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CWS Travel Grants
CWS Travel Grants provides funding to support short-term community service projects during Wintersession, Spring Break AND Summer.
Examples of projects funded in the past:
- You want to take part in an community service project and need funding for travel expenses (i.e. plane tickets, subway passes, etc.).
- You want to take part in an alternative spring break service project and need assistance in paying for your own room and board.
Award: Up to $750 per student. (Awards typically range from $500-$750)
Eligibility: All full-time students and Davis Scholars currently enrolled in classes on the Wellesley College campus are eligible. Due to the large number of applications we receive, priority is given to students who have not received funding from the CWS in the past. **Students are only eligible to receive one grant during their time at Wellesley.**
Limitations and exclusions: This money may only be used for programs that are directly related to service. Funding CANNOT be used to pay for:
- academic programs including coursework
- study abroad/exchange
- English teaching programs
- independent study
- conference attendance
- program participation fees
Money cannot be transferred to another project, and unused money must be returned to the fund. No applications will be considered for reimbursement of expenses incurred prior to the time of the application.
Students needing funding for local daily transportation expenses during the fall and spring semester to a volunteer site should review the CWS Transportation webpage (http://www.wellesley.edu/cws/serves/transportation) before proceeding.
Priority will be given to students applying for CWS Travel Grants to fund service in the United States. Please note that Wellesley students are not normally awarded funding to pursue a community service project or an internship in a country with a current U.S. Department of State Travel Warning. Requests for exceptions to this policy are considered on a case-by-case basis by the College's Safety Committee. Students must provide a letter of support from a faculty member as well as a completed Safety Petition Request. Students going abroad should visit the U.S. Department of State Web site.
Application Information: Students must submit a:
2) detailed budget
3) supplemental Form
4) short answer responses to the following questions:
a. Please tell us, in 1-2 paragraphs, the goals for your project and identify the population that will be served with this project.
b. Please tell us, in 1-2 paragraphs, why you want to participate in this project and what you hope to learn.
The short answer responses and budget information should be submitted in one word document via MyCWS in the writing sample section with the following information at the top of each page:
2) Class Year
3) Banner ID
4) Wellesley Campus Mailbox number
Please submit WINTERSESSION applications through MyCWS Schedule #1012.
Wintersession Application Deadline: November 12, 2013 at NOON EST Wintersession application for academic year 2013-14 is now closed.
Please submit SPRING BREAK applications through MyCWS Schedule #1053.
Spring Break Application Deadline: February 7, 2014 at NOON EST Spring Break application for academic year 2013-14 is now closed.
Please submit SUMMER applications through MyCWS Schedule #TBA.
Summer Break Application Deadline: TBA
Questions: Please make a Targeted Service Drop-In appointment via MyCWS.
Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Not all applications will be funded.
Katharine Timberman Wright Award: "Venture Capital For Volunteers"
The Katharine Timberman Wright (KTW) Awards were established by the Wellesley College Alumnae Association to support and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit in community service. The awards recognize creative responses by Wellesley College students to perceived social needs, both on and off campus. Katharine Timberman Wright '18 inspired these awards and exemplifies generations of Wellesley College women committed to community service.
The awards are for second semester projects that involve ten (10) or more students. The awards can be up to $750 depending on the design of the project and amount requested on the proposal.
Examples of projects students might consider:
- designing a new service project or organization
- inviting a speaker or a series of speakers to campus
- launching or expanding a community service publication
- expanding participation in an established program
Past recipients have included:
- A Day of Sunshine, a fair which raised funds for children in orphanages worldwide.
- AHORA, a bilingual/bicultural enrichment program
- Book club at MCI Framingham
- Destination Asia, a cultural program for children adopted from Asian countries
- Mentoring program at an elementary school in Boston
- Chinatown Summer Exploration Program
Deadline: TBA. Apply through MyCWS Schedule TBA.
Questions: Please make a targeted service drop-in appointment via MyCWS.
Beha Community Engagement Grant
Beha Community Engagement Grant provides funding to support short-term, civic-engagement student projects. Preference will be given to projects relating to art and architecture. Click here for the application.