Types of Funds

The Student Support Fund supports a number of situations. Note: To encourage social distancing and to ensure the health of our community, meetings for support funds will be held virtually.

Types of Expenses

This application is to request academic support funds to cover the cost of books, music lessons, course materials, and/or other related educational expenses. In order to assist as many students as possible, this support is capped at $300 per semester per student.

Eligibility

In order to qualify for such funds, students will need to: 1) be exceeding the estimated cost of books and course materials for the particular semester for which they are requesting funds and 2) have consulted with the Financial Aid Office and exhausted all of their loan options for the particular semester. To find out if you are eligible for the Academic Support Funds, follow these steps:

1. Contact the Office of Financial Aid to review your financial aid package. (If it is determined that you have unused financial aid left in your package, you will not qualify for the Academic Support Funds. If it is determined that you do qualify for Academic Support Funds, they will provide confirmation via email to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.)

2. Complete the Academic Support Funds application and then schedule a meeting with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

3. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will process your request and determine the amount to be approved; afterwards, the funds will be applied, as detailed below.

Payment Process

For textbook requests, either a letter will be given to students to be presented at the bookstore upon check out or a more cost effective option will be purchased via a retailer. For music lessons requests, your name will be submitted to the Music Department. (Music lessons, regardless of credit hours, will only be granted to students who have not previously requested funds for this reason and who have exhausted all of their financial aid options.)

Application Renewals

Students will need to submit a new application for each semester for which they are requesting Academic Support Funds. Any changes in personal and/or family circumstances should be reported to the Office of Financial Aid, even mid-semester or mid-year, to determine whether their financial aid package can be adjusted.

Please also note that first-year, international students are not eligible for this fund, given current visa regulations; more information on these regulations is available from the Center for Global Engagement.

COVID-19 Update

To encourage social distancing and to ensure the health of our community, meetings for academic support funds will be held virtually. Additionally, hard copies of letters will not be provided for the upcoming term; rather, approved students will need to do the following: 1) place your textbook order via the Kenyon Bookstore website, 2) provide your K-Card information under the “payment method” section of the checkout process, and 3) indicate the amount that the ODEI will be paying under the “order comments” section of the checkout process (i.e. “the ODEI will be paying for this textbook order”).

Travel Expenses

If you have been accepted to a graduate program, or have secured a job interview and cannot afford travel expenses, you may apply to the Student Support Fund. In order to assist as many students as possible, this support is capped at one graduate placement exam, up to three graduate application fees of up to $300 total, or up to $300 for approved travel.

Placement Exams

For costs related to graduate education, you may request funds for graduate placement exams, such as the MCAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, etc. or graduate school application fees, as long as you have proof of a requested application fee waiver. For graduate school visits, students must have been already accepted and/or invited to the graduate school. Applications for travel costs for job interviews or related travel are also applicable to this fund.

Application

To apply for this support, complete the Student Support Funds application, and a staff member will reach out to you to schedule a meeting with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Please note that the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion reserves the right to make decisions on requests to the Student Support Fund on a case-by-case basis, due to the unique circumstances of each individual situation.

COVID-19 Update

To encourage social distancing and to ensure the health of our community, meetings for these funds will be held virtually.

Eligible Expenses

If you have secured a professional development opportunity (internship, conference, interview, job, networking event, etc.) but lack the proper attire to participate, you may apply to the Student Support Funds. In order to assist as many students as possible, this support is capped at $250 total.

The professional attire fund is limited to the following: suits, slacks, blazers, dresses, blouses, skirts, formal cardigans, dress shoes, ties, etc. Accessories, including purses, portfolios, jewelry, watches, etc. does not qualify for support.

Application

To apply for this support, complete the Student Support Funds application, and a staff member will reach out to you to schedule a meeting with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. At this meeting, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion requires you to provide proof of your professional development opportunity. If approved, a staff member will work with you to determine the specific items to be purchased.

Please note that the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion reserves the right to make decisions on requests to the Student Support Fund on a case-by-case basis, due to the unique circumstances of each individual situation.

COVID-19 Update

To encourage social distancing and to ensure the health of our community, meetings for these funds will be held virtually.

Students may also apply to the Student Support Fund for unexpected and/or everyday expenses that come throughout the year. Some examples of these needs are provided below.

Please note that the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion reserves the right to make decisions on requests to the Student Support Fund on a case-by-case basis, due to the unique circumstances of each individual situation and to assist as many students as possible.

Winter Clothing

Students who cannot afford proper winter gear, may apply to the Student Support Fund to receive funding for outerwear. Outerwear is limited to winter boots, gloves, scarves, coats and jackets. Items outside of these categories will not qualify for the Student Support Fund.

Emergency Travel Home

Students who experience an unexpected family tragedy or need support for medically recommended travel but cannot afford the travel expenses, may apply to the Student Support Fund.

Travel to Columbus

Students who demonstrate financial challenges may apply to the Student Support Fund for assistance with costs related to travel to the Columbus airport (CMH) or Greyhound Bus station for breaks or for medically recommended appointments. For winter and summer breaks, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will only purchase tickets for the Gambier Coach and/or the GoBus.

Everyday Needs

Students who demonstrate financial challenges for everyday needs may apply to the Student Support Fund. Examples of requests include but are not limited to the following: toiletries, laundry detergent, medication for temporary illness, bedding, etc.

COVID-19 Update

To encourage social distancing and to ensure the health of our community, meetings for these funds will be held virtually.

The Kenyon Summer Internship Stipend provides students who qualify for need-based financial aid with the opportunity to accept unpaid internships. The fund will be used to assist a small number of students with necessary living expenses to complete an internship.

Covered Expenses

This fund helps cover costs associated with food, travel, lodging, and professional attire necessary to successfully to complete the internship. After completing the internship, all recipients of the internship stipend are required to complete a reflection project to be shared with the campus community. Examples may include posters, PowerPoints, digital stories, etc. 

Eligible Internships

- Internship(s) must be unpaid. 

- Recipients must work a minimum of 240 hours over the summer period. If necessary, students may work two unpaid internships to fulfill this requirement.

- Internships must not be with a candidate for public office’s political campaign. Further, internships must not be with an organization that has a purpose of or that requires the student as a function of his or her internship to participate or intervene, directly or indirectly, in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

Eligibility to Apply

- Recipient of need-based financial aid

- Current student for the duration of the internship (enrolled for fall semester)

- Confirmation of hire for an unpaid internship working a minimum of 240 hours

- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

- Be in good standing during the semesters preceding your internship. Good standing means 1. you have no pending academic or judicial proceedings, 2. you have not engaged in conduct for which the College would initiate academic or judicial proceeding.

International Students 

If you are an international student interested in applying for funds, please contact  a member of Center for Global Engagement staff to discuss work authorization.

International Travel Alerts & Advisories

Applicants are encouraged to pursue internships outside of their home countries, however, Kenyon does not support, fund, or sponsor student internships in countries that are on the Travel Advisory List levels 3 and 4 or the OFAC Sanctions list. It is the responsibility of the applicant to review travel warnings and OFAC sanctions prior to applying for an internship outside of the United States. Funding may be rescinded if a country is placed on either of these lists after the application has been approved.

How to Apply

Beginning in January, students may apply through the student employment website, Handshake. Search under internships for the application.  

Application Requirements

- Professional Resume

- Professional Cover Letter indicating internship connection to academic and non-academic experiences

- Copy of offer letter from employer including number of hours you will be working (240 hour minimum). View a sample offer letter.

- Budget Proposal (attached to online application in Handshake)

Application Deadlines

Deadlines for 2021 applications are currently to be determined.

Only complete applications with all four required documents will be considered. This is a competitive application and quality of application materials will also be taken into consideration.