The Bioregional GreenWorks needs-based scholarship program is expanding and we are seeking additional administration and operational assistance, including ditigal marketing, program coordination and partnership development.
We have both paid and membership pathway/cooperative ownership position openings. This scholarship assists motivated individuals in need who would not otherwise be able to secure additional nature-based learning opportunities due to financial hardships. If this type of work appeals to you, we would like to hear from you. Please feel free to send us a copy of your resume (or similar) anytime to email@example.com using the subject line 'scholarship assistance'. We will get back to you asap and appreciate your patience.
Needs-Based Permaculture Design Certification
(this scholarship is currently closed)
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WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?
Simply put, permaculture is the largest eco-system restoration movement in the world. Driven by a common central goal of meeting humanity’s needs while being a positive force on the planet, permaculture practitioners unite in building local, regional and global community resilience.
Permaculture more formally refers to “permanent agriculture” and/or “permanent culture.” As an ethical design science, it fundamentally values earth care, people care, and future care (regarded as a return-of-surplus to the first two ethics) at its unwavering core. As a multidisciplinary science, it assembles various nature-based solutions and components of study, such as food production, natural building and infrastructure, water retention and management, ecological waste management, renewable energy systems and a plethora more in order to address the most pressing needs of humanity while helping the environment at the same time.
We design with nature rather than against it, as most production systems currently do. Permaculture design successfully results in zero-waste, closed-looped, healthy living systems, as well as provides financial stability for individuals, families, communities—villages, cities, counties, states, and countries—all around the world.
GEOFF LAWTON’S PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE
Choosing Geoff Lawton’s online Permaculture Design Course for feature in this scholarship was not a difficult decision. The professional qualifications of Geoff Lawton are well-known. A world-renowned permaculture teacher, consultant and designer, Geoff’s decades-long firsthand experience has led to his much sought after expertise which has been shared with hundreds of clients and over fifteen thousand students worldwide, culminating in the most comprehensive PDC to date.
With a vast portfolio of educational units, thousands of student discussion pages, and nearly 100 hours of video content, current and past students of Geoff Lawton’s PDC have expressed gratitude for the multiple levels of resources his PDC course has provided. The nature of the course is incremental, and a self-paced approach is welcomed. All aspects of Geoff Lawton’s PDC are interactive. A host of highly qualified, resourceful and certified teacher’s aids gladly engage with students to ensure clarity and confidence with topics; such availability makes way for valuable supplemental insights, further deepening and diversifying the regularly covered module material. Geoff’s course also operates as a platform which unites students internationally. Networking and community-building go hand-in-hand with this opportunity.
ON THE PDC SCHOLARSHIP
Those who complete their Permaculture Design Course (PDC) go on to become design consultants, teachers, aid workers and farmers as well as designers and managers of both large and small-scale permaculture projects within urban, suburban, and rural environments around the world.
At this critical point in history, Bioregional GreenWorks feels it imperative we encourage and assist as many people as possible to complete a PDC, and so we have established this needs-based scholarship program for those whom the cost is beyond respective personal means. The Bioregional GreenWorks needs-based PDC scholarship will cover the cost of the Geoff Lawton online PDC course and it will also cover the cost of Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Designer’s Manual textbook.
This particular course typically runs from the months of February to December. We anticipate issuing our first scholarship award notices by January 10th in order to prepare for 2022 enrollment. Seeing as the exact amount of available funding momentarily remains unclear, a rigorous and highly competitive selection process is to be expected. Only prospective students who are earnest in their dedication to such an endeavor will be seriously considered for this scholarship opportunity.
Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. If in the event our funding pool exhausts before a student’s application is reached, said application will remain in cue for the next scholarship award cycle, chronological order maintained.
This PDC is well suited for those in search of a career or a career transition which will enable active involvement in the fields of regeneration and sustainability and/or those possessing a desire to assist local communities in achieving healthy food security, wellness, and financial stability while aiding in the increase of biodiversity and rehabilitation/restoration of Earth’s natural ecosystems.
The following steps must be completed in order to be considered for the scholarship award:
Step 1: Watch the 4 free Permaculture Masterclass videos online at https://www.discoverpermaculture.com If the material truly interests you, please proceed with the next step.
Step 2: Read all info at: https://www.discoverpermaculture.com/pdc2021 in order to understand what you can expect to receive by completing the course. If you like what you see and you have the means to pay for the course yourself to begin immediately, please go that route instead and leave this scholarship availability to those in need. If you like what you see but do not have the ability to pay for the course yourself, please proceed with the next step.
Step 3: Send an email to Bioregional GreenWorks at firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: 'scholarship' with the following information:
- Your first and last name, city and state. You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the application.
- Answer this question: What did you learn from each of the 4 free Permaculture Masterclasses? Right one paragraph for each video for a total of 4 paragraphs.
- Tell us why you want to complete the PDC and why we should award the scholarship to you. What will you do with the knowledge gained for your family and broader local community?
- This scholarship does have a pay-it-forward component. You will be asked to contribute 20 online or on-the-ground work hours (or a combination thereof) to a Bioregional GreenWorks network project in exchange for the scholarship award. This will need to be completed within 6 months after you complete the PDC. Once your PDC is completed we will coordinate those hours with you in a mutualy agreeable format. Maybe you will prefer to complete 1 or 2 hours/week or maybe you will decide to complete it as quickly as possible. Tell us in your email whether or not you understand and agree to these terms.
- Also with your email, please send us a copy of your current resume (if you have one) or a list of your formal and informal training and also your paid and volunteer work history.
- Last but not least, include a link to at least one of your social media pages (instagram, facebook, twitter, etc.). We want to understand a little bit about who you are in everyday life and what you are currently sharing with the world.
Once you have completed this in full, your application will be complete. If you omit any of the above, your application will not be considered. Applications will be accepted year-round. You will receive a manually generated acknowledgement of receipt within 72 hours of your emailed application submission.
Please contact us with any questions regarding this scholarship.
GOOD LUCK to everyone submitting an application!
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