WSAS Student Services Grants

WSAS Student Services Grants

The Wellesley Students' Aid Society (WSAS) is excited to announce our new initiative – WSAS Department Grants.  WSAS recognizes that many other departments and offices throughout Wellesley College offer support to students, and we are eager to collaborate with colleagues both to identify students’ needs and to help address them. 

Earlier this year, WSAS sent Requests for Proposals to student service offices at the College inviting them to apply to WSAS for a grant to develop and sustain programs to support the students with whom they work.  To date, WSAS has awarded the following 11 grants totaling $41,500:

Class Deans’ Office
Emergency Leave of Absence Support - $5,000

First Generation Network/Class Deans’ Office
Wellesley First Graduate School Bootcamp Prep Program - $5,000

Health Services and the Stone Center Counseling Service
Transportation Pilot Program for Medical Visits - $5,000

Office of Accessibility and Disability Resources
Student Disability Testing for Low Income Students - $5,000

Office of Intercultural Education
Latinx Study Break - $1,000
Traditional Holistic Health and Wellness Workshop - $1,000

Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Ramadan Community Iftar Dinner - $1,500

Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics
PERA Physical Education Gear Program Pilot - $10,000

Slater International Center
Increased Awareness and Support for Nutritional Food Access and Food Insecurity - $2,000

Wellesley Career Education
Graduate School Preparation for Students of Need - $5,000
Wellesley Career Education Suit Program - $1,000

Wellesley College students interested in the grant opportunities listed should contact the department/office administering the grant program directly.

General questions about WSAS’ Department Grants program should be directed to Catherine Kefalas at ckefalas@wellesley.edu.

Class Deans’ Office
Emergency Leave of Absence Support - $5,000

Funds from this grant will be made available for students who need to go on leave during the academic year because of a medical, mental health or personal emergency.  These funds will be used to assist with expenses related to packing, shipping, and storing personal items, and for the student’s transportation so that financial concerns do not interfere with the students’ decision-making process.
Contact: Lori I. Tenser, Associate Dean of Students of Academic Integration and Advising

First Generation Network/Class Deans’ Office
Wellesley First Graduate School Bootcamp Prep Program - $5,000

This 5-day program is designed to acquaint first generation students – the first in their family to pursue a four-year college degree – with the knowledge needed to successfully apply to graduate school.  The program includes a variety of workshops, events, and networking that help demystify the graduate application process.  The program is open to any Junior of Senior first generation or underrepresented student.
Contact: Rebecca Garcia, Dean of the Class of 2020 (M-Z) and Director of Wellesley First

Health Services and the Stone Center Counseling Service
Transportation Pilot Program for Medical Visits - $5,000

Off-campus transportation for routine and urgent care visits to outside medical offices and referrals to community specialists are an issue for students with limited funds and with no access to personal transportation.  The funds from this grant will pilot a robust program by tracking and monitoring off-campus transportation for routine and urgent medical visits during and after business hours including weekends.
Contacts: Robin Cook-Nobles, the Stone Center Counseling Service, and Ilene Goldberg, Health Services

Office of Accessibility and Disability Resources
Student Disability Testing for Low Income Students - $5,000

Neuropsychological testing determines whether a learning disability, ADHD, or a mental health disorder exists.  The results of such testing provide documentation for academic accommodations that support student learning.  Low income students may not have the resources to pay for testing and therefore are not given equal access to academic accommodations.  The funds from this grant will be used to develop a pilot program that would assist staff with implementing a process to help students obtain testing regardless of their ability to pay.
Contacts: Jim Wice, Director and Anne Lamppa, Assistant Director

Office of Intercultural Education
Latinx Study Break - $1,000

The funds from this grant will support a study break for students during reading period week.  This much needed break will consist of arts and crafts activities, board games, 15-minute chair massages, and food offerings.  This will provide students an opportunity for an incredible therapeutic and relaxing experience during a particularly stressful time in the semester.
Contact: Mared Alicea-Westort, Assistant Dean of Intercultural Education and Advisor to Latinx Students

Traditional Holistic Health and Wellness Workshop - $1,000

Funds from this grant will be used to support a workshop which centers on culturally appropriate wellness techniques and practices.  This workshop would resonate with Latinx students’ background and traditions, with a focus on holistic wellness.  According to The Stone Center Counseling Service, Latinx students at Wellesley are the demographic using counseling services the least.  This workshop will expand upon the health and wellness services available at Wellesley, and hopefully will increase dialogue about, and an interest in, learning more about on-campus health and wellness resources for Latinx students.
Contact: Mared Alicea-Westort, Assistant Dean of Intercultural Education and Advisor to Latinx Students

Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Ramadan Community Iftar Dinner - $1,500

The Wellesley College 2019 Commencement coincides with the month of Ramadan, a special time for Muslims commemorating the revelation of the Quran. The month occurs this year between May 5 - June 4, 2019, and many Muslims will be observing the traditional fasts from dawn to sunset. The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is hosting a Commencement Iftar Dinner on May 30, 2019 for seniors, their families, and friends. Funds from this grant will provide dinner for approximately 58 people.
Contact: Amira Quraishi, Interim Dean of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics
PERA Physical Education Gear Program Pilot - $10,000

Funds from this grant will help high need Wellesley College students purchase the athletic gear needed for physical education classes.  Wellesley College’s physical education graduation requirement brings every Wellesley student through PERA’s doors.  However, many students, especially those identified as high need, cannot afford the cost of basic fitness gear like proper running shoes or a sports bra.  Based on 2017-18 academic year statistics, this program would impact nearly one quarter of the student population.  With this program students would be able to acquire the gear they need to safely complete their requirement.
Contact: Elaine Harvey, PERA Assistant Director, and Lauren Haynie, PERA Senior Associate Director

Slater International Center
Increased Awareness and Support for Nutritional Food Access and Food Insecurity - $2,000

Funds from this grant will assist Slater Center in creating a safe and accessible space for their student and scholar community during Wellesley College break periods.  This space will provide students with not only food security, but also nutritious cultural ingredients that tend to be more difficult to obtain.  This population is susceptible to experiencing strong feelings of isolation, homesickness, and culture shock during these breaks. Food can be emotional for these individuals living abroad, and home cooking can give them some socio-emotional support. This proposal will assist Slater in purchasing healthier food options for students who cannot afford to travel or meal swipe into on-campus dining facilities during the academic breaks.
Contact: Leanne Dolat, Program Coordinator

Wellesley Career Education
Graduate School Preparation for Students of Need - $5,000

Students of need can apply for funding from this grant for graduate processes including test preparation books and sample tests for students to access (MCAT, LSAT, GRE, DAT, GMAT, etc), as well as application fees for graduate programs. There will be an application process for students to be eligible for this funding, and the maximum amount of funding will be $250 per student
Contact: Sarah Ahmed, Director, Career Communities & Alumnae Career Advancement

Wellesley Career Education Suit Program - $1,000

Funds from this grant will be used to support students in need by covering the $25 cost of dry cleaning when they borrow a suit. For many students, even the $25 cost can prohibit them from borrowing one of our free suits to use for an internship – on or off campus.  Any unused funds that remain at the end of the academic year will be used to purchase new suits to supplement what is currently available.
Contact: Jennifer Pollard, Director of Operations, and Shelley Stokes, Career Education Coordinator