The Excellence in Experiential Learning (ExcEL) Scholar Award program is a pilot effort designed to provide gap funding support to undergraduates who want to build hands-on educational experiences into their Dominican University careers.

Students who wish to pursue or design an internship, community-based learning, independent research, study away, study abroad, or entrepreneurial project that will accelerate their professional growth, deepen their scholarly knowledge, and / or actively engage as citizens of the world may apply for awards of up to $2000. During the Fall of 2018, up to $20,000 in awards will be made available to successful applicants.

What the ExcEL Scholar Awards cover:

The ExcEL Scholar Awards are intended to help students fund the gap between the resources they have and the resources they will need to make a transformative experiential learning opportunity possible.

Fundable budget items may include (but are not limited to):
  • Study Abroad, Study Away, or Alternative Break Immersion program fees;
  • Travel-related expenses (plane ticket, room and board, immunizations);
  • Stipends for unpaid internships, civic engagement or research projects;
  • Living expenses for an unpaid or away-from-home research or internship project;
  • Research or project materials.

The Academic Enrichment Center welcomes applications for the ExcEL Scholar awards from all current Dominican University undergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree who have:

  • earned at least 45 credits toward their degrees (at least 15 earned at DU),
  • achieved a grade point average that meets the requirements of the program,
  • have shared their proposals with faculty sponsors who will endorse them, and
  • have identified an experience that must take place a) between May 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 and b) prior to her or his graduation.
Criteria and Priorities

ExcEL Scholar award applications will be evaluated for how well they:

  • Explain meaningful connections between the experience the student proposes to pursue and the future paths she or he envisions for her- or himself,
  • Define achievable learning goals (the skills, competencies, and/or ways of looking at the world) the student seeks to achieve through the experience;
  • Present a realistic budget, including a clear evaluation of what funds students will be able to contribute or draw from other resources, and an explanation of how the ExcEL award will help bridge financial gaps

The financial need of students, verified through the Office of Financial Aid, will also be taken into consideration by the Award Designation Committee.

Preference will be given to those applicants who have not yet received an ExcEL Scholar Award.

Students can learn about the awards and application process at the Information Sessions listed below.

Information Sessions
Wednesday, September 26

3:20-4:10 p.m., Lewis Lounge

Thursday, September 27

2:30-3:20 p.m., Lewis Lounge

Tuesday, October 2

2:30-3:20 p.m., Lewis 212

Thursday, October 4

2:30-3:20 p.m., Lewis 212

Information Table
Wednesday, October 10

11:30-1:00 p.m., Lewis Alcove

Dates to Remember
September 17, 2018:

Application period for the ExcEL Scholar Awards opens

October 15, 2018:

Application period closes

November 20, 2018:

Designation of ExcEL Scholar Award Winners

To Learn More and Apply

The application can be accessed on or after September 17, 2018. Current qualifying students should enroll in the Canvas site by clicking the following link:

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