Down Country Application

Applications for the 2016/17 year are CLOSED 

2018 Applications will OPEN

September 14, 2017 thru November 1, 2017

2018 Recipients will be announced January 13, 2018 at Down Country's Rhinestone & Rodeo Art Auction & Dance at The Ambiance in Quincy, IL - Questions, please refer to the contact information below-Thank you!

Mail Applications to: 

Down County 5028 CR 304 Taylor, MO  63471

or

E-Mail Applications to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Questions:  Call 217-617-3568

2012 I Learn recipients:  Katie Maddox, Mike Vaia, Kent & Reta Richmond, Angie & Zeke Eichor, Chuck & Michell Todd family (Marissa & Mikayla) 

2013 I Learn recipients:  Nicole Schnaffit, John & Jaime Hoerr family, Brad & Abby Henry, Gregg & Jennifer Leftwich family, Andrew & Laura Mays, Katie Dames, Martha Hogge, Dee Friye, Chris & Larinee Dennis family

2014 I Learn recipients:  Katie Stegner, Barb Speckhart, Carla Shank family, Kelle Schlueter, Carrie Noland, Tom & Chancy Rodeghero family, Annette Smith, Andy Flachs, Julie Schuckman

2015 I Learn recipients:  Kayla Carpenter, Tricia Arnsman, Sam & Karen Miller family, Madeline Locke, Sara Locke, Teri Traynor, Trent & Christy Bauer family, Jeff Zanger, Ashlee Wilson

2016 I Learn recipients:  Heather Riney family, Michelle Adams family, Dave & Dana Ludwig family, Ragar & Amanda Stotts family, Crystal Johnson, Sara Barret family, Mary Brown family, Chaka Batley, Alice Arnold

2017 i LEARN REVIEW YEAR

2018 I Learn Recipients to be announced at January 13, 2018  Rhinestones & Rodeo

Download PDF Application Here

 

  Applications are voted on by the Board of Down Country and recipients will be announced at Rhinestones & Rodeo January 13, 2018.  All names and personal information are removed from the applications and Board members rate each question with a score of 1-10 with 10 being highest...The ten applications with the highest scores will fill the slots.  Down Country pays the conference fees, compediums, food allowance, hotel, and one airfare or the gasoline equivalent .  The total scholarship allotment is up to a maximum of  $2000.00.  Once vetted thru the NDSC conference recipients are required to "Pay it Forward" or share the information with the Tri-State community.  Once recipients have paid forward the information they are eligible for up to $2000.00 in conference scholarship money to ANY national conferences approved by the Down Country Board of Directors for the remaining FIVE years so for example this year's attendees provided they pay forward the information they gather at each conference they attend are eligible for a total of up to $10,000.00 in conference fees over a five year time span($2000.00 limit per calendar year)...an attendee is ineligible for future funding if they do not pay forward the information within one year from the conference date...recipients may split the conference scholarship among several national conferences or utilize the funding for one national conference...Down Country handles all booking and conference fee payment for the recipients and conferences must be approved through the Board of Down Country.  

Down Country's 5 Year "I Learn" Plan

1st year individuals/families will be selected by the Down Country Board sent to a nationally recognized conference (National Down Syndrome Conference is the present choice as it supplies 15 ½ hours of Continuing Education credit for professionals) on Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a perfect testing ground for a rural community for an overview of disabilities and disability awareness.

In return these five individuals/families will present a community/professional awareness program sharing what they learned (paying it forward) within the 50 miles radius of need.

2nd year The individuals/families provided they have completed their community awareness program and shared their knowledge will be considered vetted by the Down Country Board and will be eligible for funding for training at a nationally recognized conference/training program in another disability/exceptional ability area. 

Down Country in the second year will choose  individuals/families to attend a nationally recognized conference.

In return the individuals/families will present a community/professional awareness program sharing what they learned (paying it forward) within the 50 miles radius of need.

The  vetted individuals attending specialized training will also be required to present community/professional awareness program (paying it forward) within the 50 miles radius of need.

3rd year The individuals/families provided they have completed their community awareness program and shared their knowledge will be considered vetted by the Down Country Board and will be eligible for funding for training at a nationally recognized conference/training program in another disability/exceptional ability area. 

Down Country in the third year will choose ten more individuals/families to attend a nationally recognized conference.

In return the individuals/families will present a community/professional awareness program sharing what they learned (paying it forward) within the 50 miles radius of need.

The vetted individuals attending specialized training will also be required to present community/professional awareness program (paying it forward) within the 50 miles radius of need.

4th year: The individuals/families provided they have completed their community awareness program and shared their knowledge will be considered vetted by the Down Country Board and will be eligible for funding for training at a nationally recognized conference/training program in another disability/exceptional ability area.  

Down Country in the fourth year will choose more individuals/families to attend a nationally recognized conference.

In return the individuals/families will present a community/professional awareness program sharing what they learned (paying it forward) within the 50 miles radius of need.

The vetted individuals attending specialized training will also be required to present community/professional awareness program (paying it forward) within the 50 miles radius of need.

5th year: year The  individuals/families provided they have completed their community awareness program and shared their knowledge will be considered vetted by the Down Country Board and will be eligible for funding for training at a nationally recognized conference/training program in another disability/exceptional ability area. 

Down Country in the fifth year will choose more individuals/families to attend a nationally recognized conference.

In return the individuals/families will present a community/professional awareness program sharing what they learned (paying it forward) within the 50 miles radius of need.

The vetted individuals attending specialized training will also be required to present community/professional awareness program (paying it forward) within the 50 miles radius of need.

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After the fifth year in the program in order to be eligible for additional funding for training requests individuals/families will need to resubmit for original training because after 5 years in the fast paced medical/educational field, they would no longer be current Currency in training and knowledge is vitally important to Down Country’s mission and the Tri-State  rural community.