The Clemson University Honors College is offering Educational Enrichment Grants for students to use for virtual / home-based experiences during Summer of 2021. Competitive applications will propose activities that contribute to your intellectual, academic, and/or professional growth; create something of value to others in your community; advance your "core competencies" (including engagement, innovation, and professionalism); and/or provide an opportunity for creativity in the arts or other areas.
This summer, the Honors College is placing special emphasis on community – addressing Global Issues, but in your home community. We are challenging students to identify local issues, no matter the size, to address with funding from the Honors College. Additionally, as in our traditional summer grant program, these Honors grants may also be used for stand-alone programs, virtual study abroad (not tuition), independent research, and academic and professional development. Funds may not be used to support travel or travel-related activities.
Students may request up to $3000, although we anticipate that the majority of the awards will be in the range of $500 - $1500.
Examples of possible student initiatives include (but are not limited to):
- third-party virtual opportunities identified by the student
- learning a new skill or language (but note that students can access Rosetta Stone for free from the Clemson library!)
- research or creative projects
- creation of resources for community engagement or enhancement
Examples of grants from last year include:
- Purchasing books for a book club formed by several Honors students
- Funds to attend virtual conferences and workshops
- Funding for a kit to build a prosthetic hand
- Funding for Zoom piano lessons
RULES for University funds Summer 2021
- Students must commit to 4 weeks of work. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.5 and be in good standing with the Honors College.
- Students will need to submit all receipts to verify expenditures. See below.
- Honors grant funds cannot pay for tuition but can pay for fees, equipment, or certain professional development expenses.
- Honors grant funds cannot pay for living expenses (e.g. meals, rent, etc.) or commuting costs.
- Honors grant funds cannot pay for travel of any kind or support non-travel components of your planned travel experience.
- If you are proposing a group project with other Honors students, all students must apply separately, and all students must note in their applications the names of all the other students in the group.
IF YOUR PROPOSAL IS FUNDED:
- ALL ITEMS COVERED BY THE GRANT MUST BE PURCHASED BY JUNE 15, AND ALL RECEIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JULY 1 TO SONJA MASSEY at firstname.lastname@example.org. EXCEPTIONS WILL BE PERMITTED ONLY IF IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO PURCHASE ITEMS PRIOR TO JUNE 15, AND THEN ONLY IF APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
- Students will need to purchase items covered by the grant and will be reimbursed via TigerPay after receipts are submitted. Note: If advancing these funds creates a financial hardship for you or your family, please contact Jenny Wirtz at email@example.com for assistance.
- By August 15, you must upload to the Honors College a brief PowerPoint presentation (at least 10 slides, no more than 25) that substantiates your summer work. These presentations will become the property of the Honors College and can be used for purposes such as publicity or advertising. You must also send the Honors College a photo illustrating your summer experience. Your photo and PowerPoint may be used by the Honors College for publicity or other purposes.
- We encourage recipients to list this grant and any relevant products on their resume as a reflection of their academic and professional development during this unprecedented time in history.
Applications open February 8, 2021 and close March 1, 2021 at 5pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.