Scholarship Program

scholarship-programme

The Santosha Scholarship is awarded three times per calendar year to a qualified candidate for study in a Santosha Yoga Teacher Training.

The Scholarship is awarded to those who are dedicated yoga students from developing countries with a:
– demonstrated financial need
– desire to leverage the yoga teacher training to serve a community in need
– previous history and experience in serving your community

Santosha founder Sunny Richards has been profoundly influenced by her teachers and students and continues to be inspired by the many talented individuals who make teaching yoga a career. The scholarship is a part of our broader effort to enrich the yoga community and make yoga accessible to all.

Why Are Scholarships Offered?

Santosha is committed to keeping our fees as low as possible, but recognizes that the fees may still be unattainable for many. Therefore, Santosha does not want the cost of training to be included in the selection criteria for such people who truly have a desire to become a yoga teacher. Yoga is for everyone, rich or poor, and at Santosha we feel we have a duty to those who face difficult economic situations and are planning to give back to their community after completing their training.

Full Scholarship

Full Santosha Scholarships will be issued through an application process. Santosha believes in supporting the local communities and those who are genuine in their application and intention to contribute to their community upon graduation.

This scholarship includes the full cost of a selected YTT only.

All scholarship students will be required to produce a blog post and/ or short video diary for Santosha of their time on the training.

** The associated costs, i.e. accommodation, airfares, meals, YTT Training manual and non-refundable $350 AU deposit are to be paid by the recipient.

The chosen applicant will be informed as to which YTT he/she can attend via email. Preferences as to the preferred YTT will be considered.

Full Scholarship – Application Process

If you would like to apply for a scholarship exchange in return for the course fees, please email us through:

– demonstrated evidence of financial hardship and needs
– areas in which you are already assisting in your local community and the world
– proposal of how you plan to utilize your yoga certification to contribute to your community
– any links or articles supporting the above

Catherine Shaw Santosha Scholarship

This scholarship is offered annually on December 1st in memory of Catherine Shaw and has been created in conjunction with her friends from the June 2016 Santosha group to honour the memory of this very special soul.

“Catherine or Cat as she was known to us ‘Santosha Yogis’ loved life and lived it more than most, she wasn’t afraid of the unknown; she described herself as a working piece of art, always changing and evolving, an eclectic mix of bright colours, soft brush strokes and infinite doodles of creativity.

She loved the world around her and the people in it; she loved festivals, dancing, nature, wildlife, sunshine and rain fall, she loved it all and so much more whole heartedly.” 

Cat was much loved by her Santosha friends. To honour Cat’s memory and continue her legacy of joy and abundance, Santosha and the June 2016 group have created the Catherine Shaw Scholarship.

This annual scholarship is for those who share Cat’s spirit – making the world a better place by spreading love, light, laughter and a little sparkle.

Catherine Shaw Scholarship – Application Process

If you would like to apply for the Catherine Shaw scholarship exchange in return for the course fees, please email us through outlining:

– areas in which you are assisting in your local community and the world
– how you plan to utilize your yoga certification to contribute to the world
– any links or articles supporting the above

Cat’s legacy of bringing joy to others will live on in those who are gifted this experience through her memorial scholarship. Her abundance and love continues to touch the world.

Please take the time to read about Cat in the words of her classmates and friends, and to reflect upon the impact her incredible personality and generosity of spirit had on the those around her and the world.

“Be wild and free; forget taking too seriously what the universe made for fun’” ~ Catherine Shaw

“Travel on and travel well dear friend and we will feel you each and every time there is a warm glow, a soft delicate shadow, we will look and we will know you are happy in the places where you go” ~ Lizzie Petrie, Santosha June 2016 group

Yoga is for everyone, rich or poor. Cat knew the value of being rich in experiences. Completing a yoga teacher training course can change lives for many, including the people who further benefit from the teaching once someone is qualified. In this way the legacy of Cat’s generous spirit will continue to touch people all around the world.

** The associated costs, i.e. accommodation, airfares, meals, YTT Training manual and non-refundable $350 AU deposit are to be paid by the recipient.

Applicants are welcome to use crowd funding for additional support for flights, food etc. -and we can provide confirmation of their Scholarship place on the course to assist with this process.

The chosen applicant will be informed as to which YTT he/she can attend via email. Preferences as to the preferred YTT will be considered so please include in your entry.

Scholarship Skills Exchange Program – Media/ Photography/ Videography Skills

The Santosha Scholarship Exchange is open to those who have proven professional skill sets that could be offered in exchange for the cost of their training. If your area of professional expertise is in photography, media, videography or PR then there may be an opportunity for us to create a mutually supportive exchange agreement.

Please contact us, including relevant links and portfolio if this is of interest to you.

Students who apply with a proposal for suggested project or ideas for projects they would undertake for us will be highly regarded! Let us know what you can offer 🙂

**The associated costs, i.e. accommodation, airfares, meals, YTT Training manual and non-refundable deposit ($350.00) are to be paid by the recipient.

The chosen applicant will be informed as to which YTT he/she can attend via email. Preferences as to the preferred YTT will be considered – please include in your application.

Scholarship Exchange – Application Process

If you would like to apply for a scholarship exchange in return for the course fees, please email us through:

– areas you are interested in contributing (please note we do not need teachers)
– relevant skills and experience in this area
– portfolio link or web gallery
– proposal of work
– photographers/ video-graphers – please supply a portfolio or website to demonstrate your previous work experience
– dates you would be available to complete this work (must be prior to the training you plan to join)

Some examples of skills which would be highly regarded:
– videography, professional photography (please provide portfolio link)
– e-commerce skills

​Please email [email protected] and cc: [email protected] with your exchange application.

Part Scholarship

The Santosha Part Scholarship is open to anyone who is making a significant difference in the world by helping others and does not have the financial backing to pay the full cost of a YTT. The Part Scholarship is $600 AUD off the YTT fee. This scholarship is awarded ten times a year to successful applicants. Applicants must be genuine in their application, not those who simply have chosen not to work while still maintaining the ability to earn a good living!

**The associated costs, i.e. accommodation, airfares, meals, YTT Training manual and non-refundable deposit ($350.00) are to be paid by the recipient.

The chosen applicant will be informed as to which YTT he/she can attend via email. Preferences as to the preferred YTT will be considered.

Application Process

Applications are accepted from the date of opening of registration for each YTT. We only accept a maximum of 30 applications for each YTT, so this is a “first come-first served” basis.

Email us a motivation letter, describing:

  • why you are interested in yoga teacher training with Santosha
  • how you will support the local community you will teach in once graduated
  • why you should receive a scholarship with Santosha
  • how you will cover the additional costs to join us in Bali

The motivation letter is the only compulsory document to apply, but you are encouraged to attach any other document, hyperlinks, videos, photos, media coverage, etc. to demonstrate your interest and the genuineness of your financial situation.

Expectations

The recipient must be willing to collaborate with Santosha to share their teacher training experience and commit to keep the price of their teaching accessible.

The recipient is to pay a non-refundable deposit of $350.00 AU to secure their position.

The recipient is responsible for arranging and covering costs of their accommodation.

The recipient is to print their own manuals. Please see further instructions in the student login section (you will receive an email with a password for this).

For any questions regarding the scholarship, please email [email protected]edu.au

If you are selected to receive a scholarship we will contact you via email.

Deadlines

Completed applications may be submitted throughout the year to be considered for an upcoming YTT. We will do our best to process all applications and respond quickly. The award recipient(s) will be notified at the latest one month prior to the YTT. Due to the amount of students applying, we cannot give feedback to uncompleted applications. Thank you for your understanding.

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