UDAA Academic Enrichment Awards

Academic Enrichment Awards were created in 2001 by the University of Delaware Alumni Association (UDAA) to provide opportunities for legacy students to enrich their education at the University through financial assistance.

"Legacy" is defined as a student who has a verifiable parent or step-parent who is a UD graduate.

Up to $2,000 per individual may be awarded to allow students to take part in opportunities outside of the traditional classroom in which the student may not otherwise be able to participate. These opportunities to enrich the UD experience may include, but are not limited to, academic competitions, research or program-related presentations, leadership conferences, research, service-learning, such as UDaB, or other academic endeavors. Receipts must be submitted to verify expenses for all money received.

Retroactive applications will not be considered. All programs must be completed prior to a student’s graduation from UD.

Only Legacy students are eligible to receive funding. No exceptions to this policy will be made. Furthermore, Registered Student Organizations are not eligible to apply.

Applications will be considered during April of the 2019-2020 year, according to the following schedule:

Apply by:
November 15, 2019
March 1, 2020
Notified via email by:
December 8, 2019
March 31, 2020

UDAA Academic Enrichment Award Criteria

Please read this website carefully as guidelines and criteria have changed!

Please answer the following questions before completing an AEA application. Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements or that include requests for items not included in the funding guidelines will not be forwarded to the review committee for consideration.

A reminder that all applicants MUST be a Legacy student, which means the applicant's mother, father, or step-parent graduated from UD. Your legacy status will be verified prior to any funding allocation.

If you answer 'Yes' to any of these statements or questions, you are not eligible to apply:

* Neither of my parents (or step parents) are graduates of the University.
* Is your overall GPA lower than a 3.0?
* Does your request take place after your graduation from UD?
* Is your request a traditional study abroad program without additional service learning or undergraduate research?
* Will you earn credit for the program you are requesting funding for?
* Are you asking to be reimbursed or will the program take place prior to the notification date of the round in which you applied?
* Is the destination you are traveling to listed on the US State Department’s travel warning page?
* Does your request include any of the following expenses: food, tuition costs, salaries or any payments to individuals, alcohol, hardware or equipment such as computers, musical instruments or camcorders?

Preference is given to:

* First-time applicants
* Undergraduate students
* Programs with a higher likelihood of bringing positive attention to UD, the UDAA or the applicant
* Students who are sharing the cost of the program or are utilizing other funding sources

How to Apply

1.) Download and complete the Individual Application

2.) Attach an essay, not to exceed two pages, explaining why you are a good candidate for the award and how the program relates to your program of study, educational and long-term goals. Also include details on your legacy connection and why your legacy connection to UD means so much to you.

3.) Include, in essay or otherwise, a detailed description of the program, conference, competition, etc., for which you are requesting funding. If you are presenting at a conference or symposium or are receiving an award please include a copy of the agenda or some other form of verification.

4.) Download and complete the Expense Form to help you calculate the amount of your request. Include documentation that verifies the cost of the program (i.e. website printouts, quotes from travel agents, mileage estimates for gas costs from website, etc). The committee needs to see how your costs are calculated and where the estimates came from. Rent or hotel charges will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

5.) Attach one letter of reference from your faculty advisor or a member of the UD community who endorses your proposal and how you would use the award. Reference letters from outside UD may be submitted as additional support.

5.) Attach an unofficial or official copy of your transcript.

If the opportunity you are applying for is either an individual off-campus UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH or SERVICE-LEARNING project that is not sponsored by the University, additional steps in the application process may be necessary before the application can be submitted to the UDAA/Office of Development & Alumni Relations for consideration. Please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (302) 831-2341 for more information.

Award Examples

Examples of recent programs receiving individual awards include:

* Trip to Nepal with Club buildOn to build a school for the local community
* One week intensive jazz workshop in Croatia
* Volunteer medical project to Cusco, Peru with International Volunteer HQ

The UDAA carefully reviews every application for an Academic Enrichment Award in accordance with the criteria listed on this website. As funding is limited, all eligible individuals may not receive an award. The decision of the AEA Committee as to whether to grant an award is final. The UDAA reserves the right to determine the criteria for awarding AEA funding.

For additional information please email alumni-association@udel.edu.

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