Minerva Programs

Minerva Exploration Grant

Grant Program

The Minerva Exploration grant (formerly Learn Something, Teach Something Grant) allows students to explore new areas of learning, acquire new skills or knowledge, and then share what they have learned with other members of the campus community.

You can apply for a grant to learn almost any kind of skill or area of knowledge, as long as it isn't currently offered at Union. For example, you might learn:

  • A style of dance or song
  • An academic topic not taught at Union
  • A language
  • How to create or fix something - a style of knitting, pottery, origami, weaving, car repair, etc.
  • A form of sport or game
  • An interest - antique cars, slam poetry, birding, graffiti artists, anything you can come up with!
  • A social skill - creativity, political organizing, leadership

Sharing What You Have Learned

All students who receive a Minerva Exploration Grant are required to participate in a knowledge showcase that will occur in the Spring term at which they will display a poster and/or demonstrate what it is that has been learned. Failure to participate in this knowledge showcase will result in the student being required to return the funds awarded back to the College.

Applying for a grant:

  • A grant can be awarded to a maximum of two students.
  • Grants will be used to cover the costs of the learning component. This includes, but is not limited to, registration, travel, materials, etc.
  • Maximum grant awards will be $500 per person.
  • Applications are due on Friday of weeks 4 and 7 of fall term, week 3 of winter term, and week 3 of spring term. All applications must be submitted electronically and will be reviewed shortly after. All students will be notified of the status of their application within two weeks of the application deadline.
  • Grants cannot be used to fund academic travel or extracurricular activities that would normally be covered by other funds available at the College (e.g. student research grants, department funds, club funds, etc.) If partial funding is sought, the applicant should describe other funding sources and justify the need for additional funding.
  • Proposals will receive highest priority insofar as they further the goals of the Minerva program:
    • Bring together students and faculty/staff
    • Foster shared intellectual life
    • Create social alternatives
    • Bring together students who don't normally interact