Grants for Engaged Learning


Interested students should contact with questions or to request an application.

At Sweet Briar, we believe that the best way to learn is to DO. That’s why we’ve begun offering Grants for Engaged Learning.

These grants — awards of up to $2,000 during a student’s time at Sweet Briar — support a variety of experiential learning opportunities including research projects, artistic endeavors, entrepreneurial activities, travel, internships, job shadowing and more. Projects can be broadly imagined and should align with academic or career interests. To apply, students write a formal proposal that includes a description of the project and their goals, as well as a detailed timeline and budget. At the end of their project, students submit a brief report of their work.

The Student Advancement Committee, along with the Director of Career Services, evaluates proposals and makes funding recommendations. Awards are selected based on the quality of the proposal, the merits of the project, the alignment of goals to project activities, and the alignment of budget to purpose. For projects that are not funded, students are encouraged to take feedback from the committee and resubmit a revised proposal for a subsequent deadline.

Students are strongly encouraged to seek advice from faculty members when drafting proposals. Information sessions with members of the Student Advancement Committee are an additional opportunity to get informal project critiques. Students are required to have a faculty member outside of the Student Advancement Committee review their proposal, though projects are not required to have a faculty supervisor. A select number of superlative proposals are awarded the distinction of being named Pannell Grants for Engaged Learning.

Program Details

  • Students are eligible to apply beginning in their 2nd year at Sweet Briar.
  • Transfer students are eligible to apply after completing at least one 12-week session.
  • Students should have a GPA above 2.0.
  • Students from all majors are eligible.
  • Students do not need to be a part of the Honors Program to apply.
  • Students may receive funding twice, so long as the total requested is no more than $2,000.
  • In the proposal, the student selects the term when awarded funds are made available through the student’s account.
  • When funds are dispersed for the fall semester, a final report (final narrative, receipts, etc.) is due on the last day of fall classes (12-week term). When funds are dispersed in the spring semester, a final report is due either by the last day of classes (3-week term) for projects without a summer component or by August 10th for projects with a summer component.
  • If an adequate report is not submitted, the student will be charged for the disbursed funds against her student account.
  • Using funds outside the scope of the project may be an honor code violation.
  • Want to access the full Canvas site for the Grant for Engaged Learning? Email the program contact, Hank Yochum, at or call 434-381-6357.

Proposal Deadlines

  • Feb. 1 — Complete application due, funding decisions communicated by Feb. 15
  • March 30 — Complete application due, funding decisions communicated by April 15