NAMED GRANTS
AND WESLEYAN SUMMER EXPERIENCE GRANTS

OPEN APPLICATION PERIOD: FEBRUARY 15, 2017 - MARCH 5, 2017
Any applications received after 9pm on March 5, 2017 will not be considered. 

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

As part of the Wesleyan Grant Program, each year select students are awarded internship grants. These grants are made possible through the generous donations of individuals and organizations. The majority of summer experience grants are awarded with preference to students with demonstrated financial need. Each recipient of a grant, with guidance from University Relations and the Gordon Career Center, will provide a detailed update on their experience and prepare a thank you for their benefactor. For questions about Named Grants or Wesleyan Summer Experience Grants, please email wseg@wesleyan.edu

Child Advocacy Grant
The Child Advocacy Grant is an endowed fund, established by a generous anonymous donor, which provides grant funding to Wesleyan students with demonstrated financial need, who are interested in pursuing summer internship opportunities focused in protecting the rights of children in crisis. Lawyers For Children provides free legal and social work advocacy to abused and neglected children, children in foster care, and children in high conflict custody cases.  

The Child Advocacy Grant supplies Wesleyan students with the resources and opportunity to partner directly with LFC. The recipient will be selected for the LFC Social Work Interns Program—a robust and competitive summer program that allows motivated undergraduates to gain hands-on experience working directly with Lawyers For Children’s legal and social work teams. LFC Interns will be able to help to prepare cases for hearings or trial; and observe on field visits, during client interviews, and during court cases.

Coburn Military Veterans Summer Experience Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by Gordon ’86 and Susan Coburn, the Coburn Military Veterans Summer Experience Grant Fund provides grants for veterans, with demonstrated financial need, who are interested in pursuing summer experiential learning opportunities.

Dana Foundation Summer Grants
In the 1980s, the Dana Foundation established an endowed summer internship program, the Dana Foundation Summer Grants, designed to assist students on financial aid in career-related summer experiences. The aim of the Foundation is to encourage students to generate employment opportunities, relevant to their career interests, which will also ease the burden of summer earning expectations. At the time of its inception, Wesleyan asked alumni, parents, and friends to support the initiative with endowment gifts to help offset the costs of low or non-paying internships. 

Donna S. Morea '76 and Jeffrey D. Chandler P'06 Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience
Established by Donna Morea ’76 and Jeffrey Chandler P’06, the Morea Chandler Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan students, with demonstrated financial need, pursuing summer experiential learning opportunities.

Ellman Family Internship Fund
Established in 2014 by Stuart J. '88 and Susan Berger '90 Ellman, the Ellman Family Internship Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan students, with  demonstrated financial need, pursuing entrepreneurial or business-related summer internship opportunities.

Fries Internship Fund for Colorado
Supported by Michael T. Fries ’85, the Fries Internship Fund for Colorado provides grants for students who are interested in pursuing opportunities in Colorado, with Colorado-based organizations, or who are from Colorado. 

The Ganbarg Internship Program
The Ganbarg Internship Program is an endowed fund established by Pete Ganbarg '88 that provides grant funding to encourage and enable Wesleyan students to explore and begin their careers in the world of music. It is Pete's hope that this annual grant opportunity will help launch the next generation of music leaders, helping to maintain and push the boundaries of exciting and innovative musice, from both the creative and business perspectives. 

Goldrach Family Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund
Established in 2017 by Anne ’79 and Alain Goldrach P’12, the Goldrach Family Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan students, with demonstrated financial need, pursuing summer experiential learning opportunities.

Hartford Steam Boiler Internship
Established through the Dana Foundation Challenge, the Hartford Steam Boiler Internship is awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need, working in a not-for-profit internship in the Hartford area or to a Hartford-area resident interning for a not-for-profit organization.

Invisible Men Summer Experience Grants
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.

Jeremy R. Serwer '70 Veterans Summer Experience Fund
Supported by Jeremy R. Serwer ’70, the Serwer Veterans Summer Experience Fund provides grants for veterans, with demonstrated financial need, who are interested in pursuing summer experiential learning opportunities.

Jewett Foundation Endowed Summer Experience Fund
The Jewett Foundation Endowed Summer Experience Fund was established with a grant from the George Frederick Jewett Foundation and is designed to support research and work internships in demanding, real-world situations. The intent of the fund is to allow Wesleyan students with demonstrated financial need to apply and expand the knowledge they gain in the classroom by providing a bridge from academic study to career direction. The fund supports two internships, one in the arts and a second focused on social services.

John Plukas Internship
The John Plukas Internship is awarded to a Wesleyan student with demonstrated financial need pursuing a position in the corporate world. This internship is awarded with a preference to a student majoring in economics.

Kevin Sanborn ’87 Internship
Established in 2002 with gifts from family and friends in memory of Kevin Sanborn ’87, this internship is awarded to Wesleyan students spending the summer working in social service, political activism, or community organizing. The Sanborn grant is awarded with preference to Wesleyan students with demonstrated financial need. 

Lynch Family Endowed Internship Grant Fund
Established by Daniel '80 and Elizabeth '80 Lynch P'11, '14. The Lynch Internship Grant provides grant support to Wesleyan students, with demonstrated financial need, pursuing summer internship opportunities.

Military Veterans Summer Experience Fund
Established in 2017 by an anonymous donor the Military Veterans Summer Experience Fund provides grants for veterans, with demonstrated financial need, who are interested in pursuing summer experiential learning opportunities.

Nazarian Dana Summer Fellowship
The Nazarian Dana Summer Fellowship Endowment was established by Seta Nazarian ’79, P’13 and is awarded to a Wesleyan student with demonstrated financial need who wishes to intern in the arts.

Norman Ernst Priebatsch Fund for Entrepreneurship
A grant to fund an entrepreneurial summer internship or experience for Wesleyan students with demonstrated financial need. Provided by the Norman Ernst Priebatsch Fund for Entrepreneurship established by Ilene Rosenthal '74 P'17 and Steven Rosenthal P'17 in memory of Norman Priebatsch, a serial entrepreneur and lifelong philanthropist.

Okrent Memorial Grant for Social Justice
Established in loving memory of Alex S. Okrent, a 2005 graduate of Wesleyan University. The OMG Fund will support a Wesleyan student to work, volunteer, or intern for an organization or on an independently designed project meant to further social justice. The OMG is awarded with preference to students with demonstrated financial need. 

Orrin Baird '69 Endowed Wesleyan Summer Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by Orrin Baird ’69, the Orrin Baird ’69 Endowed Wesleyan Summer Grant Fund provides grants for students, with demonstrated financial need, who are interested in pursuing opportunities focused on labor unions, low wage workers, public service, or opportunities at other non-for-profit organizations. 

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Internship Fund
Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship supports students and alumni interested in creating and sustaining programs, businesses, and organizations that advance the public good. PCSE Internship Grants are awarded to Wesleyan students with demonstrated financial need who plan to do socially innovative or socially responsible work during summer break.

Pruzan Family Summer Experience Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by Robert '85 and Tracey Winn '85 Pruzan, the Pruzan Family Summer Experience Grant Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan students, with demonstrated financial need, pursuing summer experience opportunities in the arts. 

Robert C. Wood Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant
Established by Lawrence “Muzzy” Rosenblatt ’87, the Robert C. Wood Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan students, with demonstrated financial need, pursuing summer experiential learning opportunities.

Rayman L. Solomon '68 Fund
Established with gifts from Ray Solomon '68, the Solomon Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan students, with demonstrated financial need, pursuing summer experiences related to Jewish and Israel studies, Jewish and Israel history and culture, and/or contemporary Jewish life. 

Rebecca Friendly ’11 Internship Endowment Fund
After participating in an internship during her undergraduate career, Rebecca Friendly ’11, with her family, established this endowment to allow other students to pursue similar opportunities. The Friendly Endowment provides a stipend to a student receiving need-based financial aid who is interested in pursuing an internship in environmental studies. Students who intend to major in government with an environmental studies-linked major or an environmental studies certificate program will be given special consideration.

Silverberg-Shapiro Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund
Established in 2016 by Shonni Silverberg ’76 and John Shapiro ’74, the Silverberg-Shapiro Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund provides grants for veterans, with demonstrated financial need, who are interested in pursuing summer experiential learning opportunities.

Smart Family Foundation Internship
Established in 2014 by gift from the Smart Family Foundation, the Smart Family Foundation Internship endowment provides grant support to Wesleyan students, with demonstrated financial need, pursuing summer internship opportunities.

Surdna Foundation Internship Program
Established by the Surdna Foundation in the 1980s to help meet the Dana Foundation Challenge, this grant is awarded to a Wesleyan student with demonstrated financial need who demonstrates outstanding service to the community.

Thomas M. Arndt Internship Program
Established in 1989 in honor of Thomas Arndt ’60, this internship is awarded to a Wesleyan student with demonstrated financial need who has demonstrated a serious commitment to pursuing a career in or related to developing countries and who has those personal characteristics of caring, empathy, resilience, and good humor that will enable him or her to successfully engage in a partnership with the people of developing countries.

Wesleyan Grants
Wesleyan Grants provide grant resources to Wesleyan students pursuing summer experiential learning opportunities.

Win '65 and Lee Chamberlin Endowed Summer Experience Grant Funds
Established in 2016 by Win ’65 and Lee Chamberlin, the Chamberlin Endowed Summer Experience Fund provides grants for students, with demonstrated financial need, who are interested in pursuing opportunities in or related to developing countries. Preference will be given to those students whose summer experiences are focused in community development, cultural relations, or humanitarian efforts.