Student Opportunity Award

An objective of Think. Act. Lead.: A Path to Each Student’s Success, one of the initiatives in Stonehill’s strategic plan, is the creation of a culture for students that promotes ongoing purposeful planning, intentional engagement, and thoughtful reflection upon all experiences—a culture that empowers each student to realize meaningful growth and comes to know and can articulate his/her own story.

With the objective of significantly enhancing the academic, professional, personal and spiritual development of each Stonehill student, we are making available Student Opportunity Awards. These funds, which are made available through the generous support of donors to the College, are available to students in order to subsidize the costs associated with their participation in a wide range of high-impact learning activities. Preference will be given to students who are able to clearly articulate and demonstrate the significant financial hardship/barriers that jeopardize their ability to participate in desired high-impact learning experiences.

Application for funds is to be made PRIOR to your participation in a high-impact learning activity.

Examples of expenses associated with high-impact learning experiences are:

Going abroad to intern or study

  • travel costs (e.g., plane/train/bus tickets, parking)
  • obtaining visas/passports
  • airfare
  • food
  • housing
  • professional business attire (e.g., shoes, blouse, dress pants, blazer, tie)

Domestic internships and externships

  • travel costs (e.g., mileage, plane/train/bus tickets, parking)
  • professional business attire (e.g., shoes, blouse, dress pants, blazer, tie)
  • financial compensation for having to leave a paying job for an unpaid internship

Academic research opportunities

  • research supplies
  • research publication

Professional meeting

Attending to present results of original research, discuss a unique academic program, or participate in a visual, performance, or creative arts competition; attending for professional development opportunities (e.g., for interest, networking)

  • travel costs (e.g., mileage, plane/train/bus tickets, parking)
  • registration
  • hotel, if trip is overnight
  • food
  • professional business attire (e.g., shoes, blouse, dress pants, blazer, tie)

Education majors/minors

  • MTELs
  • Travel costs (e.g., mileage, parking) during education-class practicum (1 day/week) and student teaching practicum (5 days/week)

Job-shadowing

  • travel costs (e.g., mileage, parking)

 

The following are not eligible for a Student Opportunity Award:

  • A request for reimbursement of costs already incurred by an experience
  • Summer housing on campus
  • Tuition for traditional academic courses (i.e., those not related to professional certification and/or preparation)
  • Previous recipient of a Student Opportunity Award for the same high-impact learning experience

Below is the application, review and award notification timeline. Only those applications received by a deadline date will be considered for funding during that cycle. Applications received after a deadline will be considered for funding in the subsequent application cycle.

Preference will be given to students who are able to clearly articulate and demonstrate the significant financial hardship/barriers that jeopardize their ability to participate in desired high-impact learning experiences. Award amounts will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and can vary greatly depending on the quality of the application, requested amount, and demonstration of financial need.

How to Apply

Application for funds is to be made PRIOR to your participation in a high-impact learning activity and submitted online through the High-Impact Experience Award Application.

Each student may receive only one Student Opportunity Award per specific activity.

If you have any questions about the Student Opportunity Awards, please email student-oppt-awards@stonehill.edu.

 

Application Deadline Review Period Award Notification
October 14, 2019 Oct. 15 – 25, 2019 October 28, 2019
November 11, 2019 Nov. 12 – 22, 2019 November 25, 2019
December 9, 2019 Dec. 10 – 20, 2019 December 26, 2019
January 20, 2020 Jan. 21 – Jan 31, 2020 February 3, 2020
February 17, 2020 Feb. 18 – 28, 2020 March 2, 2020
March 16, 2020 Mar. 17 – 27, 2020 March 30, 2020
April 13, 2020 Apr. 14 – 24, 2020 April 27, 2020
May 11, 2020 May 12 – 22, 2020 May 25, 2020