Course(s) Offered: Health, Nursing
Course Level: Associate, Bachelor’s or Master’s
Provider: John F. Kennedy, Jr.
Country to Study in: USA
The Kennedy Fellows Scholarship and Career Mentoring Program was established in 1989 by John F. Kennedy, Jr. to support the higher education and career advancement of direct support workers and frontline supervisors in the disability field.
The overall goal of the program is to improve the quality of services to individuals and families by educating and strengthening the frontline workforce.
The City University of New York offers Associate, Bachelors or Masters scholarships under the Kennedy Fellows Scholarship and Career Mentoring Program.
Employment: Candidates must have at least one year of continuous satisfactory employment as a frontline worker with a public or non-profit agency that provides health, education or human services to New Yorkers with disabilities. Typical job titles of Kennedy Fellows include direct support professional, direct care worker, assistant teacher, home care worker, group residence worker, case manager, job coach, nurse aide or service coordinator.
College: Candidates must be enrolled at The City University of New York (CUNY) and taking at least six course credits each semester. They must be matriculated in a job-related certificate, associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree program in areas such as Disability Studies, Special Education, Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, Human Services, Rehabilitation Counseling, Recreation, Physical Therapy, or Community Health.
Preference is given to students employed in direct support positions who have the potential to assume professional or leadership positions, and who demonstrate a career commitment to working with people with disabilities and their families. All finalists are interviewed in person or by phone.
Citizens of the USA, and any other country, who are legal residents of the USA
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute for Worker Education; City University of New York, USA
Fields of study
The courses and fields of Disability Studies, Special Education, Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, Human Services, Rehabilitation Counseling, Recreation, Physical Therapy, or Community Health
Number of awards
Not specified, but several will be given
Whole duration of program
Stipends: Kennedy Fellows will receive $1000 each semester for up to two semesters (fall 2011 and spring 2012) for tuition, books, instructional materials, transportation, student fees, childcare, and other expenses associated with their higher education.
Method of Application
Please include the following in your application package:
[ ] Completed and signed application form
[ ] Typed personal statement
[ ] Sealed Recommendation form and letter from a supervisor or other professional from your agency
[ ] Resume
[ ] Official transcript(s) for all colleges you have attended, including current college
[ ] Proof of enrollment for the current fall semester (e.g. bursar’s receipt)
Mail complete application package to:
Director, Kennedy Fellows Program
JFK, Jr. Institute/CUNY
101 West 31st Street, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10001
You may download the 2011 Scholarship Application Details and Guidelines.
The completed application must be received by the John F. Kennedy, Jr., Institute no later than Friday, October 14, 2011. All completed applications from qualified applicants will be reviewed. New Fellows will be notified by November 11, 2011.
A mandatory orientation session for accepted applicants will be held on Friday, December 2nd from 9:30AM to 12:00PM.
Questions may be directed to Osmin.Sullivan-Hewitt@mail.cuny.edu or 646.344.7313.
Application Deadline: October 14, 2011
Open for International Students: No
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