We Act Grants

Scripps College seeks student proposals for projects to occur primarily over the summer of 2018.

Proposals are due on
Friday, March 9, 2018 at 11 p.m.

Program Goals

The Laspa Center We Act grants provide opportunities for students to execute a self-designed project with the goal (1) to transform knowledge, passion, and ideas into action; (2) demonstrate creative and effective problem-solving; (3) create partnership(s) in the public or private sector; and (4) produce outcomes that make a positive impact. Areas of focus include but are not limited to government, politics, the arts, STEM, non-profits and NGO’s, the corporate sector, technology, and education.


Scripps College students who will be returning as enrolled students in the Fall of 2018 are welcome to apply to the We Act Grant in addition to other summer funding opportunities such as the Summer Internship Grants through CP&R, the Johnson or Mellon Summer Research Grants, among others. However, in the event that a student is selected for more than one grant, the student must choose only one to accept.

Application/Implementation Timeline

  • Before submitting an application, students must establish a partnership with the organization they will be working with throughout the summer. It is preferred but not mandatory that students also identify a specific person at the partner organization who will function as their supervisor during the project.
  • The application is due on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 11p.m.
  • Applicants will be notified in late March when semifinalists will be selected
  • In early April semifinalists will be asked to participate in a 30 minute interview with the Laspa Center We Act Grant selection committee.
  • Finalists will be notified in mid April
  • Grant recipients must work on their projects for a minimum of 8 weeks during the summer
  • Grant recipients will present their outcomes at a fall symposium

Other Requirements

  • Projects are not eligible for academic credit.
  • Grant recipients must submit three blog posts throughout the summer that will be published on the Laspa blog on the Laspa Center website.
  • Recipients should be willing to share their experiences in classes, with donors, and other settings on campus as requested.
Types of Awards and Funding
  • Each action grant will provide stipends to students. Student grant recipients will receive between a $2,000 and $4,500 stipend, which should be used to cover summer living and other expenses directly related to completion of the project. The amount allocated to each student will depend on the needs each student indicates in their budget report.

Application components:

Proposals include the following:

  • Project Description
  • Proposed Budget & Budget Justification
  • Letter of support from partner organization

Proposal Content

Proposal Section Proposal should address: Suggested Length
Project Description What issue or problem is being addressed? What are your goals and methods? What activities will address your goals? [1-2 PARAGRAPHS]
Rationale/ Evidence Why is the project important? How do you know it is important, and what is your evidence (i.e., how has the issue or problem been documented and how will success be measured)? What are the conditions or contexts in which the project will be taking place? [1-2 PARAGRAPHS]
Partner Organization Description Describe the organization you plan to partner with. Why did you choose them? What will your role be at the organization? How will your project advance your partner organization’s mission? [1 PARAGRAPH]
Anticipated difficulties What kinds of hurdles or limitations do you expect to encounter? How would you address them? [1 PARAGRAPH]
Timeline of Activities When are activities planned? How can you assure the project will be completed within the proposed timeframe? [1 PARAGAPH]
Outcomes What specific outcomes do you want to achieve? How will your planned activities achieve these outcomes? [1-2 PARAGRAPHS]
Evaluation plan How will you know that you have achieved your outcomes? What kind of evidence will you gather? What kinds of assessments will you use? [1-2 PARAGRAPHS]
Total Successful proposals will generally range from 2 to 3 pages in length.

Budget Narrative and Budget Summary

Please use the table below to organize your proposal’s budget information, or create your own grid using the budget categories below.  Write a brief description of each budget item, then, attach a brief (less than one-page) budget narrative describing and justifying each item in detail. Note that travel requests must be directly related to accomplishing the project.

Budget Summary
Budget Category Brief Description Total Budget

Letter of Support from Partner Organization

Letter should detail activities student will be involved in, level of supervision and consultation that student will receive, and how the student will gain through the experience.

Additional Information

  1. There will be information sessions held throughout February at the Laspa Center (located in Seal Court, next to CP&R) to answer any further questions, exact dates to be determined.
  2. Applicants are encouraged to attend drop-in hours for application assistance hosted by Scholars in Action Samantha Nuno and Sara Bryk throughout February and March in the Laspa Center on Monday: 11 AM-3:30 PM and Wednesday: 11 AM-1 PM.
  3. For any additional questions, applicants can email Samantha or Sara at snuno3055@scrippscollege.edu or sbryk6368@scrippscollege.edu, or stop in at the Laspa Center.