Announcing the 2019 SSDP DARE scholarship

Announcing the 2019 SSDP DARE scholarship

In an ongoing effort to ensure that a diverse group of individuals and viewpoints are represented at our upcoming #SSDP2019 global conference, Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s Diversity Awareness Reflection and Education (SSDP-DARE) Committee is once again offering scholarships to help defray the cost of attending the conference.

Are you interested in applying for a SSDP-DARE Diversity Scholarship to Attend #SSDP2019? Fill out this form hereThe deadline to apply is Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.

To donate to the scholarship fund, please visit the DARE scholarship donation page.

What is the Diversity Awareness Reflection and Education (SSDP-DARE) committee?

SSDP-DARE, formerly known as ORD (Outreach, Recruitment, Diversity) Committee is a collaborative committee comprised of board and non-board members, students, alumni, and community members dedicated to broadening Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s (SSDP) base and increasing engagement with presently underrepresented perspectives. Since its founding in March 2011, SSDP-DARE has taken on the challenges of strengthening diversity in all its forms within SSDP. The committee endeavors to ensure that the range of perspectives & personal experiences of all communities and individuals negatively impacted by the War on Drugs are represented and integrated into SSDP and the drug policy reform movement at large. DARE does this by creating a welcoming, open, and safe space for all stakeholders. Join our Facebook group here or contact the DARE committee coordinator at ssdpdare@ssdp.org if you’re interested in getting involved.

Who can apply for a DARE scholarship?

Do you self-identify with a group that is generally underrepresented at SSDP events and conferences? Perhaps your race, gender, sexual orientation, age or life experiences mean that you lie outside of the range of demographics that are typical of SSDP conferences. Perhaps you are a returning student, a veteran, a parent, or an immigrant. Maybe you are the only SSDP chapter leader in your state. Or, perhaps, nobody from your chapter has ever attended an SSDP conference. Tell us what unique perspective you can bring to#SSDP2019!

This sounds too good to be true! What’s the catch?

Scholarship recipients will only receive their scholarship upon completion of the following items:
  • Attendance at #SSDP2019
  • Submission of a 1-2 paragraph reflection on their conference experience and what the scholarship meant to them

How does SSDP-DARE define “diversity?”

Age, background, class or socioeconomic identification, culture and traditions, current student or non-student status, disability or differently-abled status, diversity of opinion, employment status, ethnicity, gender identification, ideology, language, mental health, moral framework, nationality, physical health, political affiliation, pregnancy and parenting status (pregnant women, custodial and noncustodial parents, foster and adoptive parents, legal guardians, etc.), primary movement of identification (formerly incarcerated, recovery, student, etc.), race, relationship orientation and status, relationship with drugs/how one self-identifies in relation to drugs (user, non-drug user, person with substance use disorder(s), recreational user, medical user, abstainer, in recovery, etc.), religion, sexual identification, stake in reform, subculture, and any other self-identifiers.

If any of these categories describe you, or you if simply cannot afford to attend the conference without additional financial support, this scholarship may be for you! 

Apply today! The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.