Deadlines for 2020-21 projects:
September 11, 2020 @ 4:00pm
October 29, 2020 @ 4:00pm
February 5, 2021 @ 4:00pm
All funds have been awarded for the 2019-20 academic year.
Keys to the World provides students, faculty and staff an opportunity to apply for funds for new or existing enhanced projects/activities that are directly related to service learning and study abroad. The purpose of these funding opportunities is to increase student involvement in high-impact learning opportunities that transform student perspective while engaging in practical application of learning.
The following grant information is for projects implemented during the 2020-2021 fiscal year (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021).
Why should you participate in HIP grant projects?
- They provide substantial educational benefits to students
- Valued by employers
- Provides a hands-on co-curricular experience
- Helps with personal development and character
- Provides a deep approach to learning
What makes High Impact Practices (HIP) effective?
- Helps students apply and test what they are learning in new situations
- Helps students engage across differences
- Provides students with rich feedback
- Helps students build substantive relationships
What makes a course High Impact?
- Invest time and effort
- Learning outside of the classroom
- Requires meaningful interactions with faculty and peers
- Experience diversity
- Students get more frequent and substantive feedback
Looking for other study abroad grant and scholarship opportunities? Find a list of APSU study abroad scholarships as well as outside funding opportunities here.
There are two types of grants available. The Keys to the World grant can be awarded to Faculty/Staff/Students who would like to reduce the cost of student related expenses in a service-learning or study abroad course, while B.O.L.D. project grants will be awarded to individual students who fall in an underrepresented category and have shown a financial need. Detailed instructions are shown below.
- Keys to the World Grant (up to $7,500) is an award that aims to provide financial support for new or enhanced existing high
impact practice (service-learning and/or study abroad) course experiences. Funding
should support the service and/or reflection aspects of the course. Undergraduate
student applicants work with a faculty/staff member to develop new course initiatives
or enhanced existing course projects. Undergraduate student P.I.'s are expected to
take the lead on the application process, project logistics and communication with
the Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement (CSLCE). Eligibility criteria
is as follows:
- Faculty, staff or undergraduate students can apply for funding for the high impact service-learning or study abroad course(s)
- All undergraduate students applying for grant funds must have a faculty/staff adviser that will be listed on the application form.
- Keys to the World Grant P.I.'s are eligible for up to $750 in professional development funding per QEP grant award.
- Complete Keys to the World online application and submit an itemized budget breakdown (including an invoice/estimate for expenses)
- Preference will be given to newly designated service-learning or study abroad courses and to proposals that have not received QEP funding previously.
- Undergraduate student P.I.'s must have no formal discipline charges
- Funding priorities should fall under these categories:
- Liability Insurance/Background Checks
- B.O.L.D. Project (up to $3,000) - Bridging Opportunities for Leadership through Diversity (B.O.L.D.) is an award that
aims to support students who have been historically underrepresented in service-learning
or study abroad. This includes but is not limited to first-generation college students,
students from diverse backgrounds, non-traditional, military/veteran students, and
students with disabilities. Students receiving funds through this award must meet
all requirements listed at the time of application. Eligibility criteria is as follows:
- Full-time undergraduate student (preference) or graduate student at APSU
- 2.5 cumulative GPA for undergraduate students; Minimum 30 completed/earned credit
hours at the time of the award
- Students with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 must also include a recommendation letter from a faculty, advisor, or mentor with their application who can attest to their academic success.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA for graduate students
- Must be able to demonstrate financial need (FAFSA application on file)
- Complete Study Abroad/Exchange application and Keys to the World application (including essay)
- First time studying abroad/participating in service-learning with APSU sponsored programs
- Undergraduate student P.I.'s must have no formal discipline charges
Funding Guidelines for all HIP Grant Projects
All Austin Peay State University faculty, staff and students are eligible to submit proposal applications. Students involved in grant projects will complete a pre- and post-survey including reflective questions based on the HIP Student Learning Outcomes rubric.
An individual may be listed as the principal investigator on only one proposal in a twelve-month period, and no individual may be involved in more than two proposals during a twelve-month period. Proposals from previous recipients who have failed to complete written reflection/signature assignments or submit end-of-project reports or assessments will not be considered for future funding.
- All funds must be used for HIP activities that can be assessed by using the HIP Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) rubric. This includes students completing the pre- and post-survey, which includes reflective questions based on the HIP SLO rubric.
- For Keys to the World grants, an itemized budget breakdown (including an invoice/estimate for expenses) must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org when the application is submitted. An example template can be found below.
- For B.O.L.D. grants, an itemized budget breakdown (including an invoice/estimate for expenses) must be emailed to email@example.com when the application is submitted. An example template can be found below.
- Funds must be used for opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student participation in service-learning or study abroad activities, such as awards for resource/supplies or travel expenses. The Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange (OSAIE) will disburse all awarded study abroad funds to the student study abroad travel account. Students in Keys to the World grant projects must be made aware of the grant requirements (pre- and post surveys, Keys to the World Showcase presentation) as well as funding origin during course orientation.
- Funds pertaining to study abroad experiences must be used for program costs related to travel and cannot be used to cover tuition or university fees.
- Funds pertaining to service-learning experiences must be used to support the service and/or reflection aspects of the course.
- Funds cannot be used for hiring and/or compensating personnel, which includes student workers, graduate students/assistants, teaching assistants or temporary employees.
- All P.I.'s are required to submit an End of Project Assessment data report.
- Keys to the World grants are eligible for up to $750 in professional development funding per HIP grant award. Professional development funds will be disbursed once the end-of-project reports are completed.
- Student recipients of the B.O.L.D. project and Keys to the World grant are required to participate in the Keys to the World Showcase in the Spring semester and complete the pre/post assessment surveys.
- Students receiving funds related to study abroad experiences must meet the following
- Undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 2.25
- Graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Freshmen must have at least one semester of college credit
- No recent or pending criminal charges
- Students with recent or pending student code of conduct proceedings will require approval from the Dean of Students and may not be eligible for funds
QEP HIP Grant Resources
- HIP Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Integrative Learning Value Rubric
- Keys to the World Grant Project Scoring Rubric
- BOLD Proposal Scoring Rubric
- Budget Breakdown Template
- Professional Development Compensation Rubric
For more information about Keys to the World grants, contact Alexandra Wills, Director of Service-Learning and Community Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (931) 221-6591.
For more information about B.O.L.D., please contact the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange at email@example.com or (931) 221-6851.