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WESLEYAN SUMMER GRANTS OPEN APPLICATION PERIOD: JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 28, 2018
ANY APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER MIDNIGHT ON FEBRUARY 28 WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, requirements of a particular grant, or the application process, please contact Sarah McNamara, Associate Director of Internships and Campus Recruiting via email wseg@wesleyan.edu.

WESLEYAN SUMMER GRANTS are funding resources awarded through the Gordon Career Center which allow students to pursue no- or low- pay career-related summer experiences. These resources include Wesleyan Summer Experience Grants, Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Grants, named grants, etc.

Grants are awarded for all types of summer experiential learning opportunities, both in the U.S. and abroad, and can include career-related opportunities in the following areas: internships, faculty-mentored research, language study, volunteer work, field study, and academic programs. To be considered for funding, the summer opportunity should be full-time for a minimum (or the equivalent) of 8 weeks. Grant awards typically range between $4,000 and $5,000. Only opportunities that take place over the summer will be considered and funded.

Please Note: The funding resources listed under “Our” in the Opportunities navigation are part of the Wesleyan Summer Grants program and this application process is specific to only these grants. For other programs and resources on campus, please click on “External” from the Opportunities tab for more information.

SUMMER 2019 INFORMATION SESSIONS
Interested in attending an info session to learn more? Click the links below for more details and to register.
January 29
February 1
February 7
February 11

WHO CAN APPLY?
Everyone! For the majority of Summer Grants, undergraduates who are rising juniors or rising seniors by the start date of the summer opportunity and are actively enrolled at the time they apply are eligible. There is, however, limited funding available for first-year students and graduating seniors. Preference will be given to students with a demonstrated financial need for the majority of grants. Students can only receive a Wesleyan Summer Grant one time during their Wesleyan career. Please review each grant for specific eligibility and requirements.

WHAT TYPES OF GRANTS ARE THERE?
There are many grants that fall into the Wesleyan Summer Grants program—some are very general in nature and would support a variety of different types of opportunities while others are targeted to specific majors, industries, or veterans.

GRANTS WITH AN INTERNSHIP
The following are grant-funded internship opportunities:

  • Child Advocacy Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund: The recipient of this grant is selected for the Lawyers for Children Social Work Interns Program
  • John W. Macy Jr. ’38 Internship: Recipients spend the summer as special interns in the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C.
  • Nancy Campbell Internship in Historic Preservation: Internship with The National Trust for Historic Preservation

    SELECTION CRITERIA
    Applications will be reviewed by the Wesleyan Summer Grants Committee and evaluated on the basis of:                                              
    1. Overall clarity of the proposal (including grammar, spelling, etc.)
    2. Feasibility of the outlined and detailed budget (Sample budget)
    3. Short Statements/Essays: Ability to convey what you hope to learn from the experience and how the opportunity will impact and enhance your career goals
    4. Approved resume

Some grants (the Child Advocacy, the Campbell, Ganbarg, Invisible Men, the Macy, the Miller, and WIJSL) also have additional, supplemental questions and/or required documents. After clicking “Finish and Submit” on your Grants application you will be prompted to move to the Recommended Opportunities page where you will need to apply to each of these individual opportunities to complete the supplemental questions or upload additional documents.

APPOINTMENTS
If you need help getting your resume approved, finding summer opportunities, or would like to review your application materials, please schedule a career advising or drop-in appointment with a staff member from the Gordon Career Center. Appointments can be scheduled online on Handshake, via phone 860-685-2180, or in-person during business hours.

For more information on how to develop your proposal and complete your application, please read our guide on How to Develop a Great Application.

RECEIVING YOUR GRANT
If your proposal is selected to receive funding, you will be notified in early April, and in mid-May, after completing the necessary steps to accept funding, you will receive a check for all of your approved budget. Over the summer you will be required to complete a questionnaire about your experience and write a thank you to your donor(s).

WESLEYAN SUMMER GRANTS OPEN APPLICATION PERIOD: JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 28, 2019
APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE CAN NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Belzberg Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund
The Belzberg Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund was established by Strauss Zelnick ‘79 and Wendy Belzberg in honor of Wendy’s parents....
The Belzberg Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund was...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Child Advocacy Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund
The Child Advocacy Grant is an endowed fund established by a generous anonymous donor that provides grant funding to Wesleyan students with...
The Child Advocacy Grant is an endowed fund established by a generous...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Citrin Family Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience
Established in 2017 by Jim Citrin P’12,’14 and his sons Theodore ’12 and Oliver ’14, the Citrin Family Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund...
Established in 2017 by Jim Citrin P’12,’14 and his sons Theodore ’12 and...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Coburn Military Veterans Summer Experience Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by Gordon ’86 and Susan Coburn, the Coburn Military Veterans Summer Experience Grant Fund provides grants for veterans with...
Established in 2017 by Gordon ’86 and Susan Coburn, the Coburn Military...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) David Schenkein '79, P'08 Endowed Summer Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by David Schenkein ’79, P’08, the David Schenkein ’79, P’08 Endowed Summer Grant Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan...
Established in 2017 by David Schenkein ’79, P’08, the David Schenkein...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Donna S. Morea '76 & Jeffrey D. Chandler P'06 Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience
Established by Donna Morea ‘76 and Jeffrey Chandler P’06, the Morea Chandler Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund provides grant support to...
Established by Donna Morea ‘76 and Jeffrey Chandler P’06, the Morea...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Ellman Family Internship Fund
Established in 2014 by Stuart J. ’88 and Susan Berger ’90 Ellman, the Ellman Family Internship Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan students...
Established in 2014 by Stuart J. ’88 and Susan Berger ’90 Ellman, the...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Ethan S. Bronner '76, P'10 Journalism Grant Award
Established by Richard and Carole Johnson P’18 in honor of Ethan S. Bronner ‘76, P’10, the Ethan S. Bronner ‘76, P’10 Journalism Grant Award...
Established by Richard and Carole Johnson P’18 in honor of Ethan S....
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Fries Internship Fund for Colorado
Supported by Michael T. Fries ’85, the Fries Internship Fund for Colorado provides grants for students who are interested in pursuing opportunities...
Supported by Michael T. Fries ’85, the Fries Internship Fund for...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Ganbarg Internship Program
The Ganbarg Internship Program is an endowed fund established by Pete Ganbarg ‘88 that provides grant funding to encourage and enable Wesleyan...
The Ganbarg Internship Program is an endowed fund established by Pete...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Goldrach Family Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund
Established in 2017 by Anne ‘79 and Alain Goldrach P’12, the Goldrach Family Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund provides grant support to...
Established in 2017 by Anne ‘79 and Alain Goldrach P’12, the Goldrach...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust Summer Grants
Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust Summer Grants Fund, established in 2017, provides resources to students who are majoring or minoring in economics...
Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust Summer Grants Fund, established in...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Hartford Steam Boiler Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant
Established through the Dana Foundation Challenge, the Hartford Steam Boiler Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant is awarded to a student with...
Established through the Dana Foundation Challenge, the Hartford Steam...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
$5,000 Invisible Men Summer Experience Grant
Capitalizing on the positive momentum created by the Black and Latino Brotherhood in the 90s, the Invisible Men organization embraced the name of...
Capitalizing on the positive momentum created by the Black and Latino...
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  • Award: $5,000
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Jeremy R. Serwer '70 Veterans Summer Experience Fund
Supported by Jeremy R. Serwer ’70, the Jeremy R. Serwer ’70 Veterans Summer Experience Fund provides grants for veterans, with demonstrated...
Supported by Jeremy R. Serwer ’70, the Jeremy R. Serwer ’70 Veterans...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Jewett Foundation Endowed Summer Experience Fund
The Jewett Foundation Endowed Summer Experience Fund was established with a grant from the George Frederick Jewett Foundation and is designed to...
The Jewett Foundation Endowed Summer Experience Fund was established...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Joel C. Tillinghast '80 Endowed Wesleyan Summer Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by Joel C. Tillinghast ’80, the Joel C. Tillinghast ’80 Endowed Wesleyan Summer Grant Fund provides grants to Wesleyan...
Established in 2017 by Joel C. Tillinghast ’80, the Joel C. Tillinghast...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) John Plukas Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant
The John Plukas Grant is awarded to a Wesleyan student with demonstrated financial need pursuing a position in the corporate world. This internship...
The John Plukas Grant is awarded to a Wesleyan student with demonstrated...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) John W. Macy Jr. '38 Internship
The John W. Macy, Jr. ’38 Internship was established by family and friends in honor of John Macy ’38. Interns are chosen from the junior class on...
The John W. Macy, Jr. ’38 Internship was established by family and...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Kevin Sanborn '87 Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant
Established in 2002 with gifts from family and friends in memory of Kevin Sanborn ’87, this grant is awarded to Wesleyan students spending the...
Established in 2002 with gifts from family and friends in memory of...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Lynch Family Endowed Internship Grant Fund
Established by Daniel ‘80 and Elizabeth ’80 Lynch P’11, ’14, the Lynch Family Endowed Internship Grant provides grant support to Wesleyan students,...
Established by Daniel ‘80 and Elizabeth ’80 Lynch P’11, ’14, the Lynch...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Military Veterans Summer Experience Fund
Established in 2017 by an anonymous donor, the Military Veterans Summer Experience Fund provides grants for veterans, with demonstrated financial...
Established in 2017 by an anonymous donor, the Military Veterans Summer...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Muzzy Rosenblatt '87 Summer Experience Grant
Established by Lawrence “Muzzy” Rosenblatt ’87, the Muzzy Rosenblatt ’87 Summer Experience Grant provides grant support to Wesleyan students, with...
Established by Lawrence “Muzzy” Rosenblatt ’87, the Muzzy Rosenblatt ’87...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Nancy Campbell Internship in Historic Preservation
In honor and recognition of her national leadership in historic preservation, friends and family of Nancy Campbell, wife of former Wesleyan...
In honor and recognition of her national leadership in historic...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Nazarian Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant
The Nazarian Wesleyan Sumer Experience Grant was established by Seta Nazarian ‘79, P’13 and is awarded to a student with demonstrated financial...
The Nazarian Wesleyan Sumer Experience Grant was established by Seta...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
$5,000 Newman’s Own Internship Grants
Made possible by a gift from Newman’s Own Foundation to Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, these grants support students...
Made possible by a gift from Newman’s Own Foundation to Wesleyan’s...
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  • Award: $5,000
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Norman Ernst Priebatsch Fund for Entrepreneurship
The Norman Ernst Priebatsch Fund for Entrepreneurship provides grant to fund entrepreneurial summer internships or experiences for Wesleyan...
The Norman Ernst Priebatsch Fund for Entrepreneurship provides grant to...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Okrent Memorial Grant for Social Justice (OMG Fund)
The Okrent Memorial Grant for Social Justice, also known as the OMG Fund, was established in memory of Alex Okrent ’05. Alex was dedicated to...
The Okrent Memorial Grant for Social Justice, also known as the OMG...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Orrin Baird '69 Endowed Wesleyan Summer Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by Orrin Baird ’69, the Orrin Baird ’69 Endowed Wesleyan Summer Grant Fund provides grants for students who are interested in...
Established in 2017 by Orrin Baird ’69, the Orrin Baird ’69 Endowed...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Internship Grant
Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship supports students and alumni interested in creating and sustaining programs, businesses,...
Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship supports...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Professor Richard Miller Internship in Business
The Professor Richard Miller Internship in Business was established by several friends to honor the retirement of Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of...
The Professor Richard Miller Internship in Business was established by...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Rayman L. Solomon '68 Fund
Established with gifts from Ray Solomon ’68, the Rayman L. Solomon ’68 Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan students, with demonstrated...
Established with gifts from Ray Solomon ’68, the Rayman L. Solomon ’68...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Rebecca Friendly '11 Internship Endowment Fund
The Rebecca Friendly ’11 Internship Endowment Fund was established by Rebecca Friendly ’11 and her family. After participating in an unpaid...
The Rebecca Friendly ’11 Internship Endowment Fund was established by...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Ruth and Hank Fins Endowed Wesleyan Summer Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by Joseph J. Fins ’82 and Rabbi Amy Ehrlich in honor of Joe’s parents, the Ruth and Hank Fins Endowed Wesleyan Summer Grant...
Established in 2017 by Joseph J. Fins ’82 and Rabbi Amy Ehrlich in honor...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Silverberg-Shapiro Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund
Established in 2016 by Shonni Silverberg ’76 and John Shapiro ’74, the Silverberg-Shapiro Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund provides...
Established in 2016 by Shonni Silverberg ’76 and John Shapiro ’74, the...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Smart Family Foundation Endowed Internship Fund
Established in 2014 by a gift from the Smart Family Foundation, the Smart Family Foundation Internship endowment provides grant support to Wesleyan...
Established in 2014 by a gift from the Smart Family Foundation, the...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Surdna Foundation Internship Program
Established by the Surdna Foundation in the 1980s to help meet the Dana Foundation Challenge, this grant is awarded to a Wesleyan student with...
Established by the Surdna Foundation in the 1980s to help meet the Dana...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) The Charles A. Dana Foundation Summer Grants
In the 1980s, the Dana Foundation established an endowed summer internship program, the Dana Foundation Summer Grants, designed to assist students,...
In the 1980s, the Dana Foundation established an endowed summer...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) The Wesleyan Israel and Jewish Student Life Endowed Program Fund
The Wesleyan Israel and Jewish Student Life Endowed Program Fund was established by anonymous donors to assist students in financing summer...
The Wesleyan Israel and Jewish Student Life Endowed Program Fund was...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Thomas M. Arndt Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant
Established in 1989 in honor of Thomas Arndt ’60, this internship is awarded to a Wesleyan student with demonstrated financial need who has...
Established in 1989 in honor of Thomas Arndt ’60, this internship is...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Wesleyan Summer Grants
Wesleyan Summer Grants provide grant resources to Wesleyan students pursuing summer experiential learning opportunities.
Wesleyan Summer Grants provide grant resources to Wesleyan students...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) William J. Barber Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund
The William J. Barber Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund was established in memory of William J. Barber, the Andrews Professor of...
The William J. Barber Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund was...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Win '65 and Lee Chamberlin Endowed Summer Experience Fund
Established in 2016 by Win ’65 and Lee Chamberlin, the Chamberlin Endowed Summer Experience Fund provides grants for students, with demonstrated...
Established in 2016 by Win ’65 and Lee Chamberlin, the Chamberlin...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Wesleyan Summer Experience Grants
Wesleyan Summer Experience Grants, available to students with demonstrated financial need, assist students in financing summer experiences related...
Wesleyan Summer Experience Grants, available to students with...
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  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)