by Stella Hull-Lampkin
It is hard to believe that we started offering scholarships three years ago. The program was a dream of BASI Founder, Rael Isacowitz. Kathy Grant was a close friend and collaborator of BASI Pilates as well as an honorary member of the BASI Pilates Faculty. “Kathy was a true guide and mentor,” Rael said. “She helped me establish BASI Pilates, today a leading Pilates education organization.”
Since its inception in 2011, we have received over 200 applications for the Comprehensive and Mentor Program Scholarships. The scholarship was designed to assist with tuition by either partial (CTTC) or full (Mentor Program). Each year the decision gets more and more difficult, as we share the personal and professional journeys of each applicant.
Once an application is received and completed it goes through several rounds of reviews. They are graded on their essay and letters of recommendation. The final phase is an interview to get to know the prospective candidate better followed by another meeting of the committee for final decision.
Congratulations to the 2014 Kathy Grant Memorial Scholarship Recipients!
Comprehensive Teacher Training Course Recipients
Edi is Brazilian and moved permanently to the US in 2012. She completed the Mat Pilates program and received her teaching certificate in 2013.
“I am more than grateful for and thrilled with the opportunity of receiving the prestigious Kathy Grant Memorial scholarship! Thankful for all the help and confidence I have received from the BASI family…”
Athleticism and artistry have always been apart of Shakir’s life. Born in Portland, Oregon, Shakir received a BS in Business Management and marketing.
“I feel very honored to be awarded the Scholarship and to be accepted into the BASI CTTC program. I am excited to begin my personal and professional journey at BASI, to meet and learn from the faculty and hopefully have the opportunity to meet Rael and see him demonstrate the “Squirrel.”
Charis Cook is a certified personal trainer. She also works as group fitness and Mat Pilates instructor. Her Pilates practice began in an effort to rehabilitate overuse injuries she sustained as distance runner. She is passionate about physical fitness and loves to share her enthusiasm for all things active with both friends and clients.
“Receiving the Kathy Grant Memorial Scholarship is tremendous honor, not only for having stood out to an organization that I respect so much and hold in the highest regard, but also because I am eager to become a Pilates professional and change people’s loves. It’s a privilege to be able to do this with the support and education of BASI.
Mentor Program Recipients
Marie- Josée Packwood
A true Pilates enthusiast. Marie- Josée discovered Pilates in 2004 through dance. She holds Bachelors in Dance Education from l’Univeristé du Québec à Montréal. Curious and full of enthusiasm, she is constantly perfecting her knowledge of the method and of the human body in motion.
“I am so grateful and honored to receive this scholarship. I guess dreams really can come true…I accept this scholarship in honor of Mrs. Kathy Grant to commemorate her life’s devotion to the work and in hope of carrying on the true values of BASI Pilates through he guidance of Rael Isacowitz, my Mentor an Master.”
Karen began dancing at age four, and has trained extensively in all dance styles. She has taught dance for the past 16 years for the Academy of the Arts Program in Dance at Fullerton Union High School. Karen has a B.A. in English, minor in dance and a Master of Arts in Education, all from Chapman University. She is a graduate of the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Program.
“I am so honored and grateful to have received a scholarship in Kathy Grant’s name to participate in the Mentor Program. She was a dancer, choreographer and Pilates teacher (like me), and I can only hope to follow in her footsteps.
Be on the look out for future blogs as the recipients will be sharing their professional journey and experiences with us throughout the year.
The 2015 application process will begin in July so stay tuned to learn more!