4 Steps To Apply for a Self-Reliance Scholarship

First things first. If you get stuck with any of this, please contact us! We are happy to help answer any questions that you have regarding our programs.

1. Tell us a bit about you. Fill out our simple Self-Reliance Scholarship Application and let us know your name, your age, and the best way to contact you. Feel free to include anything else that you would us to know about yourself and your situation.

2. Help us understand your financial situation. The Scholarship is for members of our community who are experiencing financial hardship, so we'll need a few documents to let us know where your household stands. These could be recent pay stubs, unemployment documents, tax returns, or any official report of your earnings. We also welcome letters from case workers regarding any special circumstances you're currently facing..

3. Learn more about the program. After we've reviewed your application, you will be invited to  information meetings where you will come to meet us and hear details about the process, ask questions, and receive paper copies of any application documents that you need. 

4. Schedule an optional private conversation. We want to help you feel safe. If there are things you'd rather discuss in a private, one-on-one conversation, we'll schedule a private meeting with our program manager, so you'll be free to share any matter you do not want to discuss in front of others.


4 Steps to Apply:

1. Contact us. Use the button above, or send us an email and let us know that you would like to apply.

2. Schedule an Informational Meeting. Once we have your contact information, we will let you know when we will be holding the next information meeting! 

3. Gather and submit "supporting documents". You will hear more detail about this at your information meeting, but you can start by putting aside documents that show how much you and the members of your household earn (if employed) or showing unemployment status, how many people are in your household, your identification, and any other information you would like us to consider.

4. If you are awarded a Self-Reliance Scholarship, a Foundation staff member will begin setting you up with a local self-defense training program and will set up a payment plan for your $30 portion of the membership fees. If you cannot pay the $30 per month due to extreme financial hardship, please tell us so that we can try to help.


  1. Become your own inspirationWork hard and see the transformation while you learn critical self-defense skills and teach yourself to stand tall in the face of anything.

Take your life into your hands in a great way! Work towards better physical and mental health, learn how to defend yourself, and become part of your larger local community. Make the decision to make a change, and your hard work will pay off! No matter what the cost of the program, all you will pay if you qualify is $30/month per family member.  

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