During the mid-2000s, a student group called the Black & Latino Brotherhood arose as an informal association focused on creating an annual showcase for the WESfest/Student of Color Weekend. With the positive reception of these efforts, the brothers came to recognize the need for an ongoing presence in student activity by men of color, and in 2010 began to create the new organization, Invisible Men. The aims of the group are to provide support for one another, to pursue personal growth, to create greater unity among people of color, and to enhance the success of multicultural community.

This year the group focused on a fundraising campaign to provide funding to support two internship grants with a distinctive mentoring component. The members of Invisible Men intend in this way to honor the mission of their organization and also to give back to the Wesleyan community that has supported their growth and education.

Any application received after 9 p.m. on March 5th will not be considered.


  • Invisible Men Summer Experience Grants are open to rising juniors and seniors.
  • Applicants must be receiving need-based financial aid at the time they apply.
  • Preference given to students of color, and/or first-generation college students who have shown involvement on campus.The IM Grant is open to all-gender identifying persons.
  • Grants are given for 8-week summer opportunities (35-40 hours a week).

Criteria for Selection
Applications are evaluated on:

  • The ability of the internship to enhance the student’s Wesleyan educational experience, provide new skills and/or test or broaden the student’s areas of career interest.
  • The feasibility of the outlined budget.
  • Written statements

Grants Award
$5,000 grant is awarded to cover expenses related to the summer experience. Please note: Wesleyan University does not make any determination on the taxability of these awards. Please consult a tax advisor to determine your tax status and liability.

Application Process
Applicants must submit the following documents to the  2017 Wesleyan Grants posting on Handshake. 

  1. Resume (must be a resume approved by the Gordon Career Center on Handshake--note that resumes are reviewed, not necessarily, approved on Handshake with 48 hours or 2-business days, so please plan accordingly)
  2. Completed application uploaded to Handshake
  3. A detailed budget outlining the expected expenses for the duration of the internship. The submitted budget total should not exceed $5,000 (including Wesleyan’s Summer Earning Expectation -- see for more information on the Summer Earning Expectation). If your budget exceeds $5,000 please provide a detailed written explanation accounting for the additional expenses. There is no guarantee the portion of your budget above $5,000 will be funded.
  4. Complete and detailed written statements

Visit the 2017 Wesleyan Grants Application page for full application instructions. 
Apply for Wesleyan Grants online via the 2017 Wesleyan Grants posting on Handshake.