Ascent Student Loans Launches New Scholarship for Students Focused on Supporting Social Causes

Ascent | July 16, 2020

Ascent Student Loans Launches New Scholarship for Students Focused on Supporting Social Causes
Ascent Funding, LLC (Ascent Student Loans and Skills Fund), an award-winning education finance company, announced today's launch of a new $1,000 monthly, no-essay scholarship opportunity for students focused on supporting social causes that motivate them. Students can enter on AscentStudentLoans/SocialCauseScholarship by sharing on social media how they influence positive social changes in their local community and beyond. "Students are among the biggest demographic supporting social change movements by joining peaceful protests, signing petitions, making donations, showing up to the voting polls, and sharing resources on their social media platforms," said Kim McNealy, Chief Marketing Officer of Ascent. "Our students are showing up, and now it is time for us to do our part – promoting and rewarding the positive changes they want to see in the world." For Ascent's first monthly $1,000 social cause scholarship giveaway, students are asked to share a resource on one of their social media platforms to support the fight against racism. After the winner is randomly selected on August 15th, a new social cause scholarship task will launch. (You do not need to have an Ascent or Skills Fund loan to participate, but you must be 18+ and a U.S. citizen).

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With that equity-focused ideology underpinning CBL, the environment is ripe to incorporate culturally responsive curriculum. Chris Sturgis, formerly of Competency Works, recently wrote, “There are so many practices that are valuable in culturally responsive education that are either the same or similar enough to make personalized learning become a catalyst for racial equity.”

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Udemy | December 07, 2021

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With that equity-focused ideology underpinning CBL, the environment is ripe to incorporate culturally responsive curriculum. Chris Sturgis, formerly of Competency Works, recently wrote, “There are so many practices that are valuable in culturally responsive education that are either the same or similar enough to make personalized learning become a catalyst for racial equity.”