Herbal Scholarships for Social Change & Environmental Healing

Fall 2021 Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine Social Justice & Environmental Healing Scholarship Application

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT TO AN APPLICATION:
September 23, 2021

Scholarship Application

Please read this introduction and our Scholarship Page before applying. You’ll find answers to FAQs at the bottom of the Scholarship Page.

SCHOLARSHIP PARTICIPANTS:

70% are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and/or LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Plus) individuals—communities from which many Western herbal practices and medicines are derived and who have all too often lacked representation in contemporary herbal settings, which predominantly center white, cis/hetero voices. Participants also include folks with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, and veterans. 

We also award scholarships to anyone demonstrating financial need whose work centers on herbal healing and herb gardening in communities organizing for collective liberation. (Past scholarship participants in this category include organizers, non-profit workers, and volunteers involved in free herbal clinics, urban community gardens, and school, prison, refugee, and immigrant herb gardens.) This second group of scholarship participants may have multiple societal advantages (including the identities of white, male, hetero, able-bodied, and cis-gendered [identify with the assigned gender at birth]) but nonetheless, demonstrate financial need and existing work in communities facing systemic inequities and bias. 

 

WHO CAN APPLY:

Currently enrolled Herbal Immersion students are not eligible to apply. However, if you are a graduate of the Medicine Making Course and/or the Foraging Course, you are welcome to apply for an Herbal Immersion scholarship. Applicants from any place in the world are welcome to apply for the scholarship–however, keep in mind that much of the curriculum is focused on plants native to the northern and western hemispheres (and, often, temperate climates).

 

WHEN YOU CAN APPLY: 

September 14-23, 2021

(All applicants will receive an email in the third week of November letting them know whether or not they are accepted.)

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED:

200 Online Medicine Making Course scholarships (150 hours). Upon graduation, these students are eligible for a full scholarship to our Herbal Immersion Program. 

50 Online Herbal Immersion Program (1,000 hours) scholarships that are available with no prerequisite for individuals who are already working for food and medicine justice by taking part in community gardens or other community-based land initiatives. 

For all course details and FAQs, please see the links above.

We receive far more applications than available spots. In our previous scholarship application period, we received more than 630 applications and we awarded 250 spots!  

If you enjoy major societal privileges (including the identities of white, male, heterosexual, college-educated, able-bodied, and cis-gendered [identify with your assigned-gender at birth]), and don’t identify as a veteran, disabled, BIPOC, or LGBTQ+, or work or volunteer in communities organizing for collective liberation, it’s not likely you’ll be selected considering the highly competitive nature of our scholarship program. Additionally, we ask that folks only apply if they have a financial need due to our scholarship program’s highly competitive nature, thus increasing access to herbal education for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to study with us. 

Please note that all applicants will need to have access to high-speed internet and a computer, tablet, or phone to participate in our online programs. You’ll also need a minimal amount of supplies, herbs, and materials to complete our programs’ hands-on portions. (We have a Medicine Making on a Budget Guide to help with low-cost or free resources.)

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SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

To apply for a scholarship:

1) Complete all sections of this form.

2) Answer the short answer questions (below in the section “Additional Required Questions” by typing your answers in the form below, OR upload your responses in a 3-MINUTE video submission (see Part 3 for video instructions). Feel free, in addition to submitting your responses to the questions below, to submit any artwork, photographs, videos, website links, or writings you feel add to your answers by uploading a file(s) at the bottom of this form. We love seeing how you shine in all the ways!

3) Please only apply once. You will receive a confirmation email after you submit your application, so please double-check your email address for typos before submitting. 

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NOTIFICATION OF AWARDS

All applicants will receive an email in the third week of November letting them know whether or not they are accepted. 

Thank you for your patience as we review your scholarship applications! We anticipate receiving close to a thousand applications, and with a small team, it takes many weeks to thoughtfully consider each one.

Please contact amber@chestnutherbs.com with any questions. We look forward to receiving your application! 

Warmly,

The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the scholarship covers the entire tuition for the course.  However, additional required and optional materials (such as printing course manuals, herbs and other ingredients, jars and containers, books, etc.) remain the responsibility of the student.

To help with costs, we’ve established a partnership with Mountain Rose Herbs and other bulk herb suppliers, who provide a 10% discount on materials and supplies for our students.

Please visit  the individual course FAQs on their homepages for details on estimated costs of course supplies:

In addition to prioritizing BIPOC and LGBTQ+ folks, we also award scholarships to veterans and those with disabilities. An additional group of participants are those who are actively building access to herbal healing and herb gardening in marginalized communities. (Past scholarship participants in this category include organizers, non-profit workers, and volunteers involved in  free herbal clinics, urban community gardens, and school, prison, refugee, and immigrant herb gardens.) This second group of scholarship participants may have multiple societal advantages but nonetheless demonstrate need and existing work in marginalized communities facing societal stress and bias. 

If you enjoy major societal privileges and don’t identify as a veteran, disabled, BIPOC, or LGBTQ, and don’t already work or volunteer as described above, it’s not likely you’ll be selected considering the highly competitive nature of our scholarship program.

Yes, our scholarships and courses are open to all regardless of location.

The Medicine Making Course in particular isn’t dependent on climate or location, and we offer metric weight and volume measurements for all of our recipes. 

However, the herbs discussed in the Online Herbal Immersion are most common to the Northern and Western hemispheres. The program is designed to serve a wide geographical area and most of the herbs are suitable for cultivation in temperate climates around the world. There is some inclusion of Ayurvedic, Caribbean, and other herbs in the course.

All of our programs are fully online and available to students anywhere in the world, as long as you have reliable internet access.

All students will need access to high-speed internet and a computer, tablet, or phone to participate in our online programs.

If you are already enrolled in the Herbal Immersion Program, you cannot apply for this scholarship program. However, if you are a previous scholarship recipient and you have graduated from the Medicine Making Course and/or the Foraging Course, you are eligible for an Herbal Immersion scholarship. (You don’t need to fill out an application – please contact amber@chestnutherbs.com to get enrolled.) 

We want to support you in working through your herbal education at the Chestnut School! If you are a currently enrolled student experiencing hardship, please reach out to let us know.

All applicants will receive an email letting them know whether or not they were accepted in the third week of November.