The Bonnie Ann Burnett Scholarship

For Verge’s Permaculture Design Certificate Course

We are now accepting scholarship applications for our upcoming Permaculture Design Certification Course, starting on May 30, 2024. For our Spring cohort, we will be offering a limited number of scholarships toward our PDC Practitioner package*, in the amount of $1299 CAD per scholarship. As the total cost of our Practitioner package is $1899, awarded scholarship students will be responsible to pay the remaining balance of $600 CAD to cover the hard costs of the in-person portion of this offering. We will offer awarded scholarship students a 3-month payment plan for the payment of the balance.

*Foundational course is not eligible for scholarship funding. 

Note: Scholarship approval is subject to Verge’s discretion, and availability in the class.

To qualify, please complete one of the below application forms at least 4-weeks prior to the course start date.

Our application deadline is Thursday May 2, 2024 and scholarships will be awarded by Friday May 17,2024. 

In addition, we will be offering high school student scholarships for our upcoming Permaculture Design Certification Course.

Applications are due on May 2, 2024 and will be awarded by Friday May 17,2024. 

About Bonnie Ann

Storyteller. Scientist. Master Gardener. Park Ranger. Artist. Animal Rescuer. Earth Healer. Verge Permaculture Graduate.

Let Her Legacy Make Your Dream Possible.

Bonnie Ann Burnett was a wisewoman of many gifts, a quiet force of nature, who, in the last years of her life, achieved the fulfillment of her lifelong dream: moving onto her family’s Michigan homestead.

Her goal was to turn its neglected 160 acres and drafty 1920s farmhouse into a regenerative farm and healing retreat for artists, and she began researching permaculture. A friend’s gift of funding made it possible for her to attend the first Verge PDC in 2020, where her classmates were inspired by her presence, her commitment, and the vision that she fleshed out in her meticulously detailed final design project.

See Bonnie Ann’s written description of her design HERE.

But Bonnie Ann had barely six months to begin implementing that design before an aggressive brain cancer ended her dream, and her beloved homestead was exchanged for hospice. She passed out of this life on Sunday, April 4, 2021.

In her honor, her friends have funded the Bonnie Ann Burnett Permaculture Scholarship, to help give adults the opportunity, the training, the inspiration and the support to achieve their regenerative vision through Verge’s Permaculture Design Certification course

Are you, like Bonnie Ann, contemplating a new direction for your life?

…A new direction embracing food, water, and energy security while reducing your carbon footprint, healing the ecosystem around you, and providing you with a sustainable income…

…but you’re struggling to fund the training you need to achieve your dream? 

If this is your situation, this scholarship is open to you. We also have 2 scholarships sponsored by Tagari Publishing and the Permaculture Institute which include a physical copy of Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison.  

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Donations towards this fund received as of Jan 1, 2024

This fund has been generously supported by the following individuals and organizations:

  • Phila Hoopes
  • Cathy Larkin
  • Leah Shelleda
  • Sharon Heath
  • Jefferey Burnett
  • Annabelle B Wujkowski
  • Susan Hammond
  • Debra Brown
  • Annette St.Cyr
  • Karen DiBenedetto
  • Noel Cox
  • Louis Shaknitz
  • Marcus Sheffer
  • Gloria Badiner
  • David Eisenberg
  • Aviva Reim
  • Cecilia Hewett
  • Maryanne Buschini
  • Tomoko Pommer
  • Mica Deerfield
  • Martha Sharples
  • Linda Heisserman
  • Bruce Brummitt
  • Grete Perkins
  • Carol Getty
  • Valeria Vincent Sancisi
  • Dr. Greg Sweitzer
  • Eric Fulda
  • Alexander Gaylon
  • Susan O’Hanlon
  • Dan Chiras

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