Emerging leaders in the area of sexual and reproductive wellness and rights are supported by the Guttmacher Institute’s Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was created in 2014 in memory of Cory L. Richards, a pioneer in the field whose illustrious career at the Guttmacher Institute extended nearly four decades. It represents his basic dedication to supporting the advancement of future leaders. It does this by offering financial aid to students pursuing advanced degrees in the healthcare system or public policy who intend to devote their professional lives to improving public policy concerning reproductive health and rights.
An organization dedicated to research and public policy, the Guttmacher Institute seeks to advance sexual and reproductive rights all over the world. This research group was founded in 1968 with the goal of advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights via research, education, and advocacy. Although it works mostly in the United States, the organization also emphasizes poorer nations. The Guttmacher Institute was initially a component of Planned Parenthood before splitting off in 2007. Studies are used by the Guttmacher Institute to support program and policy reform.
The Institute bears Alan F. Guttmacher’s name, an obstetrician-gynecologist and former leader of Planned Parenthood. There are numerous domestic and foreign funding sources for the Guttmacher Institute. Keeping track of the rules and regulations pertaining to reproductive health across the country is one of the Faculty’s largest initiatives. Herminia Palacio is the CEO at the moment.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP
Up to two people may be selected for the Cory L. Richards Scholarship each year and given a one-time fellowship of $15,000 each to help with full- or part-time graduate studies at a US institution of higher learning. Priority is given to candidates with proven financial needs in keeping with the Institute’s and Cory’s commitment to ensuring that everyone has the same opportunities.
Past recipients have gone on to pursue degrees in environmental health from George Washington University, work with the Georgia Department of Public Health to track and evaluate regional COVID-19 trends, and promote Zika virus prevention among Hispanic populations, among other things.
Period of application
3 p.m. CT from March 15, 2023, through May 15, 2023
- Be beginning or already enrolled for the entire forthcoming academic year in a full-time or part-time grad studies program at a recognized university in the United States.
- Be enrolled in a master’s program in public administration or public health
- Have career aspirations to advance sexual and reproductive wellness and rights in society.
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0. (or it’s equivalent)
- A previous beneficiary cannot reapply.
Candidates are taken into consideration regardless of their national origin, race, color, creed, religion, sexual preference, age, or gender.
Applications include a personal essay, a brief response to a question, as well as documentation of the applicant’s:
• Academic standing
• Being a leader and taking part in community and school activities
• Work History
Finalist candidates will be required to submit a college transcript and a letter of recommendation.
A group of staff members from the Guttmacher Institute will judge the applications. All rejected candidates will be notified by Scholarship America in July, and finalists will be notified by the Guttmacher evaluation panel. Soon after, Guttmacher will make the final award recipient(s) public.
The following criteria are used to choose scholarship winners:
• Academic standing
• Exhibited initiative and involvement in school and community events
• Work History
• A reflective essay and succinct response to the question.
Priority will be granted to applicants who exhibit the greatest levels of financial need in keeping with the Institute’s and Cory’s dedication to promoting equality of opportunity.
A recommendation letter and a college transcript are requirements for finalists; these, along with the previously submitted application materials, will be used to determine who will receive the scholarship.
The Guttmacher Institute chooses the award recipient(s). All candidates concur to accept the judgment as final.
The sponsor alone determines a program’s eligibility, and the evaluation team at Scholarship America looks over any qualifying applications. Awards are given out regardless of country origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, or any other factor.
Each year, one (1) award in the amount of US $15,000 will be given to each recipient. Awards are only for graduate study and are not renewable.
Decisions will be sent to applicants in July. Those who did not get a scholarship during this cycle may renew the program every year they remain eligible.
THE AWARDING OF SCHOLARSHIPS
For the Guttmacher Institute, Scholarship America manages scholarship payments. Early August marks the time of payment.
Interested persons can now apply here https://www.guttmacher.org/cory-l-richards-memorial-scholarship#