Beginning Wednesday, March 27, 2019, survivors of domestic violence can apply to receive up to $2,000 from the 2019 Cycle for Change Scholarship Program.
El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal explained that “the scholarship monies may be used to pay for costs associated with furthering one’s education or for therapeutic services, or any activity that a survivor can articulate will help her in guaranteeing she will never be a victim of domestic violence again.”
“It is very important for the public to know that all Cycle for Change scholarships are gift scholarships and do not have to be repaid,” Bernal concluded.
The program started 6 years ago with the goal of providing domestic violence survivors with financial assistance to support them in their effort to break the cycle of violence.
To be eligible for the scholarship the applicant must be a primary survivor of intimate partner domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking; reside in the El Paso County (regardless of immigration status), and submit an application before April 26, 2019.
All applicants must submit a personal statement of no more than 1,500 words, outlining their journey as a domestic violence survivor, the intended purpose of the scholarship, and how the scholarship would promote their personal growth and/or self-esteem. The personal statement may be in the applicant’s preferred language.
The Cycle for Change program is a collaborative between the County Attorney’s Office and the shelter Villa Maria. All the funds for the scholarship program are raised in a yearly cycling event held in the month of October at Gallegos Park.
For complete details about the scholarships, or to apply for the money, please visit their webpage.