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Ward Family Learning in Action Award

It is time to apply for the Ward Family Learning in Action Award, which is a $5,000 award. The deadline is Feb. 25.

This award was established in 2007 through a gift from the Ward family - Dorothy Mears Ward GP’05, ‘08, and ’14, and Tom and Beth Ward P’05, ‘08, and ’14, A.T. Ward ‘05, Christopher Ward ’08 and Chase Ward ‘14. This award annually recognizes one rising sophomore, junior or senior to support an experiential learning project. The projects may include, but are not limited to, international study, undergraduate research, internships, service, or leadership experiences, or projects that allow a student to achieve excellence in an individual pursuit. Priority will be given to new and unique projects that will be transformative for the student via an experiential leaning project.  Student recipients must be in good academic and social standing. Demonstrated financial need is not a requirement but may be taken into account.

Proposals will be judged on the following factors: creativity, originality, potential for academic or personal development, relevance to course of study or career goals, overall presentation of proposal (including clarity in how the award will be used), and financial need.
Students must submit an essay to the Office of the Vice President for Student Life, Alamance 109, by Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The essay should describe the proposed project, explain its relevance to the student’s goals, make a compelling case for funding and list any other funding sources sought. Applications should include two letters of support from Elon faculty or staff members with whom the student has discussed their project. The top six to eight candidates chosen by the selection committee will be invited to make a short presentation about their project in March.  
The award is presented annually at the spring Omicron Delta Kappa awards ceremony. This year’s ceremony will be held May 1.
The Ward Family Learning in Action Award consists of a cash prize of $5,000 to support the student’s project. Each year, the previous year’s recipient is invited to the ceremony to discuss how the award enhanced his or her education and preparation for life, and to announce the next recipient.
Please contact Susan Lindley (slindley@elon.edu) in the Office of the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Alamance 109, or X7220 with any questions.




Susan Lindley,
2/11/2014 9:30 AM