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Scholarship Application Open


The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund board of trustees is pleased to announce that our online application is available for student activists who are organizing for radical social change and building progressive movements on campus and in community. The Fund seeks to support people working toward self-determination for all oppressed people whose work is characterized by an opposition to capitalism, racism/white supremacy, hetero patriarchy and gender-based violence, environmental exploitation and/or other forms of systemic harm and oppression. International solidarity that challenges US imperialism around the globe is also highly considered.

We value the labor and leadership that it takes to sustain and grow movements. There are people who do more public-facing work, and others who work behind the scenes to make actions and meetings possible. Others do the necessary and important work of team building and conflict transformation within groups. All these, and more, are crucial and valuable components of what it means to sustain movements through the ebb and flow of our current political climate. We want to find people who are inspired to and willing to commit to this work over the long haul, who are committed to their own individual growth and development, and that of the larger movement.

DPSF seeks to support the development of active and emerging movement leaders, as well as seasoned movement leaders. The Fund recognizes that not everyone has access to the same resources and networks and particularly encourages folks from under-resourced regions, those in rural communities, and students outside of major cities to apply. Applications are welcome from student activists who are leading social change work on the margins of traditional/mainstream movement activism, and we strongly consider applicants who may not have access to other financial support for the radical work they are holding.

Our website provides answers to questions about the Fund, the application process, and the students we support. If you know of students working for peace and justice, or if you have a list of activist contacts, please send this announcement along and refer potential applicants to the Fund’s website: From there, the applicant will be directed to the online application page and asked to register an account with name and email.

Since 1961 the Davis-Putter Fund has provided need-based grants to both graduates and undergraduates enrolled in accredited schools/programs for the period covered by their grant - trade school or certification programs will also be considered. Although citizenship is not a consideration, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited program in the US during the 2023/24 academic year in order to qualify. International students coming to the US for study only are rarely funded, but will be considered if all other eligibility requirements are met.

The maximum grant is $15,000 and may be considerably smaller depending on the applicant's circumstances and the funding available. All the funds come from individual donors and there are 25-30 grants awarded each year. Grants are for one year although students may re-apply for subsequent years.

An online application must be submitted by April 1, 2023 along with a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, transcripts and financial information by April 1. Incarcerated applicants may request a paper application. Those selected to receive a grant will be notified in July.

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