Experiential Learning Funding

The Allegheny Gateway’s funding mission is to provide financial resources for students who have been offered exceptional experiential learning opportunities not readily available at Allegheny and/or in Meadville. These opportunities must enhance learning that is already taking place in the classroom and be related to future goals. Experiential learning is defined as a component of the education process whereby students are active participants in activities that foster intentional reflection as well as the acquisition of knowledge, skills and values. Examples of opportunities which may be eligible for funding include:Non-Credit Internships; Independent Research; International Volunteering or Internships. It is important to note that the majority of these funds exist to support internships.

Guidelines for Funding

Each experience must meet the three criteria for experiential learning: acquisition of knowledge, active participation, and reflection. Applicants are responsible for demonstrating how these criteria will be met and how student learning will be enhanced. Overall quality of the experience (and the proposal) is important. Funding will be given first to those projects that contribute to learning in a way not possible through existing programs. The learning experience must have administrative or faculty support. There are no guarantees for funding.

Costs must be broken down according to priority. Funding requests might include meals, housing, transportation, conference registration fees, etc. These funds can not be used for tuition/fees for credit-bearing opportunities, personal entertainment, or souvenirs.

The Allegheny Gateway-sponsored Experiential Learning Travel Seminars are not eligible for funding through this process as they are already subsidized through the College.

Graduating seniors, students who are transferring or students embarking on cooperative programs are not eligible for funding. Due to limited funding, requests made by groups may be limited. Funds will not be awarded retroactively. Applications for funding must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the experience.

How to Apply for Funding

To apply for funding you must meet with a staff member in Career Education  preferably during Quick Questions. Quick Questions are held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The application consists of several different materials including resume, cover letter describing details of the experience, an estimated budget, and a completed funding application recommendation form from an Allegheny faculty member or administrator.