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American Express Scholar’s Grant Application

The American Express Grant applications are considered by the Honors Council three times/year. The deadlines for submission are listed below. Please note that applications received after the date indicated will be considered during the next review period.  Students who have not already received an American Express Grant will be given preference when application decisions are made.

Application Submission Deadlines Award Notification Grant Period
October 1 November 1 – November 14 12 months from date of notification
January 15 February 15 – February 28 12 months from date of notification
April 1 May 1 – May 14 12 months from date of notification

Application Checklist

SECTION 1: Application Form/Cover Sheet

Please fill out the below form.

SECTION 2: Project Proposal

Describe the project you will be working on, in no more than 500 words. Be sure to include the purpose and goals of the project and why the funds you are requesting are necessary. Send document to Dr. Kim Paffenroth, Director of Honors, at kpaffenroth@iona.edu or to Charlotte Wray at cwray@iona.edu.

SECTION 3: Proposed Budget and Timeline

Identify precisely what funds you will need. Also, write down the general timeline of the project. When will you start the project? Dates of conferences? When will you be finished? Please note that if your application is accepted, failure to submit receipts for reimbursement may result in holds being placed on your account. Send document to Dr. Kim Paffenroth, Director of Honors, at kpaffenroth@iona.edu or to Charlotte Wray at cwray@iona.edu.

SECTION 4: Description of Post-Grant Presentation

All students who receive funding are required to present to the student body, faculty or committee the findings of their research or their experiences as a condition of receiving these funds. All recipients are required to submit a 30-second video describing the project and including highlights, for submission to Iona’s website. Please note that failure to fulfill this post-grant presentation may result in holds being placed on your account. The video submission is required after you are granted funds.

SECTION 5: Letter of Support from Faculty Advisor: TO BE SENT BY THE FACULTY UPON YOUR REQUEST

Ask your faculty advisor to write a letter of support. Your advisor should include, in this letter, how the funds will be used. Please ask your faculty advisor to send the recommendation either by hard copy (via interoffice mail) or electronically to K Paffenroth, Director of Honors, Honors Program Office, kpaffenroth@iona.edu or to Charlotte Wray at cwray@iona.edu.


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