Robert Day Scholars Experiential Funding

Experiential Funding:

As a Robert Day Scholar, you have access to experiential funding to support your personal and professional development.

Experiential learning is the epitome CMC’s ethos to “learn to do and do to learn.” We want you to be creative with this opportunity to push your boundaries, expand your comfort zone, and challenge yourself in any number of ways. With that in mind, the nature of any worthwhile experiential learning should have a logical connection to your personal and professional development goals.

I.Robert Day Scholar Program Experiential Funding Proposal

Keeping with CMC’s mission to “educate students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership,” approval to use experiential funds will depend on the quality of your proposal:

  1. Timeliness – Have you submitted your proposal far enough in advance of your proposed experience to allow for the completion of the evaluation process?
  2. Economy & Efficiency – How does your proposal reflect that your plan is the most economical and efficient means to achieve the intent of your experience?
  3. Comprehensiveness – Have you provided a thorough and thoughtful response for each section of the proposal? Have you addressed any additional questions that you anticipate we might have?

Through the proposal form, you will provide a detailed explanation of each of the following:

  • The benefit of this experience for academic, professional, and personal goals
  • The projected outcome of your experience
  • Your learning objectives and how you plan to meet them during this experience
  • How you will provide evidence of your reflection on the experience
  • Your budget explaining how you will apply the requested funds during this experience
  • Whether you have sought, are seeking, or have been awarded other sources of funding, both institutional and other, to support your experience

Examples of expenses that Robert Day Scholar Program Experiential Funding can cover:

  • Housing
  • Program/participant fees for conferences
  • Travel (e.g. airfare, car share, public transportation)
  • Meals

Examples of expenses that Robert Day Scholars Program Experiential Funding cannot cover:

  • Capital equipment
  • Clothing
  • Monetary or direct donations
  • Tuition for courses awarding academic credit
  • Alcohol


II.CMC Travel Registration  


Upon receiving approval for your proposal, you will be responsible for completing the CMC Travel Registration and submitting the confirmation email to Kelli Carter if your proposal includes travel off campus. Aside from providing a measure of accountability for the use of institutional funds for student learning, inclusion in the Travel Registry insures that CMC staff know your whereabouts, which is especially important in the event of an emergency.


III.Post-Experience Reflection

Your complete and thoughtful responses to the following questions about your experience are required as a condition of having accepted experiential funding from the Robert Day Scholars Program. Timely completion within a week of the conclusion of your experience is necessary to satisfy the requirement. 

IV.Changes to your proposal

If the details of your approved proposal change, you are obligated to let Kelli Carter know as soon as possible. Failure to do so will affect future requests for use of experiential funding.



Robert Day Scholars Program Experiential Funding Proposal

CMC Travel Registry

Robert Day Scholars Program Experiential Funding Reflection