Life + Career Design scholarships

Life + Career Design scholarships support students’ experiences in professional work with the goal of advancing their career readiness.

Specifically, the scholarships support students’ living, transportation, and/or other expenses related to engaging in unpaid or underpaid work in an actual work environment. The work may be an internship, undergraduate research experience, extended volunteer experience, or possibly even a part-time job that the student wants to use for their professional development seminar. Students advance their career readiness specifically through an online 1-credit professional development seminar in which they create an e-portfolio to reflect on and describe their preparedness for a career based on their experience in an actual workplace.

Students will submit an updated resume and a budget worksheet outlining need for support and will be awarded funds up to $5,000. Our goal is to give 60 awards for Spring and Fall 2020. 

For spring/summer, applications are due by May 31. For fall, applications are due by August 15. Application decisions are generally made within two weeks.

**NOTE: During the COVID-19 heath crisis, the scholarship application review and approval process will be delayed.  You may still submit your materials and we will review them as we are able. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact Brian Neighbors.


Students must be in good academic standing, pursuing a major in the College of LAS, and returning to campus for 1 regular term.

Summer experiences must span at least 5 weeks, at a minimum of 15 hours/week. Fall or spring experiences must span at least 10 weeks, at a minimum of 5 hours/week.

Potential experiences

Experiences that will be considered for scholarships include:

Potential summer opportunities:

Potential fall opportunities:

If you are interested in getting involved in a professional development opportunity but are uncertain where to start, or if you have questions, visit the Life + Career Design Lab. View Handshake for additional experiences and opportunities