The purpose of funding through this program is to support students pursuing career-related opportunities over the summer.

Examples funding can be used for:

  • Living and personal expenses: rent/utilities, food, clothing, household items, medical needs
  • Travel expenses: plane tickets, subway/train/bus fares, gas mileage, rental car
  • Program expenses: housing, tuition, meal plan, books/supplies
  • Renting equipment and items: camera, car/bike, laptop, film equipment

Examples funding CANNOT be used for:

  • Purchasing personal tangible items (ie laptop, camera, car, bike, etc)
  • Paying yourself
  • Paying Wesleyan University tuition
  • Gym memberships


Funding is determined by the following criteria:

  1. Applications are reviewed to make sure all required materials have been included. If materials are missing (ie approved resume, budget) the application will be withdrawn and cannot be considered for funding.
  2. The committee reviews and scores all eligible applications using the rubric. They carefully look at the following within the essays:
    • The Experience Description 
    • The Student's Rationale
    • Enhancement of Wesleyan Education
    • The Connection to Career Goals
  3. Applicants are then selected for funding based on their score and if they meet the listed requirements for the grant(s) they applied to. Preference will be given to students receiving need-based financial aid for the majority of grants. Rising juniors and seniors are prioritized.

Receiving Your Grant & Revisions
Applicants will be notified in April about their funding status and you will receivce an email notificaiton either way. If you are selected for funding and accept, you will be required to complete the following:

  1. Revision (only if your plans have changed from your original application). This will include additional short essays, which will be reviewed before funding is determined
  2. Post-Acceptance Form: Information about your final summer experience and supervisor/advisor contact information. Your supervisor will be sent a form directly from our office. This person will need to confirm all the information regarding your summer experience and submit the form back to us. We cannot award funding until this is complete. 
  3. Direct Deposit: You will need to make sure your campus direct deposit is set up through the University BEFORE you submit the post-acceptance form.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 WesPortalIf you are unsure whether you have Direct Deposit already set up or not, please contact the Payroll Office directly to confirm.
  4. Agreement to the Wesleyan Code of Conduct and Wesleyan Summer Grant Requirements

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

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.