Other News and Announcements Educational Funding Opportunities
Educational Grants Committee
The Educational Grants Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting will be awarding a limited number of grants for the school year 2017-2018. Grants will be made to enable members and regular attenders of Meetings associated with Baltimore Yearly Meeting (or their children) to pursue their educational goals. Grants may be applied to expenses associated with undergraduate attendance at accredited post-secondary educational institutions such as universities, colleges, professional and vocational schools. Attendance may be either full- or part-time. Grants will be awarded on the basis of financial need and the Committee’s assessment of an applicant’s statement of purpose, including consistency with Friends’ testimonies. Grants will not exceed $2,000 per grantee per year. The sum of all grants to a grantee will not exceed $8,000. In determining the number and amounts of grants, the Committee will be guided by the twin goals of assisting as many applicants as possible with available funds and, insofar as possible, of assuring that amounts of individual grants are not insignificant in comparison with the grantee’s needs. Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2017. For further information or if you have questions, please contact the Yearly Meeting Office at 301-774-7663 or online at www.bym-rsf.org.
The Miles White Beneficial Society, a charitable organization affiliated with the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), is accepting applications for scholarships for college undergraduate students and grants up to $5000 to non-profit 501(c)3 educational organizations in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan area.
Preference for awarding educational grants will be given to those organizations that are associated with the Society of Friends and that are providing educational opportunities, including books and instructional materials, for young people.
Preference for awarding scholarships shall be given to applications from the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area and to those with connections to Friends Meetings or their members within the Baltimore Yearly Meeting.
Application forms for college scholarships and for grants to organizations are now available. There are separate forms for each category. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017. Notification of approval will be made by May 1, 2017.
Questions or concerns about the application process may be sent to the electronic mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time to let your favorite Friends School know that grants to help explain Quaker faith and practice to school communities are available once again this year. For over twenty years the Sue Thomas Turner Quaker Education Fund has been supporting this path to understanding and out reach. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Click here for the the application for funds and check our annual reports from previous years to get some ideas about how grants have been used in the past. Please be in touch with us if you have any questions.
Jonathan Taylor Scholarship Fund Applications Being Accepted!
The Jonathan K. Taylor Swarthmore College Scholarship Fund is administered by Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run to provide support to students attending Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA. Preference goes to members of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting community. For the 2017-2018 academic year, there are funds up to $15,000 to be distributed among the successful applicants. For more information, or to apply by the April 20 deadline, contact Cindy Maier.
Work with and for Friends
FUM Announces Ramallah Quaker Life Coordinator
In response to strong and consistent requests from all stakeholders in the Ramallah Friends School community, Friends United Meeting is creating a new field staff position titled “Ramallah Quaker Life Coordinator.” This long-term field staff position, to be filled by a mature Christian Quaker. As a member of the FUM field staff, the Ramallah Quaker Life Coordinator will work with the Global Ministries staff to develop prayer and financial support sufficient to sustain the ministry. Applications will be received until the position is filled. For more information and to submit a resume and cover letter, contact: Eden Grace (765 962 7573 or email@example.com), Director of Global Ministries, Friends United Meeting, 101 Quaker Hill Drive, Richmond IN 47374. The Coordinator’s position will include the following responsibilities:
- Coordinate the ethics curriculum across all grade levels (this is the place in the curriculum where Quakerism and Friends testimonies are explicitly taught as a subject).
- Support the teachers of the Christianity curriculum (government-mandated for Christian students) in their holistic presentation of the gospel.
- Facilitate a deepening understanding and practice of Quakerism throughout the whole school, including helping students, teachers, parents, staff, Board members, and the wider community understand and apply elements of Quaker faith and practice in the RFS educational program.
- Assist the Principals to plan and lead the morning assembly (Chapel) program.
- Manage the Friends-in-Residence program for short and long term volunteers in the school.
- Support the school’s efforts in communicating the unique aspects of a Quaker education to a wider local and international audience.
- Provide spiritual encouragement and discipleship to Christian students, families and staff.
- Cultivate relationships with the Friends Council on Education and various Friends schools and Quaker educators in order to strengthen the community of practice for RFS teachers and students.
- Over time, seek to discern possible openings for strengthening the ministry of Friends in the Palestinian context beyond the confines of the school, working in collaboration with Ramallah Monthly Meeting as way opens.
- Report to the RFS Head of School and closely coordinate activities with the divisional principals.
Rammallah Friends School seeks new Head of School
Friends United Meeting is accepting applications for the position of Head of Ramallah Friends School (RFS), located in Ramallah, Palestine. This is a full-time long-term field staff position within the Global Ministries Department of Friends United Meeting. The Head of School is the senior member of the RFS staff, responsible for ensuring FUM’s faithful stewardship as owners of the school and shepherding its mission of providing a distinctively Friends education to Palestinian boys and girls since 1869. The Head of School reports to the Director of Global Ministries of Friends United Meeting, and works in a mutually-accountable relationship with the Board of Trustees of the School. More information about the position can be found here. More information about Ramallah Friends School can be discovered on their website and Facebook page.