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Nazareth College offers SPARK grant for experiential learning

Nazareth College has unveiled its Students Pursuing Academic and Real-world Knowledge grant this month, officials said.

The SPARK grant is a pilot program slated to launch in January and provide eligible students with $1,500 for internships or study abroad opportunities.

“The goal of the program is to invest in our students and encourage opportunities for real-world learning,” said Daan Braveman, president of Nazareth College, in a statement. “Students can use these experiences to apply their classroom learning and develop the skills that prepare them for their careers.”

The purpose of the grant is to help students have experiential learning to support their transition to careers. The grant is part of the college’s Center for Life’s Work.

“Nazareth’s SPARK Grants are a new way to enhance our commitment to preparing and guiding students on their professional paths,” said Emily Carpenter, executive director of the center. “We also want to encourage these opportunities early in students’ college years because they provide such great relationship building, learning and growth. They can help students get even more from the rest of their education.”

The grant’s details include:

  • The college will accept applications from first-time students within 24 months of their start date at Nazareth–or within 12 months of start date for transfer students;
  • The one-time $1,500 grant can be used to help cover student costs for an unpaid or underpaid summer internship, study abroad or study away program;
  • If students have an internship in Rochester, they can also apply for campus housing for the summer for a nominal fee;
  • Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater when application is approved;
  • Applicants must have an active planning process established with a Nazareth career coach; and
  • SPARK grant recipients can earn up to 3 credits for a summer internship or study abroad experiences—within the eligibility time frame—at no charge.

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