Ward Learning in Action Award: $10,000 grant for a student project

It is time to apply for the Ward Family Learning in Action Award, which is a $10,000 award offered every other year to support an Elon undergraduate student’s project. The deadline for proposals is Feb. 27, 2017, at noon.

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 recognizes one rising sophomore, junior or senior to support an experiential learning project.

Proposals that will receive the highest consideration are for projects or experiences 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 learning project This award is designed for students who have not been awarded other grants or prizes through Elon University. 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 noon on Monday, Feb. 27. 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 or currently in hand. Applications should include two letters of support from Elon faculty or staff members with whom the student has discussed their project. The top six 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 Leadership Awards Ceremony sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa. This year’s ceremony will be held April 27. The most recent recipient is invited to the ceremony to discuss how the award enhanced his or her education and preparation for life, and to help 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.