Selecting Social Change Leaders
This chapter reviews several scholarship programs that provide access to higher education as a means to strengthen leaders from marginalized communities. First, the chapter examines the strategies employed for goal setting, target group identification, and recruitment. Second, the chapter analyzes the role of effective and efficient outreach processes in informing and attracting candidates from targeted groups and reaffirming candidates’ confidence in the credibility and value of the scholarship opportunity. Best practices for selecting future social change leaders are summarized. Beyond selection, the chapter describes the comprehensive programmatic support required to overcome barriers faced by nontraditional students in higher education settings.
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