the yoga community
 
Application Materials
 
To apply for the “Gift of Yoga” Scholarship, you will need to submit the following:
 
1.   A completed Gift of Yoga Scholarship Application.
2.   A written essay of 750-1000 words that tells us more about you and your yoga journey. This essay must include, but is not limited to, some discussion of the topics outlined below:
●      About You: Who you are and why you practice, teach yoga.  Why did you want to become a yoga teacher?  What hobbies do you enjoy?  Feel free to share more about yourself.
●      Your Training and Background:  Where have you studied yoga?  Where do you teach and practice yoga.  Who is your yoga mentor? What additional trainings or workshops have you completed since your 200-hour training?  What does it mean to you to be a leader in your community?
●      How you Spread the Power of Yoga:  How do you practice seva and bring yoga to underserved populations? How do you intend to serve this community once you become a RYT 500?What inspires you the most about spreading the power of yoga?
3.   Your CV and/or yoga resume
4.   Three letters of reference:

●      One from the director or lead teacher from the RYS 200 or a school where you completed a training
●      Two from managers of places where you teach or have taught yoga
5.   Optional
●      Your blog site, links to your social media sites and other supplemental materials
●      Video message, send us the YouTube or Vimeo link
 
How to Submit Your Application
Email the materials listed above to Yoga Alliance by December 2, 2013 at 12 p.m., EST to businessdevelopment@yogaalliance.org with the “Gift of Yoga Scholarship” in the subject line, or by postal mail to:

Yoga Alliance
The “Gift of Yoga” Scholarship
1701 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22209

 
Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.  Absolutely no exceptions will be made. 
 
Submission Policies
●   Members residing in all countries may apply.  The application and required materials must be submitted in legible English or they will not be reviewed.
●   Applications and supporting materials will not be returned to the applicant.
●   Applicants will receive an email to confirm that their application has been received.
●   Due to the high volume of applications expected, award recipients will only be notified if they have been selected to receive the scholarship.
●   Two scholarship recipients will be selected and each will receive a $2,225 credit to use towards tuition for a RYS 300*. Award recipients must enroll in and complete a RYS 300 training program AND upgrade to RYT 500 within the 2014 calendar year.  Award monies will not be distributed until recipient has upgraded to RYT 500 and will be paid by Yoga Alliance directly to the RYS 300.
●   Award monies will be issued in U.S. dollars only.  Monies awarded to recipients residing outside of the U.S. are not subject to conversion rates.
 
Review Process
The review and selection process ensures that scholarships are awarded to those who meet eligibility criteria and are dedicated and committed to servitude and leadership within the yoga community.  Here is a little more about the review and selection process:
1.   The scholarship administrator will collect applications and blind them so that the review team will not see the names or contact information.
2.   Yoga Alliance staff will scan applications for completeness, legibility and inclusion of all required materials.  Applications that do not meet these requirements will not be further reviewed.
3.   A review team of Yoga Alliance staff, members and peers will review the applications and supplemental materials by using a rating system to evaluate the following:
●      Longevity – RYT 200 since 2007 or more
●      Continual Growth and Refinement of Yoga Practice – participation in trainings on a regular, ongoing basis since 2007
●      Leadership – Within the yoga community
●      Seva- Regular service work provided to underserved populations
●      Examples in the application, essay, references and CV/resume that highlight longevity, leadership, trainings, teaching and seva work
4.   The five applications with the highest ratings will be reviewed by a scholarship sub- committee, which consists of Yoga Alliance members, to select (2) two award recipients.  The committee will review the applications and supplemental materials for each application based on a rating system to further evaluate the areas listed in step 3 of the review process.
5.   Two (2) award recipients will be notified by December 31, 2013.
 
Questions? Email businessdevelopment@yogaalliance.org.
 
We will be offering more scholarship opportunities in the future, so stay tuned!
 
* Coming with the launch of our new website in December 2013, Yoga Alliance will no longer offer the RYS 200 & 500 designation. These schools will now hold two separate designations: RYS 200 and RYS 300. In 2014, RYT 200s who complete a training at a RYS 300 will be eligible to upgrade to RYT 500. Learn more about this upcoming change.
 
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