Fellowships and Scholarships

The Living School program is always stronger and more fruitful when it includes a wide array of backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and ages. The program is a large commitment in time and financial resources and is sometimes inaccessible to people with valuable insight that we believe the Living School needs.

Generous support from our donors has allowed us to create ten fellowships that cover the entire cost of Living School tuition as well as housing and most meals during in-person intensives and symposia. These fellowships do not cover the cost of airfare, transportation, and other related expenses. We especially encourage young adults and people of color to apply for these awards.

Ten fellowships will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Social Activism: Those who are seeking to ground their activism and advocacy in personal and spiritual transformation
  • Faith Community Leadership: Not just pastors and priests, but anyone who works with faith or spiritual communities of all shapes, sizes, and forms
  • Direct Service: Servants in need of care themselves, who are working in urban ministry, social services, medical care, or with those in recovery
  • Artists: Musicians, writers, poets, and visual artists who use their work to draw attention to truth through artistic expression
  • Education and Academia: Those who are engaged in the life of the mind or in shaping the understanding of others and feel the need for the spirit to be nourished as well
  • International: Those who can bring a more global perspective to our program

A number of financial need-based scholarships are also available. Scholarships apply to tuition fees only; they do not include housing, meals, or transportation.

It is important to remember, while there are no age restrictions, the Living School is not an introductory course. Participants should already be engaged in their own journey of spiritual awakening and self-discovery. Applicants should know that program involves learning lessons from darkness and suffering; they should be open to changes in their lives and transformation of consciousness. We seek participants who have already begun to actively engage their truest selves in the world in some form of social justice or activism.

Those interested in applying for a fellowship or a need-based scholarship should follow the standard Living School application process. Within the online application, check the box marked “Please consider me for the merit and/or financial-need based Fellowships and Scholarships.”

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