Reward/ Scholarship Application Process
Along with the funds dedicated to artistic awareness, part of the funds that we collect throughout the year go directly towards artistic individuals looking to broaden their educational horizons through experiences that will inspire them. These experience can range from educational seminars and certification programs, room and board for mentorship programs, and even being able to be a taste, touch, or see something that will help them grow and develop in their chosen field. The idea is to inspire individuals by linking them to different experiences around the world, in hopes to strengthen their own culture and local economy when they bring a revitalized perspective to their industry in their community.
The process begins with the application that the Board of Directors has created to be able to decipher the balance of need and want, and judges each application against our 5 core values. Each applicant must show integrity, ambition, discipline, leadership, and passion. The Board of Directors makes a rough outline of the types of people we are looking for to receive these scholarships. It is important for the Board to create these parameters because these scholarship recipients will be the advocates for the Inspire Artistic Minds organization, and it is important that they fall in line with the vision of our future.
After the Board of Directors has approved the applicants, the application moves to the Distribution Council. The Distribution Council is comprised of several individuals in different walks of life, that are true examples of our five core values. The Distribution Council meets once a year (or as funds become available) and collects all the applications and decideswho will get what money for that period, the stipulations that will be placed on the scholarship, and the scale by which to judge each application.
The Distribution Council gives the Board of Directors the terms of each scholarship and the Board then communicates with each applicant of the status of their scholarship. Most scholarships are a reimbursement, and require proof that the applicant is dedicated to whatever experience they are looking to be a part of, regardless of the help of our organization. A full summary of the experience is required of each scholarship recipient at the end of the event that they chose to participate in. Funds are not distributed until a full summary, proof of participation, completed commitment form and any other requirements are submitted to Inspire Artistic Minds. Summary must answer the following questions:
What did you learn through this experience?
What do you hope to do with this knowledge now?
How has IAM been an impact-full part of connecting you to this experience?
What are your thoughts on IAM as an organization dedicated to connecting artists to the things that will inspire them?
After all the requested materials are submitted to Inspire Artistic Minds, promised funds are released to the applicant as they become available to the organization.
- An individual can only apply for a scholarship once every calendar year for up to $1,000.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding. You must specifically explain pricing of your educational experience, travel cost projections, and answer every question to the best of your ability. Lack of financial information will eliminate your application from consideration.
- We do not reimburse for projected salary or wages lost from going through your educational experience.
- You can only apply for one experience per application, per year. Your application can have multiple parts. For example, a trip to another country may include tasting entrance fees, airline flight and living expenses, and certifications. Those would all be considered under the same application as long as they were all happening on the same trip/ experience, so you wouldn't add any certification or programming that was happening outside of that location/time/experience.
- Any request over $1,000 requires a personal and professional reference, as well as a 4 minute video.
- Recipients of larger scholarships are normally required to also provide photos, videos, social media posts and press time in addition to their summary.
- You can apply for reimbursement for an educational experience that has already happened in the previous calendar year, or is going to happen in the current calendar year. (For Example, If you want to attend “Tales of the Cocktail” in 2015, you can apply in 2015, or apply in 2016. Please note: The Distribution Council meetings vary in consistency, so if you apply in 2016 for a 2015 event, the Distribution Council may not see your application till early 2017 depending on the frequency of the meetings. The earlier you apply, the better the chances that the Distribution Council will see your application sooner)
- Scholarship applications are collected throughout the year at anytime, and are collected for the upcoming Distribution Council meeting.
- Scholarship is considered received based on the date the check is sent from Inspire Artistic Minds.
- Individuals that receive a scholarship during one calendar year must wait for one full calendar year to pass before they can apply again, and cannot apply the next year for the previous year. (For example, someone that received funds anytime in 2014 would need to wait until January 2016 to apply again, and would not be able to apply for an experience in 2015.)
- Individuals that are approved for scholarships in the current calendar year must submit all required documentation including proof of purchase, experience summary, and completed commitment form by the end of the calendar year or else they forfeit their funding, and are not able to apply for a scholarship for the next calendar year. (For example, if you apply for “Portland Cocktail Week” 2015 and get approved for the scholarship in 2015, all materials must be submitted by the end of 2015. Otherwise you forfeit your scholarship and aren’t allowed to apply in 2016 or 2017 for any experiences in 2015 or 2016.)
- The Board of Directors has the option to vote through any application to The Distribution Council, that doesn’t fit into the above rules.
This organization was founded on the idea that “You can do anything you set your mind to,” so we firmly believe that with or without our help, be dedicated to “keep moving forward.”
Thank you, and we look forward to your application (apply here).
President, Inspire Artistic Minds