Summer 2021 Cultural Justice Fellowship
APPLICATION CLOSED AS OF 11:59 PM ON FEBRUARY 28, 2021.
Selected applicants will be notified via SurveyMonkey Apply and email on Friday, March 5, 2021.
Main Program Overview
Scholarship Junkies has grown tremendously in 2020 and will continue to expand our work in three areas: education access, relief funds, and community development. As part of our community development efforts, we believe that as our local community becomes more diverse, it is essential for youth and young adults in our community to become more culturally responsive.
Scholarship Junkies is proud to announce our Cultural Justice Fellowship! This program is uniquely designed to support upcoming youth and young leaders through the emergence of new and different perspectives, by investigating different communities across the world, as well as learning to collaborate with diverse groups of people across multiple spaces.
The inaugural program through Scholarship Junkies will offer three trips to countries in North America, Central America, and South America to a total of 24 youth and young adults from the state of Washington.
Participating youth and young adults will be immersed in a comprehensive language and culturally responsive four-week summer program organized by Scholarship Junkies, in partnership with local culturally sustaining educators from Washington State and country-based universities and/or community-based organizations.
Summer 2021 Programs
MEXICO - July 1, 2021 - July 31, 2021
Fellowship Lead: Yuriana Garcia Tellez
GUATEMALA - July 1, 2021 - July 31, 2021
Fellowship Lead: Maria Alejandra Perez Guzman
PERU - September 1, 2021 - October 1, 2021
Fellowship Lead: Julie Feng
About the Cultural Justice Fellowship
The Cultural Justice Fellowship is rooted in the work of “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World” by Django Paris and H. Samy Alim, focusing on how these learnings apply in different cultural spaces and through different cultures across these countries. A week prior to the trip, the students will participate in a virtual week-long intensive-course on Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy.
During the program, the youth and young adults will participate in a project-based learning model of cultural and academic classes on Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy and how it shifts through space and throughout the world; language courses; lectures on the economic, political, and educational system at each perspective county; and visit various archeological sites and education-based institutions to learn how culture has sustained across centuries in these spaces.
Upon return of the four-week program from each country, the participants will participate in a collective three-day virtual seminar focused on each of their learnings, connected to culture, space, and the current political, educational, and economic climate in each country. The youth and young adults will then complete a report, research paper, or video essay tying their learnings in connection to Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy. Scholarship Junkies will host a community-facing webinar series in the Winter of 2022 to present the youth and young adult’s projects.
- February 1 to February 28: Application open
- February 28 at 11:59 PM: Application due
- February 28 to March 5: Application review
- March 5: Approvals, denials, and waitlisted notifications sent to applicants
- May 1 to June 15: Virtual community course: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy
- Varies: Four-week program in selected countries.
- Fall 2021: Three-day follow-up virtual seminar
- Winter 2022: Community webinar by Scholarship Junkies
To be eligible for consideration to our program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be 18 to 30 years old at the time of travel
- Have a valid passport from the respective country of origin
- Must participate in ALL PROGRAM activities (pre, during, and post)
- Must test negative for COVID-19, 3 days prior to departure to Mexico/Guatemala/Peru, 3 days after arriving at the country for the program, and 3 days before returning to the United States
- Must be able to pay round-trip airfare from the United States and the host country
- Must be able to pay the $3,000 program fees and any other additional fees (e.g. passport fees, visa fees, etc.)
OVERVIEW OF $3,000 PROGRAM FEE
- Individual housing rooms, meals, local transportation, entrance fees to field-trip sites, and medical, emergency, and travel insurance
- A copy of the book “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World” by Django Paris and H. Samy Alim
- Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy and language courses in the United States and host country
- COVID-19 testing, N95 masks for the entire trip, and primary care and/or medical assistance
- Any legal advice related to leaving the United States, entering the host country, and returning to the United States
*Scholarships not available at this time
- Biographical information
- Resume or activities log
- Letter of recommendation
- One page personal statement (around 500 words) that explains why you are a strong candidate for the program by articulating your interests, identify which of the three countries you are interested in participating in, qualifications, and projected benefits to future personal, academic, and/or professional goals
- Short responses, around 150 words each, highlighting why we should select you over other candidates and explaining your plans for financing the study abroad experience
For more information, visit https://www.scholarshipjunkies.org/fellowships.