Providers’ Council Foreign-Born Leader Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The Providers’ Council is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for its new Foreign-Born Leader Scholarship. The scholarship seeks to support one dedicated human services employee with $5,000 towards their graduate education.

The scholarship is a one-time award for a foreign-born Council member employee who is entering or is currently enrolled in a master’s degree program based in Massachusetts. Most accredited master’s programs are eligible, provided the applicant demonstrates in their personal statement how the program is clearly related to their future contributions to the human services sector.


Candidate Requirements

  • Candidate’s place of birth must be outside of the United States;
  • Candidate must be an employee of a Providers’ Council member agency in good standing;
  • Candidate must have worked at their agency for at least one year;
  • Candidate must currently be working at least 30 hours a week;
  • Candidate must already hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university;
  • Candidate must show through their resumes, personal statements and references, a commitment to the human services sector;
  • If newly applying for graduate school, the candidate must show evidence of acceptance by an accredited Massachusetts-based graduate school, such as an acceptance letter; and
  • If the candidate has already completed a portion of their graduate education, they must submit an official transcript from the accredited Massachusetts-based school in which they are currently enrolled, demonstrating the earning of credit grades in all courses officially graded by the time of application.


Application Components

Completed applications must include the following:

  • Completed and signed application form;
  • Resume;
  • A personal statement 2-3 pages (double-spaced) on how a graduate education will help you achieve your personal career goals and further contribute to human services;
  • A statement of financial need on how this scholarship affects your ability to attend graduate school;
  • Two letters of professional and/or academic recommendation;
    • At least one letter of recommendation must come from the applicant’s supervisor discussing the candidate’s commitment to the field of human services, the contributions the candidate has made to their agency, and their potential to assume a leadership position within the agency.
  • An official transcript from your undergraduate degree program; and
  • Your letter of acceptance to a graduate degree program at a Massachusetts college or university or your official transcript from the Massachusetts school where you are currently a student.


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