Nothing makes Invent@NMU prouder than seeing our clients flourish. We are particularly pleased to share that the Caregiver Incentive Project (CIP) has continued their scholarship program for college students in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Founded by Eric Paad, Caregiver Incentive Project strives to improve the lives of the cared for by educating the public on the caregiver crisis, offering monetary incentives, and providing training for new and existing caregivers. CIP is inspired by Dorothy Paad, Eric’s daughter, for whom he and his wife are in-home caregivers.
Caregiver Incentive Project is a non-profit organization based in Marquette, Michigan with plans to expand nationally. CIP works closely with established agencies that serve disabled individuals, the elderly, medically fragile individuals, and others requiring in-home care.
With the national shortage of caregivers, CIP has made it possible to provide adequate training and opportunity to individuals exploring a career in caregiving. CIP will award a multitude of scholarships valuing $500 and up to students working as caregivers. Through this scholarship program, students will receive $1 for every hour they work as a caregiver.
This incentive makes it possible for college students to work as paid in-home caregivers while still attending school. By providing access to training, CIP will continue its work to combat the shortage of caregivers in our community and across the country.
“I am thrilled to continue our scholarship program and provide such a great opportunity for students attending college or university. It is our hope that we can encourage students to help us solve the shortage of quality in-home caregivers. With the ultimate goal of improving the lives of the cared for, we look forward to seeing the enthusiasm from students to be part of the solution.”
Students must be enrolled in a U.P. college or university but do not need to have a particular field of study to apply. To apply for this scholarship program, make note of these important dates:
Jan. 17, 2022: Applications are due to CIP by 5 p.m. Eastern
Feb. 1, 2022: Scholarship recipients will be notified
Feb. 18, 2022: Announcement will be made on National Caregiver Day
If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the CIP scholarship, we encourage you to visit www.the-cip.com for submission details.
This scholarship program is made possible by the generous support of Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan and a charitable donation from David and Claudia Werner of Dexter, Michigan, along with other donations.
Invent@NMU cherishes the work of our clients, past and present. When they win, our community wins, which is why we are excited to share and celebrate their success. To learn more about the Caretaker Incentive Project, check out this blog about the training program that they held back in April 2021.
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About Sarah Gimpl – Sarah Gimpl is a Northern Michigan University student studying Environmental Studies and Sustainability. She has been employed at Invent@NMU as a marketing assistant since March 2021. In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking, painting, and spending time with her friends (& dogs).
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