Tuesday, January 21, 2014

INA Scholarships for the 2014 INA Conference

Transitions by Marni Kent and details on the 3 INA Conference Scholarships

(The first part of this  article by Marni Kent was previously published in December 2013, but this post includes the specifics of the INA Conference Scholarships for 2014)

Just like many of you, I myself have gone through transitions that have changed my life; personally and professionally.
When things like this happen I suppose the first thing to ask yourself is, what's the situation and why don't you think it can change? Sometimes things feel impossible but that's because we are depressed or too close to the situation to see clearly. There might be a solution if you can talk to someone about it; a friend, family member or someone who has been there like a peer.

Beyond that, how do you stay strong? Well, for most people it's really just a matter of getting through it. Getting up every day, eating, showering, going to work/school/whatever and coming home, sleeping and doing it all over again. That doesn't sound very helpful but that's how it generally is; life keeps going on no matter what and you go along with it and eventually some time has passed and things change or you don't feel as bad anymore. Some people find solace in religion or spirituality, some distract themselves with books and TV and friends, and some people can't enjoy anything so they just feel terrible all the time.
 If you're able to still enjoy things, try to spend as much time doing those things as possible, and wait it out. Nothing stays the same forever.

When I reached out to a friend/ peer when I was going through a difficult time in life (Glenda Propst the owner of Nanny Transitions) she gave me advice that at the moment did not fit all of what I was going through but on down the road it clicked.
Eventually I realized that there are some stages of transition that apply whether the transition is work or personal.
Over the last few years, I have found Nanny Transitions to be an amazing source not just for myself but for sharing with other nannies.
This year I am going to sponsor 3 Scholarships to the 2014 INA Conference.
Two scholarships will go to nannies who have never been to the INA Conference and one will go to a nanny who has attended a previous conference.
The scholarship recipients will be able to choose from 4 different topics to write their essays.

Here are the guidelines for the Nanny Transitions INA Conference Scholarship.


In order to qualify for the Nanny Transitions INA Conference Scholarship, you must meet the following qualifications.

·                     You must be currently working as a nanny at least 24 hours a week.
                      (If you are a nanny in transition, looking for a new position, please let us know)
·                     You must be a member of INA as of February 15, 2014.

You must go to the Nanny Transitions page on Facebook and like the page.

   By submitting this essay you are committing to attend the 2014 INA Annual Conference.

INA Board of Directors, conference speakers and workshop presenters, conference sponsors who receive complimentary registration, the 2013 and 2014 INA Nanny of the Year award recipients are not eligible for this prize.

To Apply

Submit an essay on one of the following topics:

             1)   Motivation is really about your own personal commitment and goals.
             Tell us what motivates you?

      2)      What do other people say are your positive personality traits?
                       Example - I am a go getter, with a proven track record of success.
            3)      What has been your biggest challenge as you have gone through your job transition?
               What has Nanny Transitions helped you learn from it?

             4)       What are you most looking forward to at this years conference?

   Your essay must be at minimum 500-1,000 words. 

(No more than 1,000 and, no less than 500)

 Do not include information in your essay that would identify you, such as the name of your city. We would like to keep the submissions as anonymous as possible.

       Essay must be submitted between Wednesday January 22 and Saturday February 1, 2014                11:59pm EST

        Use spell check and count your words.
        Recipient will be chosen by content and presentation of essay.

There will be 3 Scholarships awarded.

2 scholarships for nannies who have never attended an INA Conference and

 1 for a current nanny member.

Scholarship recipients will be notified via phone and/or  email on Monday, February 3, 2014.

This will give those of you who do not receive a scholarship, time to take advantage of the early bird registration rates.

Previous scholarship recipients do not qualify. 

Essay submissions should be sent to: Nannytransitions@gmail.com

If you have any questions, feel free to email us your questions
before you submit your essay.

INA 29th Annual Conference
March 27-30, 2014
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Los Angeles, CA

               By submitting this essay you are committing to attending the 2014 INA Conference.

You understand that you are responsible for your transportation to and from the conference,
your hotel room and any other expenses incurred at the 2014 INA Conference.

You have discussed this with your employers and
they have agreed to give you the time off to attend the conference.

These scholarships are sponsored by Nanny Transitions and funded completely by a generous donation from Marni Kent, INA’s 2002 Nanny of the Year.

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