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“It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
It is our duty to win.
We must love each other and support each other.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
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Scholarships & Cost of Registration
Your team has several places to turn to for scholarship and funding:
- Funding can be obtained through college campus funds such as student clubs, student government, office of Student Affairs, sustainability commitments, academic departments' conference and travel budgets, etc. For non-students, many organizations offer funding for their members (or affiliated folks) to attend trainings, and some workplaces have professional development funds that could be used for purposes like this.
- CoFED staff can coach and connect you to fundraise from your local and regional community of aligned businesses, cooperatives and cooperative associations, and credit unions. For example, a team California found financial support from a local grocery cooperative as well as a regional non-profit whose mission is to advance health and food access. Not only did it lead to financial support; it also created new partnerships for their project that they continue to benefit from today.
- If you need financial assistance, the Ralph K. Morris Foundation may be available to help. Please go to www.ralphkmorrisfoundation.org for scholarship criteria, guidelines and forms.
- CoFED Scholarships are need-based. We offer limited full and partial scholarships to teams who may not have traditional access to these spaces. This includes folks who are: low-income, people of color, LGBTQ2S, people with disabilities, immigrants, formerly incarcerated, returning students, women, working, and/or have dependents.
|$200||Annual household income of $40,000 or less|
|$350||Annual household income between $40,001 - $60,000|
|$500||Annual household income between $60,001 - $80,000|
|$750||Annual household income between $80,001 - $100,000|
|$1,500||Annual household income of $100,000 or more|
Please note that CoFED dues-paying members also enjoy a 10% discount.
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Leadership is the courage to be who you are in a world that constantly tells you to be someone else or tries to snuff you out. It's daring to love yourself and others, to challenge the status quo and throw down for collective liberation. We've practiced a community of care and supported many folks from all across the US to bring their full selves and loving leadership to start or scale local food co-ops. Join our grassroots community of next generation leaders by applying to Summer Co-op Academy today! Full and partial scholarships are available, and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
The deadline to apply to SCA 2018 is April 6, 2018. Please read our application guide before applying. Email Dominique@cofed.org for more info.
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