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 College 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; Academic Conferences where students are making significant presentations. 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.

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.