Diversity is central to FREDLA’s mission of promoting leadership and organizational capacity of family-run organizations. For this reason, in 2014, FREDLA established the Diverse Family Leaders Scholarship award to lower financial barriers to professional development and highlight the accomplishments of distinguished family leaders from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. The Diverse Family Leaders Scholarship advances FREDLA’s commitment to diversity and racial equity.
In 2020, FREDLA is pleased to award two scholarships for $500 each to be used for professional development including: courses at colleges or universities or attendance at national conferences. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must meet all eligibility criteria, complete an application, and submit their resume and at least one letter of recommendation from a board member or community partner. A committee comprised of a cross section of ethnic and cultural groups will review all applications and select the final scholarship awardees.
While there is no federal statute specifically regulating the use of racial/ ethnic, or similar criteria under scholarship programs administered by private organizations, FREDLA has looked to the Federal Government and their definitions as our guideline.
The four eligible racial/ethnic categories of our application are:
(1) American Indian or Alaskan Native (all persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America and maintaining identifiable tribal affiliations through membership and participation or community identification).
(2) Asian and Pacific Islander (all persons having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands);
(3) Black (all persons having origins in any of the black African racial groups not of Hispanic origin); and
(4) Hispanic (all persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race).
To be considered for a scholarship, the candidate must be:
- Employed in a leadership role as executive director, deputy director or program director of an incorporated family-run organization focused on the wellbeing of children and youth with mental, emotional or behavioral needs and their families.
- Scholarships may be used solely for professional development activities pertaining to knowledge and skills to lead a family run organization including:
- To pay tuition and books for courses at an accredited educational institution
- Registration, travel and hotel to attend national conferences.
- FREDLA will directly pay the institution or conference registration.
- Upon completion of the course or attendance at the conference(s), documentation of attendance or completion of the course must be submitted to FREDLA.
- The scholarship must be used within 12 months of being awarded or the scholarship is canceled.
Application and Selection Process
- Applications, resume and at least one letter of recommendation from a board member of your organization, or community partner
- A committee comprised of a cross section of ethnic and cultural groups will review all applications and select the final scholarship awardees.