After observing a lack of scholarship opportunities available to survivors of trafficking, Free for Life created a unique program to assist with educational costs. This program is open to survivors around the world, and can be used for any educational or vocational program of the survivor’s choice!
The scholarship program works to build relationships with survivors of human trafficking, so that we can walk hand-in-hand with them as they achieve their educational or vocational dreams. Our scholarships build on survivors’ strengths: their resiliency and drive to overcome challenges. They were designed to be flexible, renewable and more meaningful than a simple financial gift.
MEET OUR SURVIVOR RECIPIENTS
Program: Funeral Science
Esther hopes to one day work as a mortician at a funeral home. After working in a funeral home for several years, Esther developed a passion for helping families through what can be one of the most difficult times in their lives. Through many obstacles, Esther has been able to maintain her hope and spirit while pursuing her dreams.
Program: Behavior Analysis
Tiffani grew up in the foster care system and was trafficked at an early age. As a survivor of human trafficking and satanic ritualistic abuse, Tiffani has a deep understanding of the many difficulties facing at-risk youth and adults.These powerful life experiences inspired Tiffani to establish an organization called GloryB to fight human trafficking and satanic ritualistic abuse.
Program: Social Work
Program: Social Work
After many years of abuse and trauma, Crystal was saved from sex trafficking, but a long journey was still ahead of her. Through help from local organizations, finding faith and perseverance, Crystal was able to begin establishing her new life. Crystal aspires to obtain a masters in social work and business administration, so that she can help others in need, and maintain her nonprofit, Jesus in Disguise.
Program: Social Work
Like many of our recipients, Jai was trafficked from an early age, and her journey to recovery and healing is still ongoing. Her experiences growing up in the foster care system inspired Jai to pursue a degree in social work. After she graduates, Jai plans to work as a social worker for foster youth, and teach them the life skills and tools she was not provided.
Program: Massage Therapy
After being rescued from human trafficking and undergoing brain surgery, Amber became interested in holistic healing. This interest motivated Amber to become a licensed massage therapist. Amber hopes to use her massage therapy license to better the lives of those in need, while breaking the cycle of poverty that her family has endured for generations.
Chanel is pursuing a degree in sociology and mental health counseling. Despite the trauma of being a survivor of human trafficking, Chanel has always maintained a positive outlook on life, and a heart that desires to help others. After being saved from human trafficking, Chanel spent several years working on herself and her goals. Through her connection to other survivors, Chanel found her true calling: mentoring and counseling those in need
HOW TO APPLY
The eligibility requirements for survivors are:
- Each survivor must have completed a rehabilitation program through a local shelter or nonprofit program.
- Each survivor must have a passionate heart and personal desire to pursue education or vocational training
- Each survivor must complete all necessary prerequisites to be accepted into their desired institution or program
Scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but according to the following schedule:
DEADLINE FOR SPRING FUNDING: NOVEMBER 16TH AT 5:00 PM
DEADLINE FOR SUMMER FUNDING: MARCH 15TH AT 5:00 PM
DEADLINE FOR FALL FUNDING: JULY 12TH AT 5:00 PM
Any application sent after a listed deadline will be taken into consideration for the following term. Every application is reviewed by Free for Life’s committee and top applicants will be selected for interviews within a month of each deadline.
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