Our work in anti-human trafficking has grown from a student-led awareness project on campus to a position of leadership in the global movement to end modern-day slavery. The CJR works with direct service providers, law enforcement, and other movement leaders — and when we talk to survivors, we keep hearing the same message: they dream of a college education!
We asked ourselves, what if we could offer scholarships? What if we could stand with survivors and support their journey, from victim to survivor to thriver?
This launched the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund, founded with the belief that an education at a Christian university is a critical long-term investment in the empowerment of survivors of human trafficking.
Aside from a deep faith in Christ and a supportive community to surround them, there may be no more important long-term intervention for the rehabilitation of survivors of human trafficking than the loving, academically challenging, and carefully mentored environment of a Christian university education. The Beauty for Ashes Fund positions PLNU as an educational leader in the global movement to end modern-day slavery, and a place of higher learning that stands behind its mission statement, not just for the privileged youth of our culture, but also for the most vulnerable.
The Beauty for Ashes Fund has been established to:
- Support the education of survivors of human trafficking who are pursuing their first bachelor's degree
- Launch many passionate young people into meaningful careers that tackle modern slavery with wisdom and mentorship
- Strengthen the university’s infrastructure to support this level of mentoring
To make the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund viable for the long term — to support the many survivors who long to attend PLNU — we need your help. Your gift (one-time or recurring) is tax deductible.
Applying for the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund
If you are a survivor of human trafficking and are interested in applying for the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund, your first step is to contact our Admissions Office. Upon acceptance to the university, you can apply for the scholarship. At this time, the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship is only available for people who are pursuing their first bachelor's degree. The scholarship can not be used for graduate degrees.
We respect the privacy of your situation but do require a written referral from an approved social service agency, advocate, or law enforcement or government official; a T-visa; or other official documentation. We have a dedicated admissions counselor who will work with you through the process of admissions and answer your questions about the university and the scholarship.
Working with other financial aid, the goal of the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund is to provide full tuition assistance for our accepted students. Scholarship amounts are ultimately determined by the amount of resources available in the fund and are made on an annual basis. For more information about applying to PLNU and the process of obtaining the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship, please contact Sarah Orozco, admissions counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.