Fellowships For College Students With A Yen For Travel

College students with a yen for travel and adventure have until this Friday to apply for fellowships through the Michael P. Metcalf Memorial Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

College freshmen, sophomores and juniors from Rhode Island can get up to $5,000 for self-designed enrichment projects that include travel. Over the years, the Foundation has helped more than 100 students visit sites from Appalachia to Zaire. Past recipients have performed at a classical music festival in Rome, done a medical internship in Tanzania and volunteered at a Costa Rican orphanage.

The goal is to broaden student perspectives and enhance personal growth. You can travel in this country or aboard as well as do an internship or public service program. Grants cannot be used for standard semester-abroad programs or for post-graduate travel.

You can attend an out-of-state college, but you must be a legal resident of Rhode Island. Grants are not intended to be used to buy equipment or for other similar expenses.

Applications must include a thorough description of the proposed activities, demonstrate clear purpose and show financial need. They will be evaluated on clarity and thoughtfulness, creativity, motivation, evidence of self-direction and initiative and financial need. At the conclusion of your travels, you must submit a final report describing the value of your experience in furthering your long-term goals.

The Christine T. Grinavic Adventurer’s Funds supplements the Metcalf Fellowships. The fund honors the memory of Grinavic, a University of Rhode Island graduate and 2001 Metcalf Fellowship recipient who was lost at sea in 2007.








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