The Dorothy Lloyd Gilbert Awards for English majors provide financial assistance to deserving English majors for career planning and preparation. There are two separate award categories: the Summer Practicum Award and the Post Graduate Award. The Summer Practicum Award is for rising seniors wishing to pursue further study or internship work in the summer before their final year at Guilford; the Post Graduate Award is for graduating seniors wishing to pursue post-grad study or some other vocational discernment activity crucial to the transition from student to professional. The awards total $25,000.00, with the amount of each individual award determined by the requests of winning applications.
These awards are offered because a generous alumna recognizes the value of academic and professional experiences that enhance opportunities for personal growth and enrichment. The awards are intended to aid English majors in making the transition from student into a career built upon skills learned as an English major at Guilford College. These awards are also intended to foster community and networking within the English major and Guilford College alumni and carry with them the responsibility to help mentor a new cadre of English majors toward their dream careers.
Summer Practicum Award
Eligibility is open to all English majors with junior status heading into their final year at Guilford (rising seniors). The award must be used in the summer following the application—and the project undertaken must be completed by the beginning of the fall semester. As such, the Summer Practicum Award is intended to support projects that will provide career preparation and aid in the vocational discernment process. Individual grants in this category are expected to range between $500 – $2,000. Applicants must clearly state how you will use the funds, the relevance of the project to your English major, how your project will further your vocational goals and why you are deserving of the award.
Past Summer Practicum proposals were awarded funds for:
Taking a particular course not offered at Guilford but essential to preparing for graduate school application to programs in English, creative writing or literature;
Undertaking an internship;
Formally working as a literacy volunteer or teaching assistant to see if this career path is for you;
Gaining a certificate or specialized training that will help you blend your writing skills with technology, medical, financial or legal fields.
Eligibility is open to all graduating seniors with an English major, including those who have already graduated in the previous December. Post Graduation Award applications are welcomed from students who were awarded the Summer Practicum Award as rising seniors, but no preference will be given to these applicants. The award is meant to be used after graduation and the project undertaken should have clear boundaries. This award is meant to support an English major’s transition from student to professional and to help students translate the skills they have learned as English majors into enter a career of their dreams. Individual grants in this category are expected to range between $2000 -$5,000. Applicants must clearly state how the funds will be used, the relevance of the project to the English degree, how your project will further vocational goals and why this project is deserving of the award.
Past Post-Graduation proposals were awarded funds for students who:
decided to pursue a career in teaching and needed to fulfill the fifth year student-teaching requirement or wanted to teach abroad;
required supplemental income to take on a post-graduate internship or non-paying fellowship;
enrolled in a graduate or certificate program in a field related to English or writing;
pursued an apprenticeship in a specialized area of writing: medical, technical, legal, Web or financial writing.
Important notes for both award categories
We will only consider concrete, well-defined projects with built-in external accountability from a sponsoring agency, non-profit organization, university or residency program. If the nature or viability of your proposed project changes between application and award, the grant may be withheld or cancelled at the discretion of the committee and donor. Thus, it is important to clearly articulate a “back-up” plan if you are awaiting acceptance into an internship, residency or other competitive program for which you will apply the Gilbert Award.
Interested applicants should complete the attached application and include an essay, observing the page limits. A committee, including the donor, will evaluate the applications giving consideration to the following criteria: project viability, quality and coherence of the written proposal, relevance to skills learned while an English major and the strength of the entire application. (Handwritten, incomplete, inaccurate or late applications will not be accepted.)
This application consists of three parts:
Educational Objectives Essay: This is a two to three page formal essay proposal, detailing your project and how it will help you transition from earning an English degree to life beyond Guilford College. You should also be explicit about how the award would further your vocational objectives and should discuss the outcomes or end results of this project and/or grant.
*It is important that your name appear only on the application page and not on the essay or budget, as the committee seeks blind submissions. Be sure to identify whether you are applying for a Summer Practicum or Post-Graduate award.
Please submit completed application no later than 5:00 p.m., March 15 to:
Director, The Career and Community Learning Center
5800 West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27410
Award recipients will be notified by April 10.
If your proposal is chosen, you will be expected to make regular progress reports, and provide a final project assessment, before receiving the last portion of funding. The Dorothy Lloyd Gilbert Award is also meant to encourage greater community-building and networking between alumni and current students in the English major. Thus, you will be expected to participate in a Gilbert Award alumni event or to act as an online mentor for other graduating English majors in the following year.