Student Summer Fellowships

By Nate Stein ’24

Every year, Woodberry Forest offers multiple fellowship opportunities to its students for them to
pursue interests in academics, arts, community service, and more. The deadline for these fellowships is
fast-approaching: Thursday, January 12th, 2023. If you want to apply for a fellowship, make sure you
submit your proposals to Dr. Sanders, the Director of Summer Programs, by that date. Below are short
descriptions of each fellowship, who’s eligible, proposal requirements, and other important information.

The Sarah Graham Kenan Endowment for the Arts provides funding for students interested in
visual or performing arts. Rising fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-form students are eligible for this grant, but
older students are given priority. For the proposal, the interested must find a faculty member to act as his
sponsor, then outline the idea in detail and work out a budget. The proposal and a letter of
recommendation from the sponsor should be turned in to Dr. Sanders. This endowment is generously
given by Thomas S. Kenan III ’55.

The Joe and Marge Grills Fellowship supports student work in any area of national, state, or
local government as well as at public history venues. Rising fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-form students can
apply for this grant. Interested students should see Dr. Jordan, the history department chair, who will help
them with their ideas. The money for this fellowship is generously given by Joe and Marge Grills of
Rapidan, Virginia.

The Class of 2008 Community Service Fund allows Woodberry students to spearhead
community service projects at home or at school. Students from all forms are welcome to apply. Proposals
should include an idea outline, the student’s interest in the project, a list of participants, and a carefully
considered budget. The proposal should be turned in to Dr. Sanders by January 12th for summer projects
or two months before the desired start date for other projects. This fund was a gift to Woodberry Forest
from the parents and grandparents of the class of 2008.

The Noland Fellowship gives one rising sixth-form student an opportunity to pursue a unique
summer project of any nature. Students must be nominated by a member of the faculty, and students
should find a faculty member to serve as a sponsor—the nominating faculty member may also be the
sponsor. Each proposal must include a letter of recommendation, a detailed description of the project, and
a carefully considered budget. Upon completion of the project, each Noland Fellow must produce a
written report, a letter to Mr. Noland, and give a short presentation at an all-school assembly. This
fellowship is generously given by Lloyd U. Noland III ’62 in honor of his father, Lloyd U. Noland, Jr.

The Summer Expedition Program is available to one third- or fourth-form student interested in
making a contribution to the outdoor education program at Woodberry Forest. To request an application,
students should contact Dr. Sanders. When the student finishes the program, he must provide a detailed
report and reflection on his experience.

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