The Wingspan Project is partnering with Live Oak, Inc. to offer the Valuing Difference Awards. Our collaboration builds on the aligned beliefs and common history shared by our two organizations. This year, we will be offering 1-2 Graduate Student Awards for a maximum of $2500 and a minimum of $1250, and 1-2 Community Activist/Achievement Award for a maximum of $2500 and a minimum of $1250. The key elements of our beliefs that drive this program are:
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Graduate Student Award
Up to two graduate students will be selected for an award no greater than $2500. and no less than $1250.
Students currently enrolled or about to begin graduate programs in any of the following disciplines: Social Work, Clinical Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Psychology, or a related field. The intention of this award is to encourage and support new clinicians who are aligned with the values described above and plan to implement them in their practice.
Community Activism and Achievement Award
Up to two community activists will be selected for an award no greater than $2500. and no less than $1250.
Persons actively engaged in community activism, organizing, advocacy, or support. The intention of this award is to encourage and support activists, organizers, advocates, and other support people who are aligned with the values described above and plan to implement them in their work.
June 1, 2023 - July 31, 2023
Applicants will submit all of the following materials no later than 11:59pm on July 31, 2023.
Please submit your completed application/materials to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also reach out to this address with any questions. Please state "Valuing Difference Awards" in your subject line.
August 1 - August 15, 2023
All completed applications will be reviewed and final round applicants will be invited to in-person interviews with a panel of representatives from Live Oak and The Wingspan Project. Applicants will be informed of their application status no later than January 15, 2022, and will be provided with the dates of their final round interview to be held later in January.
August 16 - August 31, 2023
Final round applicants are invited to complete in-person (or virtual) interviews with a panel of representatives from Live Oak and The Wingspan Project. These interviews are intended to allow applicants to more thoroughly describe their previous experience and future personal, professional, and/or activism related goals. Applicants are encouraged to bring any materials with them that would help support their application, if applicable.
Prior to completing the final interview, applicants will be asked to provide a 2-3 sentence summary about the focus of their previous or current work, as well as how they plan on utilizing the award if chosen. Additionally, applicants will be asked to provide a headshot. These blurbs and headshots will be posted on the websites for Live Oak and The Wingspan Project to announce award winners.
Award Winners Announced
September 1-15, 2023
All final round applicants will be notified of their application status in September 2023. Award winners will be posted to the Live Oak and The Wingspan Project websites.
Award Winner Financial Reporting
Due to state and federal tax laws, the award winners will be issued a 1099 form from The Wingspan Project and all award payments should be reported per appropriate IRS regulations. In order to receive payment, the award winners will be required to provide an individual W9 form at the time of the award announcements. Please note that even if you are applying on behalf of an organization, the awards are designed for individuals.