What is the Pay-it-forward scheme?
The Pay-it-forward scheme enables anyone who has found my work beneficial to contribute towards a Scholarship Fund which pays for another student's place on a course in my online school. Contributions help cover the costs associated with producing, hosting and delivering online teaching. The pay-it-forward scheme means I can make my work available to people who would otherwise be unable to access it because of cost.
Who can apply?
The Scholarship Fund is intended for members of under-served and under-represented communities such as BIPOC (BAME in the UK); disabled people and members of the LGBTQI+ community, who are on low or limited incomes.
I will never ask anyone who is applying for scholarship in the KNITSONIK school to justify or explain their application; the Scholarship Fund is run on trust.
I will match-fund all donations by making scholarship places 50% of the full cost and will cover all the costs associated with managing this scheme, such as PayPal and Stripe transaction fees. To contribute to the fund, visit this listing in my online shop and choose the quantity of £1s you'd like to pay forward either as a standalone transaction or as part of an order.
The individual names of contributors and recipients are completely confidential and will never be published anywhere.
The KNITSONIK Scholarship Fund is an experiment in trust, community and equity. Course places are awarded quarterly, on a first-come-first-served basis. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].
Totals from 2020 - January 2021
In 2020, 35 people collectively contributed £591 to the fund. A massive Thank You to everyone who created this fund, making this scheme possible.
To date, that scholarship fund has been used to offer places to 35 students wishing to undertake the KNITSONIK Bullet Journaling Course through the Pay-it-forward scheme.
Running this fund involves new learning for me; what I've found is that sometimes after initial interest, someone enrolled in the scheme either wanders away or abandons the course completely; in this case, the place is awarded to a new applicant, so that the place which has been sponsored by the community is indeed used - and useful. That is why the number of places awarded is greater than the number of places so far covered by the fund.
To apply to the Scholarship Fund
Applications to this Scholarship Fund are invited from members of under-served and under-represented communities such as BIPOC (BAME in the UK); disabled people and members of the LGBTQI+ community, who are on low or limited incomes. To register your interest in being a recipient of the Scholarship Fund and gaining a place on the next run of the KNITSONIK Bullet Journaling Course (to run through July - August 2020) please add your email, your country of residence and your name to this form (which is also embedded below).