Our decision to award scholarships and/or financial assistance (each an “Award”) is determined by our Board of Directors (the “Board”) and the Board employs an individualized and comprehensive process in reviewing each person’s application for the requested Award.
We know that there is a great variation among our applicants’ personal circumstances, home environments, working environments and yoga practices. As a result, our Award decision-making process considers all aspects of your personal history and as such, we do not award Grants to Awards solely on the basis of any single criterion. We attempt to value the whole person—where you have been, where you are now, where you would like to be in the future, and of course, your practice and your desire and/or ability to enhance and promote the awareness, education and benefits of yoga.
We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.
The Board utilizes a comprehensive, in-depth process to evaluate candidates for the requested Award and we strive to ensure that each applicant receives fair consideration. Once the application (the “Application”) and all other required documentation has been completed and submitted to the Company, the Board, and or a committee thereof, performs the initial review and thereafter, the Board and/or an agent of the Company will contact the applicant for an in-person and/or telephone interview (the “Interview”). Once the Interview has been completed, the application is referred back to the Board for final determination whether or not to award an Award.
How many awards are given in each calendar year?
Since we are not-for-profit corporation, our ability to provide Awards is dependent upon the amount of donations we receive. As such, there is no set amount that we will provide to applicants on a yearly basis. However, we do intend to make as many Awards as possible during each calendar year.
Who is eligible to apply?
Any natural person ages 18 and over are eligible to apply for an Award. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status. Anyone may qualify for a 200 hour Yoga Alliance recognized teacher training program, however to qualify for 500 hour programs, continuous education credits, workshops or retreats, the candidate must be a registered member of Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) and provide proof of their Registry ID number.
When do you accept applications?
We review applications on a continuous calendar year basis from January 1st through December 31 of each calendar year. Applications for 200, 300 and 500 RYT teacher training programs, retreats that offer CEU’s, and Yoga Student Scholarships at a Registered Yoga School (RYS) must be received six (6) months prior to the potential training date and/or start of desired Annual Student Membership date. Applications for workshops and continuous education credits must be received ninety (90) days prior to the potential date. At no time will we accept applications for a scholarship mid-way through a training activity or reimburse a student for funds already rendered to a training institution. We will only consider an application for one training course at a time; multiple requests within in the same application and/or submitting numerous applications within the same review period will be denied.
Is there an application fee?
No. There are no fees, charges and/or expenses to apply for an Award.
How do I apply?
All prospective applicants must apply via online application (the “Application”). All prospective applicants must also submit a legible and current copy of (i) a state issued identification card and/or driver’s license and/or (ii) their passport. Unless we specifically request additional information from you, submitting extra documents may only delay our decision.
How do I know if I have been granted an Award?
We will contact you ninety (90) days prior to 200, 300, 500 hour RYT teacher training programs and retreats that offer CEU’s. We will also contact you ninety (90) days prior for Annual Student Scholarship opportunities. For workshops and continuous education credits, we will contact you as quickly as possible if you have been granted an Award. Nevertheless, you can always contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to check upon the status of your Application. To view a list of current Scholarship Award recipients, please click here.
I have already received an Award from the Company. Am I eligible to receive more than one Award?
Yes. There is no limit on the amount of Awards that you can receive.
How will I receive my Award?
Generally, the Company will make the payment directly to a particular service provider and/or educator to ensure that the funds are used for the purposes set forth in your Application.