Through the generosity of Michael Dill '71, Wabash is able to fund selected student independent study, service, or internship projects. A description of the program follows. The deadline for proposals is February 13, 2012. Questions should be directed to Dean Julie Olsen in the Dean's Office.
If you are interested in exploring other internship opportunities, please contact the Schroeder Career Center.
G Michael Dill Fund
The G. Michael Dill Fund was established by a generous gift from G. Michael Dill, class of 1971. The fund supports the educational mission of the College by enabling students to explore off-campus opportunities outside of the normal academic year.
Types of Projects Funded
Proposals, arising from interests stimulated by a student's course work and Wabash experiences, should expand or deepen an area of study in a way not available through Wabash’s traditional programs. Projects should be entirely student-generated, although students are encouraged to consult with faculty or staff as they plan their projects and prepare their proposals.
Examples of eligible projects and project costs may include:
Student generated study and research projects.
Unpaid internships with non-profit organizations. (Funding for internships with Wabash faculty should be obtained through normal College research internship programs. Dill funds may not be used to supplement paid internships.)
Study programs. Organized study programs not normally available at the College. (Dill projects may not normally be used for Wabash academic credit.)
Costs could include travel, room and board, and program fees. Grants will support work done only during the summer break.
The quality of the project and the proposal will be taken into consideration: Dill funding is highly competitive. Preference will be given to students who have not had other study opportunities (such as off-campus study, immersion trips, or other college-funded internships).
Students may not accept or receive concurrent awards and may not participate in more than 12 weeks of Wabash funded programs per summer.
The program is open to currently enrolled students in their freshman through junior years.
Students must plan to return to the college at the end of the project.
Students of all majors are eligible.
Only one Dill Grant may be awarded to a student during his time at Wabash College.
(For electronic submission, application forms may be accessed from the Career Services web page and uploaded into Wabash Works!)
Complete applications will consist of the following:
1. A statement responding to the eligibility requirements, including a listing of other travel and off-campus study activities. (Cover sheet)
2. A narrative that discusses in detail the nature of the project and how it will enhance your educational experience or post-graduate plans. The narrative portion of the proposal must be no more than two pages in length (word processed, double spaced, 12 pt font and 1 inch margins) and should be clearly written.
3. A detailed project budget. The maximum award is typically $3120. Items to be listed could include travel costs, room and board, program costs, etc. The Center for Academic Enrichment can provide assistance in determining travel costs. A stipend of $3120/ 8weeks may be requested for unpaid internships at non profit organizations in place of actual budgeted costs. The awards will be issued through payroll and will be reported as taxable income. They will be included on the W-2 form issued by Wabash in January of 2013.
4. Proposals for unpaid internships or study programs must include written verification that the student has applied. Final funding for programs will require evidence of acceptance to the internship or program.
5. Letters of support from two Wabash faculty currently on campus, one who can comment on your academic ability and one who can comment on the educational value of the project. Letters should be sent directly to Dean Julie Olsen. It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange for these letters.
Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
Completed applications are due in the Dean of the College's office on February 13, 2012.
Students receiving Dill grants will be required to submit a written report of their project to the Dill Fund Committee by August 25, 2012, and participate in an on-campus program to share their experience with the Wabash community.