Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Grant Program

Longtime LVC supporters Dr. E.H. Arnold H’87 and Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold H’08 established The Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Program for Experiential Education in 2011. Through the program, the Arnolds award up to $50,000 per year to support student-faculty research, independent student summer research, and independent student internships. The program is now in its sixth cycle.  

The experiential learning grants are intended to stimulate independent and student-faculty collaborative research in diverse disciplines.  The Arnolds hope that the program will “enable faculty to engage students in research across the curriculum and possibly open new avenues of exploration previously unconsidered.”  Dr. Michael Green, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, notes, "Student-faculty research across the curriculum is a signature of the College.  We are thrilled to have the support of the Arnolds to enrich our educational offerings and to provide quality and impactful learning experiences for our students."

Another purpose of the grants is to encourage students to take advantage of unique internship opportunities that will provide valuable, résumé-boosting experience. Previous recipients have secured exciting internships in Delaware, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Washington, D.C., Florida, and Spain.  

Funds are awarded through a systematic process overseen by Dr. Ann Damiano, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and the Arnold Grant Selection Committee which includes faculty representatives from the three major academic divisions. Dr. Erica Unger, Assistant Professor of Biology, represents the natural sciences; Dr. Kshama Harpankar, Assistant Professor of Economics, represents the social sciences; and Dr. Justin Morell, Assistant Professor of Music, represents the humanities.  

The first grants were awarded in the 2010-2011 academic year.  Typically, the experiential learning grants fund

  • Student/faculty research projects across the curriculum
  • Independent summer student research or scholarly projects
  • Independent student domestic or international internships
Award ranges for each of the three categories are as follows:
  • Student-faculty research projects can request grant funding in the range of $3,000 to $10,000 each.
  • Independent student research project proposals can request from $500 to $3,000 each.
  • Internship experience proposals can request from $500 to $3,000 each.

The Arnolds hope that "These grants will help remove financial impediments and enable students to pursue research and internship opportunities they could not previously consider due to their personal economic situation."  Further, they believe the program will enable faculty to engage students in research across the curriculum and possibly open new avenues of exploration previously unconsidered.