Since I proposed that some of this year’s sponsorship money be allocated to scholarships a few people would have to oversee this facet. Decide where to do extend offers of scholarships.
For instance I would like to see scholarships for members of the Indian tribes of the area, the Jamestown S'Klallam Indian Tribe and the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe. But this is easier said than done. I personally have a few native contacts and know people who do have contacts in the Swinomish, Lummi, Tulalip and other tribes. Here is the url of a map in case you want to brush up on current placement of tribal reservations in the state: http://www.goia.wa.gov/Tribal-Information/Map.htm
Recent migrants from Africa, Asia and Central and South America, Particularly people who were farmers in their home country. We can learn from each other.
Street people, I always like to offer a scholarship to a staff and several of the street people that work with Seattle Youth Garden Works.
We want to give scholarships to people who are keen to gather knowledge to take back to their communities. In fact, why not make it one condition of the scholarship to schedule and give a public talk in their community.
I find sometimes that the people who are the most open and motivated already have their hands full and sometimes are working a lot to support a family. Their families are already struggling. In some cases I would like to be able to pay some people money they can give to their families so they can take the time off for the conference. I would not publicize this, but I hold it open as a possibility in some circumstances where we are really convinced this is a worthwhile person to invest in.
A scholarship application form would need to be made up. The people on the committee can brainstorm a list of avenues to explore, organizations to approach, etc. and put it on the scholarship string in the forum. Anyone else on the forum can stop by to see what’s up and post their nominations to add to the list.
I see the scholarship fund as for special cases. Where we are extending a hand and trying to bring someone in who would otherwise not even consider it. Many of the people who write asking for a scholarship are perfectly capable of doing a work trade.
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