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 DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2017

 

Scholarship Goals and Priorities

  •  Scholarships allow people who have never experienced a GCLS Conference and who can't afford to come based on their finances, to attend and learn about our organization.
  • Applicants who have never attended a conference will generally be given preference over those who have.    
  • Additionally, we look for people who have not attended the conference in a long time and who have volunteered throughout the year but can't afford to attend.

 

Scholarship Information

  • Scholarships are available to everyone.
  • This year, the GCLS Conference Scholarships cover the cost of hotel rooms and a Full Access NO FOOD pass for the conference..
  • There are three types of scholarships:
    • Partial Hotel Stay (1, 2, or 3 nights)
    • Full Hotel Stay (4 nights, full room)
    • Shared Room (50% of hotel room for up to 4 nights) 
  •   We ask that you only request the amount you truly need so that we can help as many people as possible. For example, if you are sharing a room, only request a 50% shared-room scholarship.
  • Scholarship recipients are required to work as volunteers at the conference. Members and non-members who donated funds at previous conferences fund scholarships. Volunteering at the conference is the way scholarship recipients can say thank you for those donations. Other volunteer info:
    • Volunteer time is calculated at 2 hours of service for each night at the hotel that the scholarship covers. For example, if a scholarship covers all four nights, then the recipient will be expected to volunteer for 8 hours.
    • We will work with all volunteers about assignments. We understand there are health, disability, and skill/dexterity issues. There are many things to be done, and we know we can find an assignment for every volunteer. 
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified two months before the conference by the Director of Community Engagement. At that time, she will send all scholarship recipients a questionnaire, which will help determine appropriate volunteer assignments.

APPLY FOR THE GCLS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

 

Recipients of conference scholarships are required to work as volunteers at the conference.

Scholarships are funded by members and non-members who donated funds at the previous conference, to help you attend this conference. Volunteering at the conference is your opportunity to thank those who donated to cover your hotel costs. Volunteer commitments are commensurate with the amount of scholarship awarded to you.  Generally, the obligation is between 4 and 8 hours.  If you have a disability that limits your assignments, we can work with you.  There are lots of different kinds of things that need doing and require various levels of dexterity or ability.

Scholarship Recipients will be contacted about two months before the conference, by Aschlie Lake, our Director of Community Engagement.  She will send you a questionnaire that you need to fill in. Aschlie will then notify you of your volunteer assignment and times.  You can reach her at Aschlie.lake@goldencrown.org


FAQ's

Do scholarships pay for travel &/or food costs? 

  • No, that is your responsibility.  

If I receive a scholarship, AND I am not notified until after January 31st  can I still upgrade my registration at Early Bird prices?

  • Yes, you will be allowed to purchase a  food ticket at the Early Bird price until February 28th, 2018

I got a scholarship two years ago, so I can apply again this year, right?

  • No, unfortunately, previous scholarship recipients may not apply for a scholarship for 3 years following the year of receipt of scholarship.  This is a Change from previous years.  For example, if you received a scholarship in 2016, then you must skip 2017 and 2018 before you can apply again for 2019. (Thus, only those who received scholarships prior to 2016 are eligible for a scholarship.)

 

What are the priorities for getting a scholarship:

  • The following is a general statement, and not a formula of any kind.  However we hope that it will help to share our general principles / guidelines. 
  • The main goal of scholarships is to allow people who have never experienced a GCLS Conference and who can't afford to come based on their finances, to come and find out what we are all about.  Therefore, applicants who have never attended a conference will generally be given preference over those who have.  There are, of course other considerations but this is a primary goal.  
  • Additionally, we look for people who have not attended the conference in a long time, and who have volunteered throughout the year doing a lot for the organization but can't afford to attend. We also look for applicants who express a sincere desire to attend the conference with the intent to learn about LesFic - regardless of whether it is from the perspective of a reader, an author or an editor.

 

QUESTIONS? Contact us at  scholarships@goldencrown.org

 

*The GCLS Conference Scholarship is funded by GCLS fundraising and donations from members and non-members.

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