Nine members of the class of 2000 will be pursuing their dreams this summer care of the Martin Dale Scholarship.
Martin A. Dale '53 provides this grant to enable students to engage in a summer project of their own design without financial burden.
"The first thing we look for is following Mr. Dale's wishes that this be a transformative experience for the students," said Master of Wilson College Miguel Centeno. "This is not meant to improve a resume or academic record."
"We look for a self-generated proposal. It has to be something that the student is passionate over and has thought deeply about," said Assistant Dean of the College Harold McCulloch. "There should be no direct connection to academic or JP work for it is meant for significant personal growth," he added.
Sarah Gaines '00, an award winner who will be mapping in New Zealand this summer, said, "I am probably going to be a geo major and get a certificate in art, and I love to go hiking and backpacking, so this is a way of combining three very important things in my life."
"It seems like an opportunity that I could not pass up," Gaines added.
Administrators of the residential colleges evaluated all of the students' proposals.
"Each college handles its own nominees and picks its top winner through interviews and proposals evaluated by the director of studies, the master of the college and faculty fellows within each college," McCulloch said.
"The award pays a $3,000 stipend and covers the summer earnings of candidates on financial aid," McCulloch said. However, McCulloch explained that the students' financial situations are not taken into consideration when evaluating the quality of their proposals.
Following their summer projects, the award recipients attend a fall banquet at Prospect House with Dale to talk about their experiences.
McCulloch said this is "one of the most exciting and interesting opportunities offered by any college in the nation."