The Herbal Academy strives to develop and support educational opportunities and the advancement of herbalism in a wide array of communities! Each year, the Herbal Academy donates a dedicated number of scholarships and enrollment opportunities for our programs to non-profit organizations, herbal conferences, and events to help bring quality herbal education to students, families, and communities across the United States and throughout the world.
The Herbal Academy opens its doors to new students through its annual needs-based scholarship program granting enrollment scholarships into both the Family Herbalist Path Package and Clinical Herbalist Path Package each year.
The goal of this scholarship is to offer herbal wellness tools to support students facing significant hardships and limited financial means. The intention is to enable individuals to gain an herbal education and use their learned knowledge and skills to support the health and wellness of their selves, families, and/or local communities. This scholarship is for underserved populations who face undue barriers as a result of an unbalanced social structure which discriminates based on a person’s race, ethnicity, religion, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Scholarship recipients will be chosen at random. Applicants will complete a short questionnaire on which they will share their goals for obtaining an herbalism education. The Herbal Academy awards $30,000 in scholarships annually.
Please be sure to read the questions and answers before you apply.
How do I know if I qualify for this scholarship?
The Empowerment Scholarship is intended for individuals who have financial need and who are members of underserved groups that are often excluded from access to herbal education. This includes those who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, working class, disabled, immigrant, or part of an ethnic or religious minority.
What do you mean by financial need?
This scholarship is designed to increase access for individuals from underserved groups who would not otherwise be able to participate in herbal education. We don’t specify an income level because everyone’s circumstances are different. If you have access to financial resources like savings or family support that would allow you to take the courses you’re interested in, please use those resources before applying for this scholarship so that others who don’t may benefit.
Why are recipients chosen randomly?
We anticipate having more requests then our scholarship funds can cover. Rather than trying to determine whose need is greatest, which is really an impossible task, we think it’s more appropriate to use random selection to choose from the pool of applicants who have read the qualifying information and have chosen to apply.
That’s why we’re asking everyone to think carefully about whether this scholarship applies to them before they apply.
When can I apply?
The Empowerment Scholarship Application is open January 5 – January 19, 2022. If you’d like to stay in touch with updates on the next Empowerment Scholarship Application opening, please add yourself to our newsletters here.
We are thrilled to be offering this Empowerment Scholarship because it speaks to the core of our mission here at the Herbal Academy as we work to support passionate students through accessible and affordable herbal education.
The world simply needs more herbalists in every community. If you have both the financial need and the genuine desire to build and expand your herbal knowledge, please don’t hesitate to apply below.