Experiential Learning Funding

THE ALLEGHENY GATEWAY FUNDING INSTRUCTIONS

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 APPLICATIONS

Eligibility

  • Each experience must meet the three criteria for experiential learning: acquisition of knowledge, active participation, and reflection. Funding will be given first to those projects that contribute to learning in a way not possible through existing programs. Overall quality of the experience and the application materials are important.
  • The learning experience must have administrative or faculty support.
  • Students may only receive funding for one opportunity per academic year. Priority will be given to students who have not received funding before. Summer experiences bridging fiscal years can only be funded from the fiscal year budget in which the opportunity begins. Experiences prior to July 1st will be considered part of the previous spring semester and after July 1st will be considered part of the fall semester. Funding for repeat opportunities will only be considered if funds are available.
  • Costs must be broken down according to priority. Funding requests might include meals, housing, transportation (ground or air), etc.
  • Applications for funding must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the experience.

 Restrictions

  • There are no guarantees for funding.
  • Due to limited funding, requests made by groups may be limited.
  • Funds will not be awarded retroactively.
  • Graduating seniors, students who are transferring, or students embarking on cooperative programs are not eligible for funding.
  • These funds cannot be used for tuition/fees for credit-bearing opportunities.
  • The Allegheny Gateway sponsored Experiential Learning Travel Seminars are not eligible for funding through this process as they are already subsidized through the College.

NOTE: Fund recipients will receive guidelines and paperwork prior to their departure to include the following: Covenant Not to Sue, Student Participation Agreement. Failure to follow all guidelines will make applicants ineligible for future funding. Some funds have additional requirements (i.e. thank you letters for the alumni or their representatives who have generously created the funds to support experiential learning). 

Application Process

To apply for funding students must meet with a career counselor in the Career Education office which can be done during Quick Questions drop-in hours. Quick Questions are held every Monday through Thursday from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m while classes are in session.

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.