The Sloane Shelton Independent Arts and Humanities Grant

Summer 2021 Sloane Shelton Arts and Humanities Grants

Sloane Shelton Arts and Humanities Grants provide generous funding to support Berea students pursuing transformative and immersive off-campus experiences in the arts and humanities. Grants may be used to pursue special learning opportunities such as special courses, seminars, workshops, and residency programs, as well as internships approved by the Office of Internships.  Grants generally range between $5000 and $15,000 for opportunities with a duration of four weeks to three months. These opportunities must occur during the summer of 2021 (that is, between May 22 and August 15).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, international Sloane Shelton grants will not be possible for Berea students in summer 2021.
Proposals for projects taking place in the USA will be accepted for established programs with clearly articulated COVID protocols.

Are you eligible to apply?

Students must be in good standing.  If a student selected for a grant is placed on probation of any kind prior to leaving campus, the student will forfeit the grant.

Seniors graduating in May or August 2021 are not eligible; a student must return to campus for a full fall term after receiving a Sloane Shelton.

F-1 international students may apply.

DACA students may propose experiences and should consult with the College’s DACA Point Person, Gwendolyn Ferreti, prior to submitting a proposal.

Non-U.S. citizens, who neither hold an F-1 visa nor a DACA card, should consult with the Director of International Education, Richard Cahill, about their options before applying.

Selection is based on an application process that asks students to demonstrate imagination, creativity, maturity, and thoughtful reflection about how this grant will contribute to their learning, both now and in the future.

Interested students should:

  • Complete the Sloane Shelton Summer 2021 Application and submit a Proposal Essay of 300-600 words as MS Word Document, via email to Sloane_shelton@berea.edu. The Proposal Essay should briefly describe the experience and explain why it would be transformative for the applicant.  All students who receive a Sloane Shelton Grant will be required to write a letter to the donor, indicating the positive impact of the opportunity. Students will also be asked to write an evaluative letter about the experience as we seek to develop positive relationships with organizations that may be able to provide excellent opportunities for future Sloane Shelton recipients. Students may also be asked to make a presentation on their experience in the fall of each year after their Sloane Shelton funded experience. More details will be provided once students receive this grant. Applications are due no later than March 26, 2021.
  • Meet with their academic advisor or another faculty member to discuss their proposed project prior to March 19, 2021.  The faculty member should then complete the Sloane Shelton Endorsement Form, and email it to Sloane_shelton@berea.edu by March 26, 2021.

After thoroughly reading this page and the application form carefully, if you still have remaining questions and would like to discuss the application process, please contact either Richard Cahill (Richard_Cahill@berea.edu) or Esther Livingston (gowlers@berea.edu).