NATIONAL SOCIETY OF GENETIC COUNSELORS MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Cultural Competency Scholarship In an effort to increase cultural competency of the membership of the NSGC, the Membership Committee is providing two $500 scholarships (one scholarship program, two awards) to genetic counseling students planning to attend the 2012 NSGC AEC meeting Boston. All applicants must be enrolled in the fall of 2012, in good standing at an accredited genetic counseling training program, and be members of the NSGC or planning to join in 2012. Any second year genetic counseling student interested in cultural competency issues may apply for this scholarship. Applications are due on Friday, September 14, 2012, 12 midnight EDT. No applications submitted after this date will be accepted. Decisions will be made by the last week of September, and, after verifying enrollment, the students will be notified. Official presentation of the awards will be made at the NSGC Annual Education Conference in Boston. The preferred method of submission for applications is via e-mail attachment of a Microsoft Word document to the NSGC Executive Office at email@example.com. Applications may also be faxed or mailed to: NSGC Executive Office Attn: Kathryn Schafer 401 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2200 Chicago IL 60611 Phone: 312-673-5839 Fax: 312-673-6972 If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Schafer at the NSGC Executive Office (contact information listed above). You may also contact the leader of the scholarship working group of the Membership Committee: Matt Tschirgi, MS, CGC at 214.345.2318, or e-mail Matthew.Tschirgi@IntegratedGenetics.com. NATIONAL SOCIETY OF GENETIC COUNSELORS MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Cultural Competency Scholarship Consent to Publish The Membership Committee may want to publish the ideas contained in the submitted essays for the benefit of the NSGC. We are asking for your permission to use your essay. In some cases your ideas may be abstracted and combined with ideas from others. Contributors will be acknowledged by name in the article. You may be contacted as a potential author if your essay is used extensively. Scholarship winners are asked to write an essay in Perspectives in Genetic Counseling in the summer or spring of 2013, depending on the winners’ schedule. Winners will be contacted at the appropriate time to facilitate this. Please mark one of the following statements and sign below: __ I give permission for the ideas in my essay to be used anonymously. __ I give permission for the ideas in my essay to be used with attribution. __ I am willing to be contacted as a potential author of the article. __ I do not want my essay included in the article. __________________________ _______________ Signature Date ** If you are submitting by e-mail, please still indicate your choice and type your name/date. ** NATIONAL SOCIETY OF GENETIC COUNSELORS MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CULTURAL COMPETENCY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION Name: __________________________ Phone: __________________ Address: __________________________ E-mail: __________________ __________________________ __________________________ Current NSGC member? ____ (y/n) Plan to join in 2013? ___ (y/n) Please indicate the genetic counseling program you are enrolled in: _______________________________________________________________________ Program Director: Please sign below to verify that, to the best of your knowledge, you expect this student to be enrolled in the GC program indicated above in the fall of 2012. If the student is submitting their application through e-mail, please send your verification directly to the NSGC Executive Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax: 312-673-6972. Signature: ____________________________________ Date: ____________ Cultural Competency Scholarship Cultural competency is the ability to effectively work across culture and is not limited to age, race, class, gender, or sexual orientation. It is an evolving process in which an organization incorporates practices, policies, and training opportunities into the daily life of the organization. These mechanisms foster the continual learning of its members and help the organization become more respectful, effective and appropriate to a diverse membership. To the individual member within the organization, cultural competency refers to actively learning about and effectively communicating and working respectfully with people who are different from them. Please answer the following question in 1000 words or less: 1) Why do you think cultural competency is an important issue for the field of genetic counseling? 2) What strategies do you recommend to improve the level of cultural competency among current genetic counselors? 3) Also what strategies would you recommend to attract and retain students, especially those from underrepresented populations, into the field of genetic counseling? 4) How do you envision contributing to these strategies? ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 Review Process Please consider the following when writing your essay: All four questions are weighed equally to determine score. Scores may be penalized for improper punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Any essay greater than 1000 words will NOT be considered. Essay content must be original work by the scholarship applicant.
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