Readily Available Scholarships
Created by a Cooperative Coalition
At the Insititute of Global Education, a special NGO consultant
to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, for Earth
Day and Earth Year April 22, 2002-2003 a group of individuals
and not-for-profit organizations have established a cooperative
scholarship program. Its purpose is to make a unique, intercultural,
Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) readily available to
the public. NSTP enables people to increase personal and environmental
wellness through thoughtful contacts with natural systems within
and around them.
The coalition has formed because
its members deeply care about building responsible relationships
to preserve the integrity of humanity and ecosystems. It says
that the need for affordable education that reverses our destructive
ways with each other and the environment can be met through cooperation
and NSTP. NSTP helps people discover how Nature cooperatively
maintains its unpolluted integrity while nurturing diversity.
NSTP provides distant learning,
sensory education. Its online activities and readings enable
people to make genuine contact with natural systems. Students
learn directly from the intelligent support of their origins
and spirit in Nature, as well as from each other and mentors
The scholarships make NSTP
distant education, research and degrees affordable for qualified
applicants while the program helps students learn how to implement
cost effective cooperative education. Scholarships funds are
also generated by donations from IGE alumni and other interested
The program's director, Dr.
Michael Cohen, author of "Reconnecting With Nature,"
says, "The IGE program is for students who respect Nature
and want to help bring Earth, humanity and themselves in a balance.
To this end they cooperatively share their skills, knowledge
and energies to the program's educational, counseling and administrative
functions." The program is available in cooperation with
the online, distant learning centers of advanced thinking universities.
Many of the IGE students are
accomplished, mid-career, professionals from a wide variety of
occupations. They learn, use and teach NSTP as an environmentally
and socially responsible component to their work and thereby
contribute to contemporary people living sustainably.
Much of the knowledge and teaching
in the program is free since it is provided by genuine contact
with Earth and its natural systems within and around us. Researching
and facilitating NSTP is learned and practiced as part of the
degree program course work. This makes the program more self-supporting
and helps reduce tuitions.
Scholarship information is
available at http://www.scholarshipdegrees.org/applicants.html.
The program is described at http://www.scholarshipdegrees.org/