Western Kentucky University

Office of Scholar Development

Lifetime Experience Grant Program

Applications due Monday, March 24

The Lifetime Experience Grant program, funded with the generous support of the WKU Sisterhood, is open to students in all majors across all campuses. It is designed to help students become more competitive for national scholarships by supporting research, international study, creative activities, student-led engagement efforts, or other scholarly activities. The goal of the grant program is to fund unique experiences where students will be engaged in their disciplines outside of the classroom. These grants are meant to allow students to pursue their big dreams, attain their academic and professional goals, and increase their competitiveness for national scholarships.

In the past, students have used these grants to pursue internships in their field in the U.S. and abroad, gain training in their discipline not available at WKU, complete service projects in the U.S. and abroad, and conduct research. Recipients must meet with an adviser in the Office of Scholar Development and apply for a national or international scholarship. Additionally, students must present their projects at the WKU Student Research Conference or another appropriate venue.

Students may apply for up to $3,000. Applicants wishing to use the funds for Summer or Fall 2014 must apply by March 24, 2014. Applicants wishing to use the funds for Winter 2014/2015 or Spring 2015 must apply in Fall 2014.

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  1. Must be enrolled at WKU with at least one full semester left to complete
  2. Must have a 3.5 GPA
  3. Must be planning to apply for a nationally competitive scholarship
  4. Must be able to demonstrate how LTE funding would increase one's competitiveness for one or more national scholarships

Please note:

  • The LTE Grant Program is not intended to fund coursework in the U.S. or abroad. Students seeking funding for study abroad should indicate how they will be engaged in their disciplines outside of the classroom through internships or research.
  • The LTE Grant is not a travel grant. Student may include conference travel in their budgets; however, conference participation should not be the focus of the proposal.

Application Instructions

Complete applications include the proposal coversheet, a proposal narrative, a budget, and one faculty evaluation. Applicants should email the coversheet, proposal narrative, and budget as a single attachment to osd@wku.edu. Faculty evaluators should email the evaluation form to the same address.

Proposal Narrative: Write a one-page detailed proposal narrative (at least 11-point font) that includes the following information: the objectives of the project, approach or methodology, expected results, and significance.

  1. The Objectives of the Project: In a few sentences provide an overview of your project accessible to a general reader.
  2. Approach (Methodology): Describe the overall approach you will take. Explain what you intend to do and how you intend to do it.
  3. Expected Results: What do you expect to produce, learn, or create?
  4. Significance: Describe the significance or value of your project. Articulate how this experience connects with your national scholarship goals.

Download Application Materials:

Application Instructions

Application Coversheet

Budget Form

Faculty Evaluation Form

 Last Modified 3/14/14