Edgar Cayce Scholarship Program to Award $1,000 in 2016
The goal of the Edgar Cayce Scholarship program is to promote the education of students interested in or studying fields associated with holistic living, a fundamental concept found in the Edgar Cayce material. Scholarships are intended to give financial assistance to students who will be majoring in a course curriculum related to holistic health, philosophy, social work, personal spirituality, and/or quality of life through mind-body-spirit integration. Each applicant is evaluated on a variety of factors, including academic achievement (minimum 3.0 or appropriate equivalent), community service, and a 2,000-2,500-word essay based on the Cayce principle, "Make the world a better place in which to live." A.R.E. staff members, volunteers, and their family members, are not eligible for this scholarship.
The Edgar Cayce Scholarship Program, created in 2007, exists due to the generosity of long-time A.R.E. member Nancy Clark and the George Clark Foundation. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $20,000 in local scholarships. Due to an overwhelming response of highly qualified applicants, in 2015 the Edgar Cayce Scholarship program granted scholarships to three winners for a total of $2,000 in awards. The $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Alissa LeTourneau of Salem High School, and two Honorable Mention awards of $500 each were awarded to Mary Ramsey of Princess Anne High School and Natalie Simon of Ocean Lakes High School. The award recipients were recognized by A.R.E. staff and volunteers in a brief ceremony and were also featured in Venture Inward, the A.R.E.'s quarterly membership magazine.
Edgar Cayce founded the non-profit Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in 1931, to explore spirituality, holistic health, intuition, dream interpretation, psychic development, reincarnation, and ancient mysteries—all subjects that frequently came up in the more than 14,000 documented psychic readings given by Cayce, who died in 1945. The mission of A.R.E. is simply to help people around the world change their lives for the better through the ideas and information found in the Cayce readings. The Virginia Beach headquarters is a popular site for locals and tourists with free daily lectures, a Health Center & Spa, the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage, an extensive metaphysical library, a meditation garden, a stone labyrinth, and a bookstore and gift shop. Visitors from around the world come to experience conferences featuring speakers on subjects like ancient mysteries, holistic health, and spiritual development. The campus is also home to Atlantic University (AU), which offers two masters degrees (Transpersonal Studies and Leadership Studies) through an online platform, as well as continuing education and certificate programs. Through A.R.E.’s many programs, services, publications, and membership outreach, individuals from all walks of life and religious backgrounds are provided with tools for personal transformation and healing at all levels—body, mind, and spirit. For more information, please visit EdgarCayce.org.