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Tuition Assistance, Scholarships and Other Sources of Support

The MA Resilient Leadership Program is designed so our students can hold part to fulltime jobs while in school.  We find that some of the best ways to find your ideal position after graduating from our program is to work in relevant areas while completing your studies.  Boulder is a sustainability hub with a multitude of relevant non-profits, for profits, educational, start-ups, and government organizations which often hire current students and/or provide internship experiences.

Naropa also provides numerous funding opportunities for our students.  To be considered for funding please be sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Below are the funding sources we believe are most relevant:

Graduate Assistantships

The Environmental Studies Department hires three Graduate Assistants each year.  These positions provide opportunities for teaching, research and other applicable professional skills.  For a fulltime (10 hour week) position, graduate assistantships provide a $4000 scholarship that will be applied toward an assistantship and a $3000 stipend paid out monthly during the academic year.  We encourage you to apply for these positions in tandem with the submission of your application to our program.  Review of applicants begins in mid-January through March 1.

Permaculture Graduate Assistant

This position provides the opportunity to both manage the Naropa Greenhouse, Food Forest and Permaculture areas on campus, and provide teaching opportunities, research and support for the Intro to Permaculture and Permaculture Design Courses.  The position is full year and requires working over the summer.

Sustainability and Justice Graduate Assistant

This position and provides teaching, research and support for the undergraduate Sustainability as well as the undergraduate Environmental Justice courses.  This is a five hour a week position during the fall and spring semesters.

Sacred Ecology Graduate Assistant

This position provides teaching, research and support for the following three undergraduate courses:  1. Nature, the Sacred, and Contemplation;  2. Geography, Pilgrimage and Sacred Landscapes;  3. Physical Geography: Beholding the Body of the Earth.  The Graduate Assistant helps to organize and facilitate a three day wilderness solo intensive in the mountain areas outside of Boulder.  This position is ten hours a week during the fall semester and five hours a week during the spring semester.

Scholarships

All Naropa scholarships are need-based and are open to international students unless stated otherwise. Applicants must, unless otherwise indicated:

(1) apply for financial aid by completing either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the International Student Financial Aid Application by March 1; (2) have a completed admissions application on file for one of the university’s degree programs; (3) submit scholarship application materials to the financial aid office; (4) be a full-time student at the time of receiving the award (scholarships for graduate students may be pro-rated based on half-time status). (5) maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA (undergraduate students) or a 3.5 cumulative GPA (graduate students). Scholarship applications are due April 1, and awards are announced in early May, unless otherwise indicated.

The following scholarships are relevant for MA Resilient Leadership students:

Martin Janowitz Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate student in Environmental Studies or to a graduate student in Resilient Leadership.

Presidential Scholarship

Awarded to a limited number of entering undergraduate and graduate students deemed exceptional based on the student’s admission application. Undergraduate students without need may also be considered.

Sustainability Assessment Positions

The following three sustainability positions are designed to assess Naropa University’ s sustainability progress and are ideal for MA Resilient Leadership students.  These positions are supervised by the Sustainability Coordinator (located in the Facilities and Operations), are year round, working ten hours per week, and start annually on July 1.  The positions are posted at our Employment Opportunities web page in late spring, early summer.  For more information, please contact Aaron Cook at acook@naropa.edu.

Climate Action Plan Sustainability Specialist

The Climate Action Plan (CAP) Sustainability Specialist works closely with the Sustainability Coordinator to update the CAP with current information and data about Naropa’s sustainability projects and efforts, and develop and assist in the presentation of possible sustainability projects to the Board of Trustees each February. This position also participates in Naropa Sustainability Council meetings, campus sustainability events, and act as a voice for the CAP as well as the sustainability team to the greater Naropa community.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Sustainability Specialist

The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Sustainability Specialist provides in-depth research and support for the annual GHG inventory mandated in Naropa’s Climate Action Plan (CAP). This position works closely with the Sustainability Coordinator to collect report data from the Naropa community, analyze results, and propose actions and/or next steps. This position also participates in Naropa Sustainability Council meetings, campus sustainability events, and act as a voice for the GHG inventory as well as the sustainability team to the greater Naropa community.

STARS Sustainability Specialist

The STARS Sustainability Specialist performs research and provides support for completion of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report. This position works closely with the Sustainability Coordinator to successfully collect report data from the Naropa community, analyze results, and assist in proposing actions and/or next steps to improve Naropa’s STARS rating in the future. This position also participates in Naropa Sustainability Council meetings, campus sustainability events, and act as a voice for STARS as well as the sustainability team to the greater Naropa community.