The host of the most popular cannabis business podcast in the world wants to financially assist interested students in studying the world of marijuana. This week Matthew Kind, the entrepreneur behind the podcast “CannaInsider,” announced he was establishing a new podcast to help traditional university students pivot toward cannabis education programs.
Called the CannaInsider Cannabis Education Scholarship, Kind is targeting “educational industrial complex” with the inaugural scholarship. According to a press release, it will be awarded to the student or students who “best demonstrates the passion, curiosity and commitment for cannabis necessary for success in this historic, blossoming industry.”
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This transformative industry is attracting more and more people who not only are enthusiastic about cannabis, but who have the skills necessary to move the industry in the right direction,” Kind said. “But the need for talented leaders in the fastest-growing industry in America is outpacing the cultivation of people with the skills and drive to flourish […] We hope to quicken the pace of career development, and to shepherd people into this booming industry at a faster rate.”
Those awarded will receive $3,000 during the first quarter of 2018. Though in comparison to traditional university rates that might not sound like much, the scholarship will go a long way within the cannabis community. For example, at Oaksterdam University in California, a full semester costs $1,295. That cost includes 14 weeks of training in cannabis fields related to business, economics, law, history, and science.
Applicants must show they are enrolled in a traditional two-year or four-year institution. Recipients do not need to drop out, though they must enroll in a self-selected cannabis education program and finish their course work by June 15, 2018. To apply, you must subit a 500-word essay that details your passion for cannabis, including why you are seeking a cannabis education.
You can find the application on the CannaInsider website or by clicking here.