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Rancho Grande announces new scholarship fund for Ojai residents to promote the well being of animals.

A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school student who demonstrates a passion for the welfare of animals

Ojai, CA – Alex Murad, director of animal welfare at Rancho Grande, today announced the formation of the Rancho Grande Scholarship Fund on Behalf of Animals. The fund will provide an annual award of $5,000 in tuition assistance or other school expenses to the winner of a 500 word essay on the importance of protecting the rights and welfare of animals.

The first award will be made in June 2019 for the 2019-20 school year. In its first year, the award will be restricted to Ojai residents that will be attending the Besant Hill School because of its small size, well-rounded and – respected reputation, and its willingness to create opportunities for all of its students to engage with Rancho Grande in on-site educational opportunities. In future years, the program may be expanded to other private high schools. Applications are due no later than July 1, 2019.  Applications can be emailed to GM@ranchogrande.com. In the event no Ojai residents submit applications the scholarship will be opened to residents of other communities.

“With this scholarship, we seek to increase student interest in and commitment to animal rights and animal welfare,” Murad said. “The scholarship recipient will share Rancho Grande’s passionate commitment to animal well being and strive to become educated ways to improve animal welfare, including giving a voice to those who have none,” he said. The winning applicant’s essay will explain the writer’s thoughts on animal care and describe what enhancing the well being of animals means to them.

Murad notes that the very minimum of accepted care established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) ensures that an animal is healthy, comfortable, well-nourished, safe, able to express its innate behavior, and not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, and distress. “However, we believe that animal welfare also requires an acknowledgement that the quality of animal life is a human responsibility. That’s why at Rancho Grande we are continually looking for ways to educate and encourage all humans to adopt an even higher standard of care. The successful applicant will do the same.”

About Rancho Grande

Rancho Grande is a unique, 200-acre, off-grid, sustainable preserve located in a secluded and private valley 3,500 feet above sea level. Completely surrounded by the mountains of the Los Padres National Forest, Rancho Grande is home to historic, century-old log cabins that still provide shelter, rolling hills covered in mature oak, bay, and pine trees, running creeks, and lakes naturally stocked with local fish and turtles. Rancho Grande is also home to an eclectic family of alpacas, goats, lambs, chickens, horses, cows, parrots, pigs, dogs, cats and humans, all of whom live in peace with the forest, the surrounding communities and the abundant natural wildlife that also make Rancho Grande their home.

About Besant Hill School

The Happy Valley School was founded in Ojai, California, in 1946. Now known as Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, it is a small boarding school with a philosophy that remains true to the vision of its founders: an environment that encourages the fullest development of student potential is one that affords the opportunity to explore creative as well as intellectual abilities. Accordingly, the mission of Besant Hill School is to develop each student’s intellectual and artistic abilities. We further believe that a school with a global community cultivates intercultural understanding and promotes world peace. Through awakening the spirit of inquiry, we encourage students to pursue integrity and excellence, develop a lifelong habit and love of learning, as is embodied in the school’s motto, Aun Aprendo—I am still learning.  For more information, contact Kristen Kaschub, M.Ed., Director of Advancement and External Affairs, kkaschub@besanthill.org, (805) 646.4343 ext 142.

Rancho Grande Scholarship Requirements

  1. The applicant must be a resident of Ojai, California.
  2. Schedule a visit to campus. Tour and interview with an admission associate. This visit is for both parents and student and should take approximately 1.5 hours.
  3. Complete the Besant Hill Application
  4. Applicants should submit a 500-word essay outlining, in their words, how they embody the values of the scholarship regarding the welfare of animals. Submissions must be emailed to admissions@besanthill.org at the time of admission application to be considered.
  5. Consider the option to apply for need-based/additional financial aid. In addition to the “Rancho Grande Scholarship,” Besant Hill provides more than $500,000 in need-based financial aid to students each year. Interested families can go online to sss.nais.org and complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). The entire process is confidential.