In order to be eligible for Career Development Bridgeout Support, students must meet the following criteria:
- A Junior or Senior student
- Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Must attend a funding forum event
2019-2020 All funding for Professional Clothing, Conferences, and Graduate School endeavors has been awarded.
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 LSAT page. Students should be planning to attend graduate school within 18 months of taking their exam.
Next Step: if interested in taking an exam, please set up an appointment with Trisha Douin or Amanda Tudor via Handshake. 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.
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. All receipts and a photo must be turned in to our office at the end of the semester.
Professional Conference funding is limited to once per year for juniors and seniors only, with a maximum of twice per academic career. When applying for funding, students need to be mindful that they will be required to attend conferences as a part of a group and must have a Berea College faculty member in attendance or as a sponsor. Students’ should meet with Career Development staff members six weeks before their desired travel dates. Important note: funding is only available for conferences in the 48 contiguous United States. We are unable to provide funding for international conferences.
Graduate School Visit funding is a one-time award that is available to senior students who have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Prior to applying for this funding, students must have taken the required graduate or professional exam required for admission (if one is not required, then this step is waived). Additionally, students must be in contact with a faculty member at the school in which they are planning to visit and must be in the process of applying to the program or that they are planning to visit. Students must be planning to attend graduate school within 18 months of their visit. In order to be eligible, students must have attended a funding forum event.
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.
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 Amanda Tudor, Director of Career Development, already, please email her inquiring about this grant.
If you have not met with Amanda to discuss your career plans, please schedule a 1-1 appointment via Handshake.
Applications can only be obtained from the Director of Career Development.
Other questions? Email Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY 2020 Graduates: Deadline – Friday, May 1, 2020
AUGUST 2020 Graduates: Deadline – Friday, July 31, 2020
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.