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Pathway of the Essene's 
| Youth Education Support|

Youth Scholarships 

Pathway of the Essene sees the enormous value of investing in our youth and investing in the future.

We are excited to announce our Scholarship program for local community members  seeking enrichment that aligns with Pathway values and beliefs.


We collect donations and fundraise to offer youth and adults financial support to achieve their goals. 

This is a 501(c)3 tax-deductible opportunity for those interested in being instrumental in the lives of those seeking education for natural and nature-based learning. When you donate to Pathways Scholarship & Grant Fund, you are making bold and inspiring move to enable seekers to learn more about the natural world and the natural connection that has on the human spirit. You are the Shepard for these lucky individuals. 

If you are a family seeking a scholarship for your child for a Nature-based program or an adult seeking a grant in a nature based program, please fill out an application anytime. 



Youth Scholarships are awarded August 1st of every year, and the adult education grants are per basis, reviewed quarterly. 


We can only offer as much as we receive, some years may be more funds available than others, but we will strive to always be able to offer the youth enrichment scholarships consistantly. 

Youth Program 

The administration at Pathway of the Essenes has taken upon themselves the monumental task to review youth programs for quality, standards, and content. We have a Accreditation Commission that solely is responsible for processing applications for accreditation. We serve the zip codes of 56474, 56655, 56672. Our initial on-site visit is limited to summer and fall months. 

Our Accreditation process is open once a year and applicants must keep an up-to-date account to continue their status.

We currently offer review of:

  • Supplemental Education Programs

  • Nature-Based Programs

  • Alternative Learning Modules

  • Enrichment Programs

A one-time POE Accreditation Application Fee of $300 is due at time of initial application submission. 

Yearly membership fee of $150 is due each September to remain in accredited through our service. 

POE Accreditation Steps for
Supplementary Education Programs
Step 1. Complete and Submit POE Accreditation Application
Submit the nonrefundable $300.00 application via PayPal or check. 
The POE Application and additional information are available HERE. If you have any questions regarding the
accreditation process, please feel free to contact us.
Step 2. Complete and Submit the Initial Visit Description Report
The completed POE Application will be reviewed to determine whether the program is eligible for POE accreditation. Eligible You will then be sent an Initial Visit Description Report to complete.
Once approved, the administration of the program will be provided access to the POE Accreditation Member page which will provide initial visit materials and the initial visit report template for completion. 
Step 3. Initial Visit Fee
An initial visit will be scheduled, and the administration of your program will be notified of an Initial Visit fee, if any is determined. 
Step 4. On-site Initial Visit
A mutually acceptable date for the visit will be selected by the program administrator and the chairperson of the visiting
committee. A visiting committee will be sent to review the information contained in the Description
Report and to gather additional information.
Step 5. Commission Action
The visiting committee member will provide a report and recommendation to the POE Accreditation Commission. The
Commission will make a final determination whether to grant Initial Accreditation, Candidacy for Accreditation, or
to withhold POE accreditation.
Step 6. Notification
The Commission meets once a year in August. The program administrator will be notified in writing of the
Commission’s action and will receive a copy of the visiting committee report. Programs are required to pay POE membership fees for the year in which they are granted initial or candidacy status and every year thereafter.

Step 7. Changes or Re-Evaluations

If a program changes procedure or materials that changes outcomes submitted to the POE Committee, a revised addendum must be submitted and the POE Committee will determine if re-application is necessary. 

Each program that is granted POE Accreditation will be able to take advantage of POE Committee resources, training, and yearly workshop. 

A seal of Accreditation will be included in acceptance awards for website use. 

For an application, please submit a request here. 

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