Through dozens of gifts from our community, we reached our Summer 2021 Match Challenge!
An anonymous donor (also a long-time member of our community) is matching these contributions for a combined total of $20,000 to support scholarships for incoming ELP Fellows in 2021 and beyond.
[You can still donate to the Scholarships Fund through our secure Network For Good page-- just make sure to designate your gift "scholarships"!]
These funds will go a long way towards our goal: that cost should not be a barrier to an ELP Fellowship. Scholarships priority will be given to Black and Indigenous people, people of color, and others who are and have been disadvantaged by the systems of our economy.
For more information about our Community Scholarships Fund, see below or reach out to Jessica Seeley, Director of Core Fellowship Programs, or A'Nova Ettien, Development Manager. We'll be updating this page soon with more details about the amazing generosity of our ELP community in meeting this summer's challenge.
Back in December 2020 as we looked to the year ahead, we made some commitments to you all. We promised to keep offering strong programs that are relevant and rooted in our values, and we are committed to improving access to ELP’s Core Fellowship Programs —specifically by making more scholarship support available.
In the first months of 2021, we made immediate progress, working with several regional grant funders to shift some of our program budgets in order to provide additional scholarships.
Reallocating funds is a start, but it will not allow us to achieve our goal: that cost should not be a barrier to an ELP Fellowship for anyone. So we established a Community Scholarship Fund that will make it possible for us to continue meeting applicant needs.
Vision for ELP Community
We’re especially aware that Black and Indigenous people and other people of color are disadvantaged by the systems of our economy. And while environmental issues affect all people, in the U.S. (and around the world) evidence is clear that some communities and groups are harmed more than others— correlated to race, poverty, and other systemic factors. In our vision of a just, sustainable future sector leadership must include those most impacted in frontline communities. Scholarships will be prioritized in these ways.
Your Donation will be Matched!
Can you help us meet all scholarship needs? You can make a secure donation directly to our new scholarship fund through ELP's Network For Good page.
An anonymous donor (who also serves on ELP’s board of directors) has committed to match every gift, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $10,000.
Please donate now, and write “scholarship match!” in the designation line so we can be sure to count your gift towards our match challenge.