STEP: Student Education Project Scholarship

 

On April 22, 2016 Hope4Justice celebrated the winners of the first annual Student Trafficking Education Project (STEP) Scholarship.

 

 

 

The Student Trafficking Education Project (STEP) Scholarship is sponsored by Hope4Justice, a local anti-human trafficking group.  The STEP Scholarship is offered to encourage Whatcom County students to create a project to educate teens about Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST).  Students from Whatcom County high schools or colleges are invited to compete for a $1000 scholarship by creating and presenting a project on DMST to their peers. The winner will be chosen and celebrated at an award ceremony in the spring

Student Trafficking Education Project

“STEP” Scholarship: Overview & Eligibility

The Student Trafficking Education Project (STEP) Scholarship is offered by Hope4Justice, a local anti-human trafficking group.  Hope4Justice believes in the power of youth to educate and inform others and has created the STEP Scholarship to recognize the efforts of Whatcom County students involved in human trafficking awareness activities. 

 Scholarships to be awarded annually:

·         One (1) $1000 scholarship to a Whatcom County graduating high school senior planning to attend an institution of higher learning after graduation.

·         One (1) $1000 scholarship to a Whatcom Community College student planning to attend WCC for one or more quarters after receiving STEP scholarship.

·         One (1) $1000 scholarship to a Western Washington University student planning to attend WWU for one or more quarters after receiving STEP scholarship.

 Eligibility

1.    High school applicant must be a current 12th grade student enrolled in a Whatcom County High School.

2.    Running Start students and home schooled students are welcome to apply for the STEP scholarship.

3.    Whatcom Community College applicant must be currently enrolled at WCC.  All awareness activities must have taken place while a student at WCC. 

4.    Western Washington University applicant must be currently enrolled at WWU.  All awareness activities must have taken place while a student at WWU.

5.    Applicant must complete a minimum of 20 hours of verified human trafficking AWARENESS activities (submitted via Hope4Justice STEP scholarship application form) in order to be eligible for consideration. 

6.    Verification: Each and every trafficking awareness activity must be verified by an unrelated adult in a supervisory capacity, i.e. school administrator, teacher, counselor, club advisor, youth group leader or pastor, professor, or similar position. 

7.    Pictures, videos, or other proof of each awareness activity must also be submitted.

8.    STEP scholarship submissions must be received by Hope4Justice, 600 Front St., #502, Lynden, WA 98264 by submission deadline of April 15. 

9.    Winners will be chosen between April 15th and May 15th.  Recognition will be after May 15th.

10.  Winners agree that all STEP submissions become property of Hope4Justice and may be used in promotions, awareness events or other Hope4Justice publicity efforts.  Winner further agrees to allow Hope4Justice to use their name, likeness and school name in local media publicity.

11.  At no time will STEP scholarship funds be dispersed directly to the student.  Upon proof of enrollment, the STEP scholarship funds will be deposited directly to the student’s chosen school.

 Student Trafficking Education Project

“STEP” Scholarship: Process

STEP Scholarship Process: Keep track of hours & submit proof

1.    Download Hope4Justice STEP form to keep track of hours spent on each trafficking awareness activity.

2.    Collect proof: Take pictures or video of your activity; be sure that you and attendees/audience are in the picture/video!  Alternatively or in addition, keep online, electronic or printed evidence of your activity.  Submit pics/video/electronic/print proof  to info@hope4justice.org

3.    Have supervisory (unrelated) adult sign off for each awareness activity.

4.    Signed form and pictures/video/other documentation must be received by Hope4Justice, 600 Front St., #502, Lynden, WA 98264 by submission deadline of April 15.

 Note:  It’s not required and it won’t increase your chances of winning but we’d love to attend your activity and/or publicize it … because we like letting our community know about your great anti-trafficking efforts.   Let us know as far as possible in advance of your activity by emailing us at info@hope4justice.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Trafficking Education Project

“STEP” Scholarship: Application Form

 

 

 

 

 

Student name: _______________________________________________________________

School: _____________________________           Level in school: ____________________

Email: _______________________________          Phone: ____________________________

 

Brief description of activity or activities:

1.__________________________________________________________________________ 2.____________________________________________________________________________3.____________________________________________________________________________4.____________________________________________________________________________5.____________________________________________________________________________

If needed, list additional activities on back or attach separate page.

 

Documentation & verification of activity/activities:

Date___Activity        _Hours____# of attendees _________Signature & position of supervisor

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

If needed, list additional activities on back or attach separate page.

 

Proof:  Don’t forget to submit proof of your activity/activities in addition to documentation of hours and number of attendees.  Pictures or video must show you and the audience/attendees.  Alternatively or in addition, keep online, electronic or printed evidence (newspaper article, posts, attendee evaluations, etc.) of your activity.  Submit pics/video/electronic/print proof to info@hope4justice.org

 

Submit signed form and documentation to Hope4Justice, 600 Front St., #502, Lynden, WA 98264 by submission deadline of April 15.  No exceptions.

 

 

 

Student Trafficking Education Project

“STEP” Scholarship: FAQs

 

 

 

 

 

Will completion of more than 20 hours of trafficking awareness activities increase my chances of winning this scholarship?  YES!  More than 20 hours increases the chance of being selected for the STEP scholarship.

 

Will it increase my chances of winning if I have lots of people attend my activity?  YES.  The more people that are impacted by your awareness activity, the better! 

 

Can some or all of my anti-trafficking awareness activities be part of a class project?  YES. 

 

Can several anti-trafficking activities add up to the 20 or more minimum hours required?  YES.  Do one or more activities -- as long as your hours add up to at least 20 or more hours.

 

Can I hold a fund raiser for Engedi Refuge or IJM or other group involved in fighting human trafficking?  A fund raiser is not automatically an awareness activity and those hours may not qualify.  The STEP scholarship is awarded for activities that increase AWARENESS of human trafficking.  The key question to ask is: “Does my activity make more people aware of one or more aspects of human trafficking?”

 

Does Hope4Justice need to approve of my anti-trafficking activity before I do it?  NO.  Hope4Justice is not liable or directly or indirectly responsible for any activity you choose or do.  We always recommend that you discuss your ideas and plans with parents/school officials/other supervisory adults in charge before starting work on your activity.

 

Is the STEP scholarship limited to awareness about one specific type of human trafficking? NO.  Awareness activities may be any kind of human trafficking in the United States or in the world.

 

Can my parent/guardian sign off on the Hope4Justice STEP verification form?  NO.

 

Do I have to complete all 20 hours during my senior year of high school or a single year of college?  NO.  Hours may be accumulated throughout multiple years of high school or college. 

·         Whatcom Community College applicants must be currently enrolled at WCC.  All awareness activities must have taken place while a student at WCC. 

·         Western Washington University applicant must be currently enrolled at WWU.  All awareness activities must have taken place while a student at WWU.

Who can I contact for more information?  Email Hope4Justice at info@hope4justice.org

 

Are my anti-trafficking awareness activities sponsored by or part of Hope4Justice? NO!  Students choose and carry out anti-trafficking awareness activities totally on their own, independent of Hope4Justice.  Hope4Justice is not liable or directly or indirectly responsible for any activity you choose or do.  Student(s) do not represent Hope4Justice and may not use the name or logo of Hope4Justice.