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Lang Opportunity Awards

  • 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.

    Application Deadlines—Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. for each deadline.

    • October 26, 2016
    • February 15, 2017
    • April 12, 2017

    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.

    Award Types

    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.

    Completion Requirement

    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. 

    Guidelines for Applicants

  • Who is eligible?

    Eligible applicants must:

    • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
    • Be matriculated degree students of Eugene Lang College.
    • Demonstrate financial need.

    Students receiving federal Pell Grants are given priority consideration.

    Is my project eligible?

    Eligible activities fall into the general categories of:

    • Research fellowships and projects
    • Study abroad programs and projects
    • Civic engagement and social justice initiatives, including organizing and activist work
    • Internships and other career development activities
    • Leadership and/or student government projects
    • Artistic productions and exhibitions
    • Other self-designed projects clearly related to a student's educational goals 

    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.

    How do I apply?

    • Complete the Eugene Lang Opportunity Award Application.
      • Personal statement - in 600 words (or less), discuss your reasons for applying; include any relevant experience or information.
      • Financial statement - in 400 words (or less), discuss your need for financial assistance, including an explanation of your ability/plans to pay for the proposed project/program independently.
    • Attach a résumé that indicates your qualifications to pursue the activity described in the proposal.
    • Attach your current academic transcript and financial aid award (printed from MyNewSchool).
    • ALL APPLICATIONS REQUIRE A RECOMMENDATION: Identify someone who will speak to your qualifications for this proposal. Your recommender should submit his or her recommendation through the Faculty Recommendation Form. Recommendations must be received no later than two days after the application deadline by 5:00 p.m. 

    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.

    Tips for Submitting a Strong Application

    Step 1. Create a plan.

    • Carefully review the required information and create a list of tasks that need to be completed.

    Step 2. Prepare an effective résumé.

    Step 3. Write a compelling personal statement.

    Consider the following:

    • Describe your reasons for applying to the ELOA program.
    • What can you gain from the proposed experience?
    • Describe your interest in the proposed area of research, project, or program.
    • Draw upon past experiences in leadership, community service, team efforts, etc. (Note: Do not restate the contents of your résumé.)
    • Highlight your career goals and how the proposed project or program fits into your plans.

    Step 4. Prepare a strong project proposal.

    Consider the following:

    • What is the topic/focus of your research, project, or program?
    • Can you concisely explain your research question or the focus of your project/program and goals?
    • What is the purpose and merit of the proposed research, program, or project? (How will this research, program, or project contribute to your academic and personal development and to the community, and are these contributions significant?)
    • What methodology will you employ to complete the research and/or project? (Is the proposed research/program feasible, and does the applicant have adequate resources/abilities to complete the project/program? Is the research/program overambitious or underambitious?)
    • Describe your qualifications. (Why should the selection committee feel you can successfully pull this off?)
    • After completing the research/project/program, how do you plan to share results of your research or the program experience with the broader community?
    • What are the benefits of this project/program to you personally?

    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.

     

  • Student Life and Outreach Committee

    Michael Pettinger, Assistant Professor of Literary Studies
    Banu Bargu, Associate Professor of Politics
    Mark Setterfield, Professor of Economics
    Jennifer Firestone, Assistant Professor, Literary Studies
    Jasmine Rault, Assistant Professor of Culture and Media
    Caveh Zahedi, Assistant Professor of Screen Studies

    Dechen Albero, Senior Student Success Advisor
    Kendra Danowski, Program Coordinator of Civic Engagement and Social Justice
    Jane Watts, Admission Counselor
    Jennifer Riegle, Associate Director for Visibility and College-wide Event Coordination
    Assistant Dean, Academic Advising, Position to be filled

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