NaBITA provides two $1500 research awards annually, given to those creating new and innovative research in the field of threat assessment and behavioral intervention. More information on each scholarship, including eligibility and how to apply, can be found below.

John Meadows Future PreK-12 Leader Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of the late John Meadows, who left an impression on everyone he met. John was a scholar, a teacher, a mentor, and a friend, as well as a student of Advisory Board member Lisa Kovach, Ph.D. and Executive Director, Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D. Though he passed away unexpectedly the last day of 2018, he lives on in spirit. This year would have been the first time he attended the NaBITA Conference, and he was looking forward to co-presenting with his advisor and friend, Lisa Kovach. As fate would allow, he won’t be able to join us, so it is important that all John had left to give will be passed on to someone of his character.

The last Facebook post written by John read, “It starts with a vision of change. For me, schools need to create learning environments that provide stability and support in an integrated fashion (e.g., administrative leadership, professional development, teaching strategies, discipline policies, extracurricular components, mental health linkage, etc…). All of these moving parts need to be anchored to one another, not independent of each other. There is no place for a silo mentality. The only thing a silo mentality is good for is the ability to create barriers. Due to funding, time, and resources, it is even more imperative we all work together to assist “our” youth. I stand firm with “where you place your focus will always determine your reality…”

PreK-12 Teams

Early identification and intervention is key to preventing intrapersonal and interpersonal violence. It is imperative that PreK-12 schools provide a welcoming environment open to reporting behaviors of concern and willing to rehabilitate those whose suffering has led to thoughts of violence. It is clear from themes in letters found after a suicide and in post-shooting manifestos that a lifetime of alienation, isolation, and injustice are key contributors.

Eligibility

Current or future scholars or practitioners in PreK-12 are encouraged to apply. The recipient will be responsible for creating or improving upon a BIT or CARE Team within the school district, using NaBITA best practices as a guide.

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply is December 30, 2019. Applications will be reviewed in January 2020 and the awardee(s) will be notified February 3, 2020.

Award

The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis. Scholarship winner(s) will receive a one-time award, up to $1,500. This is a one-time only award to ensure growth of future leaders through the years.

How to Apply

Submit the application materials, including a 500 – 800 word description of the district’s demographics, evidence of your ongoing commitment to PreK-12, and rationale for creating a BIT/CARE Team in general and within your district. Please email these to Dr. Lisa Kovach at lisa.kovach@utoledo.edu.

 

The Seth Burklund Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Seth Burklund of San Diego, California. Seth was 18 years old when he died by suicide. Seth was known by many as a best friend. His beautiful, bright smile belied his long time struggle with depression. Seth’s friendship to others, generosity of spirit, and strong heart will be his legacy.

The Transgender Community

While the visibility of transgender people is increasing, transgender people face severe discrimination, stigma, and systemic inequality. Specific issues facing the transgender community include lack of legal protection, barriers to healthcare, identity documents, poverty, harassment, stigma, and anti-transgender violence (HRC, 2019). This can make it difficult for transgender people to cope. A study conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (2018) showed alarming rates of suicidality among transgender teens – between 30, 40, and 50% (for transgender females, non-binary, and males, respectively).

Eligibility

Applicants to the Seth Burklund Memorial Scholarship are scholars or practitioners who will produce a journal article, conduct research, or develop a program in the field of transgender issues in behavioral intervention, education, healthcare, or mental health.

Deadline to Apply

The deadline to apply is December 30, 2019. Applications will be reviewed in January 2020 and the awardee(s) will be notified February 3, 2020.

Award

The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis. Scholarship winner(s) will receive a one-time award, up to $1,500.

How to Apply

Submit the application materials, including a 500-800 word description of your journal article, research, or program in the field of transgender issues in behavioral intervention, education, healthcare, or mental health. Student researchers are encouraged to apply. Please submit all materials to Poppy Fitch at poppyfitch@gmail.com and Vanessa Denino at vpdenino@gmail.com.

To aid in the application process, we have included the following rubric to help applicants better understand the decision-making process.

Questions can be directed to our team at info@nabita.org.