Career Development Bridgeout Support

Funding Deadline for Spring Term is May 14th at 4:00 pm. Funding will resume in the fall following the deadline.

In order to be eligible for Career Development Bridgeout Support, students must be a junior or senior student according to the registrar.

Professional clothing funding is a one-time $350 award. To be eligible students must first attend the semi-annual fashion show. Students will be required to purchase a professional suit followed by business casual clothing.

Step 1: Attend Dress for Success: Fashion Show Event

Step 2: Purchase Clothing & Turn in Receipts via Moodle

Juniors and Seniors can receive paid access to professional association memberships, LinkedIn Premium subscriptions, or other paid job search sites to help reach their future career goals! Funding amounts vary based on membership charges, up to $150.

Step 1: Research how you want to use this funding to further your career.

Step 2: Schedule an Appointment via Handshake with Chantal.

Step 3: Turn in receipts via Moodle

Professional exam funding is a one-time award. Limited funding is available for materials and one exam of the students’ choosing: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, PCAT, and OAT. Note: if requesting funds for MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, or LSAT exam, faculty recommendation is required. See the pre-health and pre-law pathways. Students should be planning to attend graduate school within 18 months of taking their exams. Our office will first provide you with exam study materials. Depending on your specific exam, we will then assist you in registering. If interested in the GRE, we require that you take a practice exam before exam purchase requests. You can find that practice exam here.

Step 1: Schedule an appointment via Handshake with Chantal.

Step 2: Turn in receipts via Moodle.

Application funding is available to seniors (up to $300). Prior to applying for this funding, students must have taken the required graduate or professional exam required for admission. Students must provide proof that they requested application fee waivers from each of the schools in which they are applying. This funding cannot be used to cover the cost of sending exam scores to schools.

Step 1: Ask for Fee Waivers from Schools

Step 2: Schedule an Appointment via Handshake

Step 3: Turn in Receipts via Moodle

Grant Information & Eligibility

Through a generous bequest of longtime Berea College professor and chair of Home Economics (now the Child and Family Studies Program), Mrs. Marjorie Gabbard-Hylton, Career Development can offer a limited number of graduating seniors assistance in paying for expenses related to job interview processes and the full-time employment process following graduation.

To be eligible, students must hold senior classification and be scheduled to graduate during the current academic year. At the request of the donor, students who demonstrate financial need (based on current FAFSA Expected Family Contribution) will be given preference in funding. Each eligible applicant can request up to $500 of support from the Gabbard-Hylton Fund. Requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding remains.


Types of Grants:
Funding for Job Interview(s)

To receive assistance in paying for expenses related to a job interview(s), you must be interviewing for a full-time, permanent, professional, career-related position. You must provide supporting documentation of the interview, including a copy of the job description, the correspondence with the organization/company describing the details of your interview, and the following information:
job title, name of the company, location, and date/time of interview.

Funding for Job Relocation
To receive assistance in paying for expenses related to relocation for full-time, permanent, professional, career-related position, you must provide supporting documentation that includes a copy of the official correspondence from the hiring organization/company. It must verify the full-time position, the name of the organization/company, the location, and your start date.

How to apply:
Seniors interested in job interview(s) or job relocation funding must submit an application with supporting documentation, as noted above. If you have met with Chantal Nizigiyimana, Career Development Associate, already, please email her inquiring about this grant.
If you have not met with Chantal to discuss your career plans, please schedule a 1-1 appointment via Handshake.
Applications can only be obtained from the Career Development Associate.
Other questions? Email Chantal at

Question: What is the process for preparing for and taking the GRE due to the COVID-19 quarantine?

Answer: ETS is now offering the GRE online, see here for more details

Question: How can the college assist in covering graduate & professional school application fees?

Answer: Funding requests can be made during a Zoom appointment with our staff. During meetings, we always have a conversation to see where you are and what types of funding you need. Specifically, for application fees, we require that students ask for fee waivers from the institutions they are applying to.

Question: I missed the virtual Funding Forum. Can I still get funding?

Answer: Please email to be linked to a recorded version of the event.

Office Hours

8am – 5pm and by appointment (via Handshake)

Drop-in Hours

Internships: MW 3-5pm
Career Development: MWF 3-5pm

Office Location

Stephenson Hall–Room 308
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