Wesleyan Summer Grants Application

The 2022 application will be open January 31st - February 27th, 11:59pm. Applications received after midnight on February 27th will not be considered.

Application Requirements:
1. Approved Resume
You must have an approved resume on Handshake by the Gordon Career Center in order for your application to be considered. Please note that once you upload your resume to Handshake it will be reviewed, not necessarily approved, within 2 business days. Please plan accordingly and expect that your resume may not be approved the first time you upload it. It is strongly encouraged that you schedule a resume review appointment with a peer career advisor before you upload it to Handshake for the first time. 

How to upload a document on Handshake
How to check the status of a document on Handshake

Application Components: 
The following components are required in order for your application to be considered. Failure to provide these materials will result in your application being withdrawn.

1. Grant Selection
Applicants can select up to ten grants that they would like to apply to/be considered for on the application.

2. Summer Experience Information
Logistical information regarding your proposed or potential experience, including the kind of experience, organization name, project/research information, number of hours/weeks, etc.

3. Budget
All applicants are required to submit a budget sheet, detailing the funding request for your summer experience. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to research costs to help you estimate your budget lines and make sure your numbers add up to the correct totals. What do you anticipate needing funding for? Fill out the budget based on your summer experience. Remember, no two budgets will look the same. 

4. Essays
This part of the application process is not an academic statement. Your essays must be compelling; you need to persuade the Committee to fund your experience. They need to understand why this experience is important to you as an individual and how it relates to your career goals. Be thoughtful and detailed in your responses.

  • Tell us about yourself, your goals for the future, and why you are applying for funding this summer. (500 words maximum)
  • Tell us about your summer plans. What opportunity are you pursuing and what will your role and responsibilities be? How did you find or design this opportunity? Why do you want to pursue this particular summer experience, and how will it enhance your Wesleyan education? What will you gain from this experience, and how will it impact your career goals? (750 words maximum)

5. Agreement to Code of Conduct & Wesleyan Summer Grant Requirements

*Some grants may require additional materials, please review carefully!

Selection Criteria & Rubric
The Wesleyan Summer Grants Committee will use a rubric to review and evaluate applications on the following criteria:

  1. The Experience Description 
  2. The Student's Rationale
  3. Enhancement of Student's Wesleyan Education
  4. The Connection to Student's Career Goals

Wesleyan Summer Grants Rubric

Revisions & Receiving Funding
If your proposal is selected to receive funding, you will be notified in early April of your funding amount and the necessary steps to receive your funding. At this time, you will have the ability to submit a revision if your plans have changed. In mid-May, after completing the necessary steps to confirm your funding, funds are transferred via direct deposit, which must be set up with Wesleyan in advance. Students who have not yet set up direct deposit may do so by completing the Authorization Agreement for Payroll Direct Deposit Form and returning it to the Payroll Office. This form can be found on WesPortal.  As these funds could be 1099 reportable, we recommend that students consult with a tax advisor on how to treat and report this grant for tax purposes. 

Requirements for Grant Recipients
All recipients will be required to complete the following towards the end of the summer/early fall:

  1. Thank you letter to the donor
  2. Write-up detailing your summer experience
  3. Evaluation form to be submitted by your supervisor

If you need help getting your resume approved, finding summer opportunities, or would like to review your application materials, please schedule a career advising or drop-in appointment with a staff member from the Gordon Career Center. Appointments can be scheduled online on Handshake, via phone 860-685-2180, or in-person during business hours. 

If you have any questions about your eligibility, requirements of a particular grant, or the application process, please contact Sarah McNamara, Associate Director for Employer Relations via email wseg@wesleyan.edu.