Baldacci Student Experiential Learning Endowed Fund

The Baldacci Student Experiential Learning Endowed Fund grants academically promising, and hardworking students of diverse areas of study and backgrounds with financial support so they can pursue internships, conferences, research, domestic or study abroad, and/or social entrepreneurship opportunities. Applicants must be undergraduate rising juniors or rising seniors, in good academic standing, and be majors in the College of Humanities and Sciences. **For the 2021 application cycle, as the pandemic has impacted the availability of travel and in-person experiential learning opportunities, we encourage applicants to consider submitting an application to fund virtual or alternative experiences in addition to those outlined below.

Requests can be made for, but are not limited to, research support, internship stipends, conference attendance, domestic or study abroad opportunities, and/or social entrepreneurial incubator support. The Baldacci Student Experiential Learning Scholarship is not intended to be used toward tuition. If a student chooses a program that combines tuition with the program fees the VCU tuition rate for those credits will be deducted from the total amount of money requested. If the tuition rate at the host institution is above that of VCU this scholarship will cover the differential. Funds are awarded at the discretion of a Dean’s Office committee. Awards will not exceed $5,000. All Baldacci Student Experiential funds for the 2021-22 cycle should be spent by June 15, 2022.

This award will be delivered via VCU Financial Aid. As with all financial aid, scholarships are subject to federal and state rules. Receiving this scholarship could affect your financial aid package. If you have questions, please contact your advisor in the Office of Financial Aid and reference this award specifically.

Due to COVID-19, any scholarship that offers funding towards travel-related expenses may be suspended until such time as VCU deems to be a safe travel environment. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our first priority.

David Baldacci
College of Humanities and Sciences
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a community college transfer student?
  2. Upload a statement of no more than 500 words describing your experiential learning opportunity. In your description, include what type of activities you will participate in, your anticipated start date and length of participation, host organization/business, location and how the experience will support your educational and/or career goals. Provide a brochure or website if applicable.
  3. Provide the name and email of a faculty member who can provide a reference in support of your application. They may be contacted during review of your application.
  4. Provide the name and email of the sponsor/mentor/supervisor of your experiential learning opportunity. They will be contacted to confirm your participation.
  5. Outline a budget for your internship experience (select all anticipated expenses that apply). As a reminder, awards will not exceed $5,000. All Baldacci Student Experiential funds for the 2020-21 cycle should be spent by June 15, 2022.
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