PLEASE NOTE: Students seeking Merit Scholar Stipend funding for an international internship, volunteer, or research experience should fill out the International Funded Internship Pre-Approval Form as soon as possible, and by June 1st, for a preliminary decision on whether their internship location is eligible to receive Wheaton funding. These decisions are preliminary and non-binding, but are intended to provide you with up-to-date information as you make your summer plans.

Scholar Designations

Scholars represent top students in each entering class. They are recognized for strong academic performance, demonstrated extra-curricular, and/or community service commitment. Baflour and Trustee Scholars  receive a stipend that can be applied to a range of unpaid out-of-class learning experiences including internships, research, student-faculty collaborations, professional development activities and community service endeavors that occur in the summer after a scholar’s sophomore or junior year. Please note that students who enrolled at Wheaton College in Fall 2021 or earlier may have also received a scholar designation of Regional Scholar or Community Scholar and are eligible for all Scholar benefits.

Wheaton College reserves the right not to fund students seeking experiences in countries that appear on the U.S. State Department Warning List or U.S. Centers for Disease Control Travel Warning List without prior approval. Students seeking Merit Scholar Stipend funding for an international internship, volunteer, or research experience should fill out the International Funded Internship Pre-Approval Form as soon as possible, and by June 1st, for a preliminary decision on whether their internship location is eligible to receive Wheaton funding, keeping in mind that the decision may change should circumstances in that country change. Merit scholars who access their stipends for a Wheaton faculty-led trip (during winter break or the summer) are not eligible to apply for or receive additional Filene Center funding for the immediate subsequent summer.

Deadline for accessing merit scholar stipends for summer 2022 is June 15, 2022.  No late paperwork will be accepted.

This stipend satisfies the Wheaton Edge promise of a funded experience. Access to other funding is available through the Davis International and the Porter Cleveland Fellowships.

Please contact Lisa Gavigan at gavigan_lisa@wheatoncollege.edu with questions about the Merit Scholarship.

Required Paperwork and Forms

After completing the Merit Scholar Application, upload your completed forms (1) Intent to Access Form (ITA)  and (2) Internship Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to your Merit Scholar Application for processing.

What are the obligations if a student receives a stipend or fellowship?

As a recipient of this stipend, the student’s responsibilities/obligations are:

  1. Submission of a 1-2 page reflection essay on the experience at the end of August.
  2. Presentation of a poster/presentation at the annual Internship Showcase in the fall semester. (If the gift is named for a benefactor whose gifts have made the award possible, the student may be asked to acknowledge that fact.)
  3. Submission of an evaluation from your summer experience supervisor.

Instructions on creating your poster and the supervisor evaluation and date of the Internship Showcase will be sent to you early in July.

Other important information regarding your stipend:

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