Julia McNeil Memorial Scholarship

Pay-it-forward Scholarships

Safe Passage Foundation's scholarships are granted with a pay-it-forward pledge. Recipients of the scholarships are asked to "pay it forward", pledging to try to support Safe Passage Foundation's scholarship fund or a similar scholarship fund in the future.

Scholarship benefits are divided into three different categories. An applicant may apply in one or more categories to be eligible for a scholarship benefit:

  • Demonstrated financial need. To be eligible for an award in this category, the applicant's education costs (including room and board as well as tuition and fees) must exceed the income and other financial resources (excluding student loans) available to the applicant to cover those costs.
  • Academic achievement. To be eligible for an award in this category, the applicant must currently have and maintain a grade average equivalent to at least 80%. Transcripts of the applicant’s grades must be submitted with the application. Successful applicants must submit transcripts each semester for the previous term.
  • Community participation and involvement. To be eligible for an award in community participation and involvement, an applicant must have demonstrated leadership, outstanding achievement over obstacles and/or commitment to community participation, including (but not limited to) improving the lives of other current and/or former HDO children.

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Nursing Scholarships

In April 2018, nursing job board NurseRecruiter announced it would be expanding its nursing scholarship program by funding a $1000/year scholarship grant for future nurses who were born or raised in a cult.

Those eligible should apply for the nursing scholarship directly at NurseRecruiter.com and use the essay field to indicate which cult they were born or raised in. NurseRecruiter will fund the nursing scholarship grants and help process applications. Recipients of the nursing scholarship will be selected by the Safe Passage Foundation scholarship selection committee and applicants will be contacted by Safe Passage Foundation if any further information is needed. Current or prospective nursing students born or raised in a cult are eligible to receive and may apply for both scholarships.

NurseRecruiter is owned and operated by MadLab.

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  • Applicants in the United States must be currently enrolled in or admitted to an accredited academic degree/diploma/certificate program at a school eligible to participate in the Federal student financial assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended.  Applicants in other countries are also eligible provided they are or will be attending an accredited college or university.  
  • Awards are limited to a maximum of $5,000 USD, but the amount may vary from year to year, subject to available funding. As of August 2018, award amounts are $500 to $1000 depending on available funding.
  • The applicant must have been born and/or raised in an high demand organization (HDO). Whether or not the community the applicant was raised in meets the criteria established for an HDO will be determined by the selection committee.
  • There are no restrictions based on race or employment status of the recipient or any relative of the recipient.  SPF will not base its selection on the employment status of the applicant. No relatives of members of the selection committee will be eligible for receiving scholarship benefits from SPF.
  • If a recipient has qualified for an award in the academic achievement category, transcripts of the recipient’s current grades must be sent to the selection committee each semester. If the grade average of the recipient falls below the equivalent of 80%, the recipient will no longer be eligible for the award, and subsequent payments will not be made. Recipients in other categories must provide evidence (in the form of transcripts or other official documentation from their academic institution) of having successfully completed the semester with a passing grade to be eligible to reapply in subsequent academic terms.

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