Call for Proposals

Students are invited to apply for funding in amounts from $50 to $1500 Experiential Learning activities such as attending programs, workshops, retreats, etc., related to vocational exploration and/or career development.

Individuals or groups may apply, however, the more people the proposal can impact (either directly or indirectly), the more favorably the application will be viewed. A brief report from all participants and photos documenting the experience are required.

Please see Funding FAQs for details on what is fundable and how to receive award monies.

Definition & Purpose

As we use the term vocational exploration in APEX, we focus on the notion of developing one’s talents and capabilities to good-effect in choosing and enjoying a meaningful career. The intent of the mini grants is to provide students the opportunity to explore vocational interests that without funding might go undeveloped.

Application Deadlines and Information


Applications will be accepted three times over the 2014-15 academic year, or until all funds have been awarded, whichever comes first. Applications and all supporting documentation should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on:

  • Friday, September 19
  • Monday, December 1
  • Friday, February 6

When applying, please consider the following:

  • The intent of the grant is to explore new vocational or career opportunities
  • Grants awarded to seniors must be used, reimbursed, and reported prior to graduation.
  • Funds must be used, reimbursed, and reported by June 1, 2015.


Open to all students in all majors who are in

  • good academic standing
  • good standing under The College of Wooster’s Codes of Academic Integrity and Social Responsibility

Project Proposals

Please see the student application for exact proposal requirements. Proposals should:

  • Identify what is missing from the individual’s or group’s vocational or career exploration
  • Propose questions that will be examined over the course of the project
  • Outline a plan for integrating the results at the conclusion
  • Wherever possible, include an on-campus component based on what was learned from the experience

Project Mentoring

All student applications must be accompanied with support from an on-campus mentor through the Mentor Support Form (.pdf). Mentors may be faculty members or members of the professional staff at the College.

Examples of Past Funded Mini Grant Proposals

Mini Grant projects can occur within an almost infinite number of forms. To give an idea how Mini Grants can be crafted, consider these examples:

  • Two Communication Sciences and Disorders students accompanied their clinical instructor to Burundi, Africa, to learn about local issues for speech-impaired students and to assist teachers in identifying, assessing, and treating speech disorders.
  • Eight students attended InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Mission Conference (Urbana). The focus of Urbana is to help students explore short and long-term vocational opportunities offered by more than 300 missions agencies and educational institutions.
  • Five students in the Community Art Connection visited New York City for an exploration of opportunities in the arts. They engaged in a variety of unique experiences which provided them with insight about different paths they can take working with the arts after college.
  • One student attended the poetry section of the Kenyon Review’s Writers’ Workshop. During the week the student participated in an intensive study of reading, writing, and discussing original poetic pieces.

Selection and Notification

All applications will be reviewed by the Mini Grants committee. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status within two weeks of the application deadline. Only complete applications will be considered.

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