Meet Kathryn Davis's challenge, and your project could receive $10,000.

Kathryn Wasserman Davis turned 100 in February of 2007, and she decided to donate $1 million to American undergraduate students so that their grassroots summer projects could spread a mindset of peace throughout the United States and the world. This year, Dr. Davis has again committed $1 million for use this summer, and you can apply for part of this money!

To be eligible:

  • Applicants should be a current undergraduate student (or group of students) at Gettysburg College.
  • All projects MUST be completed during the summer of 2015.
  • Graduating seniors ARE eligible if they plan to complete their projects during the summer of 2015.
  • It is up to interested students to define what a "project for peace" might be. We hope to encourage creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Projects may be undertaken anywhere and as grassroots as desired, including in the U.S.
  • Davis funding will be limited to $10,000, but projects can apply for and receive funding from other organizations in addition to their Davis funding.

To apply:

  • A student (or group of Gettysburg College students) must prepare a written statement that describes the project (who, what, where, how), including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages) as well as a budget (one separate page).
  • Proposals should include pre-approval of all parties and organizations involved in the project.
  • The two-page proposal and one-page budget should be submitted via email to thoff@gettysburg.edu by January 9, 2015 at 4pm.
  • All communication about applications and proposed projects should be directed to Kim Davidson (kdavidso@gettysburg.edu).

 

 

MATTSON SUMMER EXPERIENCE FUND

Develop an innovative social justice project and you could receive a $3,000 grant!

Established in honor of Rev. Karl J. Mattson, founding director of the Center for Public Service, the Mattson Fund seeks to support innovative social justice projects developed by Gettysburg College students.

To be eligible:

  • Applicants should be a current undergraduate student (or group of students) at Gettysburg College.
  • All projects MUST be completed during the summer of 2015.
  • Graduating seniors ARE eligible if they plan to complete their projects during the summer of 2015.
  • It is up to interested students to define what an "social justice project" might be. We hope to encourage creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Projects may be undertaken anywhere and as grassroots as desired, including in the U.S.
  • Mattson funding will be limited to $3,000, but projects can apply for and receive funding from other organizations in addition to their Mattson funding.

To apply:

  • A student (or group of Gettysburg College students) must prepare a written statement that describes the project (who, what, where, how), including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages) as well as a budget (one separate page).
  • Proposals should include pre-approval of all parties and organizations involved in the project.
  • The two-page proposal and one-page budget should be submitted via email to thoff@gettysburg.edu by January 9, 2015 at 4pm.
  • All communication about applications and proposed projects should be directed to Kim Davidson (kdavidso@gettysburg.edu).

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

2014: Creating Comprehensive Educational and Social Opportunities for Children in Armenia - Mariam Aghayan '17

This project aimed at educating disabled, homeless, and children of war-torn families English, healthy living, computer literacy, and social skills. These objectives were met through provision of high-intensity, interactive workshops during 21 days.



2013: Painted Turtle Farm: Expansion to Create a Campus-Community Hub for Food Justice - Jasmine Colahan '15

By transitioning the Painted Turtle Farm to a community garden and training center, the goals are to enable students and low-income and immigrant community members to work together to share food traditions and grow vegetables while increasing the availability of fresh, culturally-desirable food and developing the Painted Turtle Farm into a campus-community hub for food justice.

 

2012: Engaging Differences in Malawi - Allan Kawala '12

The project challenged the participants to think critically about their own stereotypical behaviors and societal differences and how these social constructions destroy communities. Also, the project charged the participants to engage and embrace different perspectives in order to build real communities—communities that understand the importance of honoring and respecting differences that individuals members have. Watch Videos of the Project.

2011: Street Children's Soccer and Educational Development Program in Durban, South Africa  - Enzo Pinga '11 and Laura Block '11

The project used soccer to promote three main sustainable education goals: to provide an education to street children on current health and social issues that their community faces; to bring together young women who face rape and sexual violence and use their stories to channel gender empowerment; and to help strengthen the bonds between the street children by allowing them to share and creatively think of solutions for the current issues that they face.

 

2010: Literacy in Burkina Faso - Lyudmila Marinova’12, Munyaradzi Choga’12
 
The project promoted literacy in the village of Bougounam in Northern Burkina Faso by providing the necessary resources and acquainting the locals with the concept of library. Our main goal was to instill reading habits mainly in the children and encouraging community participation in helping with the project.