Civic Engagement: Federal Work Study FAQs

Students with a current Federal Work Study award who have been accepted into a Civic Engagement service program are eligible to receive funding.

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

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Emily Welden

This resource offers options for staying engaged and volunteering while away from Wellesley, or virtually while on campus. We'll cover how to determine the right site for you, how to reach out to organizations about volunteering, and organizations to partner with (listed by industry or topic).

Civic Engagement Funding Guide: Federal Work Study & Grants

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Emily Welden

Civic Engagement provides a variety of funding opportunities for Wellesley College students and groups for community engagement programs and projects. This resource provides descriptions of Civic Engagement Grants, Federal Work-Study and Service, the Katharine Timerman Wright Award, and the Beha Community Engagement Grant.

Civic Engagement Training

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Emily Welden

Any student recieving resources from Civic Engagement must attend a mandatory training program before beginning their volunteer work. Trainings are offered at the beginning of every semester and include Pre-Service General Training, Working with Minors, and South Middlesex Correctional Center.

“It was when I participated in an Alternative Break over the winter that I realized I needed to bring my passion for service back to campus.”

Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

The Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning offers students the opportunity to work in Boston-based non-profits geared toward social change and community engagement.

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“Many of the preconceived notions I had about people experiencing homelessness and poverty were transformed by my summer internship, particularly due to its direct service aspect. Much of what I learn as a Peace & Justice Studies major concerns multi-layered analysis of conflict and my internship offered me an opportunity to consider how larger systems, like housing, banking, education, criminal justice, etc., influence social structures and perpetuate poverty for the underclass.”

“For students interested in advocacy or a cause, such as immigration or civil rights – roll up your sleeves and volunteer! Through volunteering, you will gain insight and professional contacts in your chosen field.”

“From the beginning, my career mentor was there to brainstorm, encourage, and motivate me to pursue an internship that aligned with my interests.”

Udall Scholarship (sophomores & juniors)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Supports a year of undergraduate study for American Indians and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country or interested in pursuing health-related careers, or for students with demonstrated leadership, service, and commitment to issues related to conservation and environmental issues. Eligible are college sophomores and juniors who are US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents. Campus application deadline typically in early February.

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program (rising seniors & alumnae)

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Kate Dailinger

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program supports a year's work at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Eligible are graduating seniors and recent alumni who are eligible to work in the US for a year. Campus application deadline typically in November.

Truman Scholarship (juniors)

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Kate Dailinger

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. This scholarship provides funding toward senior year and graduate school for juniors interested in a career in public service. Campus application deadline typically in November.

Projects for Peace (students)

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Kate Dailinger

Created in 2007 by Kathryn Wasserman Davis (Wellesley College '28), the Projects for Peace program offers undergraduates and graduating seniors funding to design a grassroots project for the summer of 2022—anywhere in the world — that promotes peace and addresses the root causes of conflict among parties. Projects may employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict, and finding ways to resolve conflict and maintain peace. Any current Wellesley student is eligible to apply. Campus application deadline typically in January.