The Adventure Learning Grant is a $15,000 stipend awarded annually to each of 3 Fairhaven students so that they may travel abroad to enrich their education with intellectual risk, challenge, and adventure.
Applicants must have completed two quarters at Fairhaven by the end of the quarter in which they apply. Students entering Fairhaven in the summer are eligible to apply fall quarter. Applications are typically due annually in early November. See deadlines for more information.
In Study Abroad programs, institutions make logistical arrangements, plan curricula and programs, and establish expectations and evaluation criteria for achievement. Students pay tuition and receive full credit. In an Adventure Learning Grant, recipients decide where they will go, how and when; what they will do and with whom; and what it all means, both at the time and in retrospect. Students register for only 1 credit per quarter to maintain access to WWU services.
The emphasis on independence and flexibility is highly unusual, but two programs share some similarities and you might find their websites useful. The Adventure Learning Grant was inspired in part by the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The following language from the Watson website could be used to describe the Adventure Learning Grant:
The grant requires that you remain outside of the United States (or home country, if different from the U.S.) for at least 10 months, and you are restricted from going to countries under U.S. State Department travel warnings or under U.S. Treasury Embargo. You may choose any other destination or destinations, but please note selection criteria that emphasize the extent to which your proposal will challenge your perspectives and expose you to cultures different from those with which you are familiar. For that reason, proposals for Canada, Western Europe, and Australia/New Zealand may be less competitive.
The purpose of the grant is to afford you the opportunity of leaving the comfort of your native language, culture, and institutional frameworks in order to learn something about the range of human experience and culture.
One of the Adventure Learning Grant's goals is to help embody challenge and adventure as integral to a Fairhaven education. Your presence in classes and in the life of the community over the course of the year is a powerful manifestation of that goal.
Consider the Adventure Learning Grant as an opportunity to put local issues in a global context, to appreciate the reality of other people's lives, and to gain insight into the complexity of world problems. The things you learn about yourself and the world will no doubt enhance your effectiveness as a leader and problem solver in the future.
Applicants must have completed two quarters at Fairhaven by the end of the quarter in which they apply. Students entering Fairhaven in the summer are eligible to apply fall quarter.
The committee is composed of Fairhaven faculty (including the dean), alumni, and previous recipients of the Adventure Learning Grant.
No, this is not an academic program. Your proposed topic will provide a focus for your experience; it should allow you to gain experience, insight, and awareness but you will not be expected to produce a product.
No. The Adventure Learning Grant is an independent project. It aims to afford you the opportunity to learn about yourself and others in a way that may only be possible when traveling alone over an extended period of time.
No. You may choose to put yourself in a position where you might learn something about how other people solve their own problems, but your proposal will raise questions if it suggests that you have answers to other cultures' problems.
For more information about the Adventure Learning Grants and the application and selection process or to discuss your particular project ideas, contact Professor John Tuxill.
Electronic sources are invaluable but you also need to consider who does and does not have access to the Internet. You will no doubt develop criteria for evaluating web sites and other information as you seek appropriate connections. Cast your net widely; let everyone know of your interest. The more broadly you inquire, the more likely you will be to experience the serendipity of things coming together from unlikely sources.
An existing organization may provide you with a place to start but if it defines your entire time abroad it may curtail your ability to experience and explore.
Persons with dependents may apply but the project is intended to be an individual project and the grant does not provide a dependents' allowance.
Yes. You may find, however, that visits interrupt the impact of the experience.
You need to speak with someone from Student Accounts before you go to make arrangements so that your student loans do not go into default.
You are required to register for one credit during the period of your Adventure Learning Grant. Tuition and fees may be paid from your grant. You may also use grant funds for language study but not for other forms of tuition or training.
Grant recipients will be expected to have some form of health and perhaps evacuation insurance. This may be paid for from your grant.
The grant is taxable as personal income, but you may spread the tax burden over two years by taking the stipend in quarterly installments.
Consult a tax specialist and review IRS Publication 970 for complete information. In short, though, grant and scholarship income is taxable if it is in excess of qualified expenses. While you must report your income on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), grant and scholarship income in excess of qualified expenses counts as an income inclusion reportable on the FAFSA Worksheet C. So, while you may owe tax on a portion of your grant, the income will not affect your financial aid eligibility the following year.
In formulating proposals and carrying out activities under a grant, you are expected to make common sense judgments about possible indicators of risk such as State Department travel warnings, political unrest and disease. This is a good topic to explore in a conversation. See Help below.
"Economic collapse and transition in the wake of the Soviet collapse brought substantial changes for household structures and livelihoods, and I wanted to understand how these changes have impacted women in Tajikistan."
(Adventure Learning Grant Recipient, 2006-7)
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