Eugene Lang College strongly encourages students to take part in co-curricular and extracurricular activities as part of their liberal arts education. We also realize that such activities are sometimes beyond the reach of students whose personal financial resources are limited.
Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards make it easier for students with financial need and academic merit to participate in the many co-curricular programs and initiatives available at Lang. A number of awards in the range of $1,000-$5,000 are made every fall and spring semester and every winter and summer break. Funds are limited and are distributed competitively according to the college's judgment of the educational quality and budget of a student's proposal and the applicant's financial need and academic standing.
An application for a Eugene Lang Opportunity Award may be submitted anytime and will be evaluated at the next deadline following submission. Applicants are notified of the decision two weeks after the deadline.
There are two distinct categories of Opportunity Awards:
Innovation Awards are awarded competitively to fund students' self-designed co-curricular and extracurricular educational activities.
Outreach Awards are awarded competitively to students who need financial assistance in order to take part in institutional co-curricular activities offered by Eugene Lang College and/or the university, such as those developed by Civic Engagement and Social Justice, Career Development, and Study Abroad.
All students who receive awards are required to write a report or make an oral presentation at the midpoint and conclusion of their activity reflecting on the quality of their experience and its contribution to their Eugene Lang College education. Award recipients will work with an advisor from the Student Life and Outreach Committee to determine reporting deadlines and submit report materials.
In addition, Eugene Lang Opportunity Award recipients are expected to participate in the Lang Dean’s Honor Symposium at the end of the spring semester. Students receiving awards during the fall deadline (and spring deadline if timing allows) are encouraged to feature their work in the poster session of the Honor Symposium or apply the following fall to be part of a presentation panel.
Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards are made possible by a generous gift from Eugene M. Lang and the support of the following Eugene Lang College offices and committees: Dean's Office, Academic Advising and Student Support, Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice, and Student Life and Outreach Committee.
Eligible applicants must:
Students receiving federal Pell Grants are given priority consideration.
Eligible activities fall into the general categories of:
Proposals that address social justice issues or otherwise contribute to positive community impact are given priority
consideration. Awards are granted not to fund singular events but to make possible committed participation in ongoing activities.
You must show that a proposed activity would be financially difficult without external funding. Opportunity Awards are not intended to be tuition scholarships but rather should finance out-of-pocket expenses required for a particular activity or opportunity. However, an
award may be requested to help with tuition if the co-curricular activity requires registration for associated credits not covered by academic year tuition (for example, a summer internship).
Immediately following a deadline date, all proposals received to that point are reviewed together in a collaborative process by the Student Life and Outreach Committee.
Questions can be submitted to
ELOA@newschool.edu or in person at the Academic Advising Office, 64 West 11th Street. An
application received after one deadline will be rolled over to the next
deadline unless the dates of the proposed activity or project preclude
later consideration. In that case, the application will be rejected.
Step 1. Create a plan.
Step 2. Prepare an effective résumé.
Step 3. Write a compelling personal statement.
Consider the following:
Step 4. Prepare a strong project proposal.
Step 5. Get strong recommendation letters.
Contact your potential letter writers early to ensure they can submit a recommendation letter on your behalf by the supplementary materials deadline. Be sure to provide them with a copy of your essays and any other relevant information which will enable them to submit a strong letter on your behalf.
Note: A letter of recommendation is most useful when it includes specific comments on the strength of your application. Recommenders should be able to comment on your ability to carry out the proposed course of study/project and the suitability of the university or program chosen. Choose people who know you well — both in and outside of the classroom and personally. A faculty advisor is often in the best position to comment on a student's academic abilities and potential. It is most important that your recommenders know you well. Short references from well-known people don't go over well. Academic letters from those who taught you in high school are also not recommended.
Step 6. Proofread your application before you submit it.
Your submission is final. You can't make edits or append any documents after submission. Be thorough in your review of your application, but do not wait until the last minute to submit it. Late submissions are not accepted. We recommend that applicants make every effort to submit their applications at least 48-72 hours before the application deadline.
Check your proposal for spelling, correct calculations, adherence to page limitations, and font and file-type requirements.
Use the checklist provided in the application instructions to ensure that all required documents are included in the application.
Review the content and be sure you have addressed all the criteria that will be used to evaluate your application.
Michael Pettinger (Chair), Assistant Professor of Literary Studies
Banu Bargu, Associate Professor of Politics
Mark Setterfield, Professor of Economics
Jennifer Firestone, Assistant Professor, Literary Studies
Assistant Dean, Academic Advising, Position to be filled
Kendra Danowski, Program Coordinator of Civic Engagement and Social Justice
Jennifer Riegle, Associate Director for Visibility and College-wide Event Coordination
Academic Advising Office64 West 11th StreetELOA@newschool.edu