Ward Family Learning in Action Award

The family of two recent Elon alumni, A.T. Ward and Christopher Ward, has established a fund for an Elon student to be awarded $3,000 each year to participate in an Elon Experience or related project. Application deadline is March 15. Please see details below.



Established in 2007 through a gift from the Ward family – Dorothy Mears Ward GP’05 and ‘08, Tom and Beth Ward P’05 and ‘08, A.T. Ward ‘05, Christopher Ward ’08 and Chase Ward – 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 and leadership experiences.  Student recipients must be in good academic and social standing.  Demonstrated financial need is not a requirement but may be taken into account.


To Apply


Proposals will be judged on the following factors: creativity; originality; potential for academic or personal development or positive impact on others; relevance to course of study or career goals; overall presentation of proposal; and financial need.


Students must submit an essay to the Office of the Vice President, Alamance 109 for Student Life by March 15. The essay should describe the proposed project, explain its relevance to the student’s goals and make a compelling case for funding. Applications should include two letters of support from Elon faculty or staff members.


The Vice President for Student Life will appoint a selection committee composed of representatives from the faculty, Division of Student Life, Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Office of Financial Planning and a member of the Ward family.

The award will be presented each year at the spring Omicron Delta Kappa awards ceremony.


The Ward Family Learning in Action Award consists of a cash prize of $3,000 to support the student’s project. Each year, the previous year’s recipient will be 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 the Office of the Vice President, Alamance 109, or X7220 with any questions.