Two students holding containers of water as part of the Thirst Project.

The Holleran Center Student Community Engagement Grant (formerly referred to as the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative Grant) supports students in their efforts to become "transformative forces: people with new ideas to address major problems and who are relentless in the pursuit of their visions."

Some funded projects include:

  • Spokespeople, for the creation of a campus bike collective
  • Sexual Assault Free Environment (SAFE), for the creation of a resource book
  • Science Educators Group, for the implementation of an innovative science partnership in local schools
  • Alternative break trips to build houses in the Dominican Republic and bring medical supplies to Uganda
  • Proof of Community, for a photo exhibit documenting the community learning experiences of college students
  • Rap Sessions, for a town hall style dialogue on gender and hip-hop
  • Skate with Connecticut College - free skating lessons for local youth
  • Storytelling through art - an after school program at the Regional Multicultural Magnet School
  • Creative writing workshops with survivors of domestic violence

The Holleran Center seeks proposals from students and student groups who are creatively pursuing lasting social change on campus and in the broader community. The Holleran Center will fund selected projects up to $500. Applicants must clearly articulate their vision and demonstrate they have the potential, commitment and the skills to realize their vision. Proposals are due on a rolling admission by October 30th. Notification of selection will be in early November.