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Mentoring Project Fund

Applicant Guidelines for 2022-23 Academic Year
The Mentoring Committee is responsible for evaluating proposals and distributing grant
funds to members of the Wilkes community. All applications and reports can be
completed and submitted online. Links are at the bottom of this page.
All proposed projects selected for funding will support the University’s mentoring culture.
Requests for funding will be considered from individuals representing University
departments and officially sanctioned campus organizations. Mentoring activities are
those that enhance relationships to foster engagement, better learning, and opportunity
for success. The Mentoring Committee is most interested in funding initiatives that 1)
focus on the developmental needs of the individual; 2) build better learning
relationships; and 3) create seamless support systems.
The Committee encourages University departments and campus organizations to
submit proposals for projects that expand or create new opportunities for mentoring at
Wilkes. Priority projects will include those that use grant funding for the greatest impact
on improving the quality of student life and learning at Wilkes.
Mentoring Project Funding for 2022-2023:
– Proposals for the 2022-23 academic year are due March 18, 2022. Should
funding still be available after the initial review, applications received after March
18 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The Committee’s goal is to complete its
review of applications by April 1, 2022.
– Based on volume of applicants, it may be necessary to cap the number of grants
that will be awarded to any one department or campus organization in a
– A stipend to a member of the faculty supervising a summer scholarly, creative, or
research project (noncredit) is limited to $1000 per student supervised, with an
annual maximum stipend of $2000. A fringe rate of 8.07% should be applied to
faculty stipend request.
– No one faculty member will be awarded more than $6000 per year for student
– Maximum student support for summer undergraduate research, scholarly, or
creative project (noncredit) carried out under the supervision of a faculty member
will be $3000 per year for up to 12 weeks. Three wage rates have been
established for students. The freshman and sophomore rate is $8.00 per hour
(375 hours). The junior and senior rate is $10.00 per hour (300 hours) and the
rate for post-grad is $12.00 (250 hours). 7.65% (FICA) must be applied to wage
requests for all students who are not taking a summer academic course that
confers at least 3 credits.

Project grant supplies will be capped at $500
– Proposals are evaluated based on several criteria. A rubric that includes eight
components can be viewed here.
– Awardees are encouraged to identify the names of students working on the
projects to the Office of Sponsored Programs as soon as possible.
– With limited resources available, the committee will prioritize awards to
undergraduate students.
The Mentoring Resources Committee will not fund:
– Capital improvement projects or capital equipment
– Wages for students who have graduated, unless they have matriculated to
graduate student status.
– Activities or items already funded in the operating budget or basic operating
requirements of existing programs
– Scholarships to individual students
– Activities related to academic course work
– The purchase of computers or peripheral equipment
– Funding for faculty/student social engagements. When resources are available,
the committee has provided funding to each unit dean to subsidize these events.
– Faculty travel to conferences
Links to Forms:
Mentoring Project Fund Application
Mentoring Project Budget Form
Mentoring Project Fund Evaluation Rubric

New this year—-The Besler Research Award
In addition to the regular Mentoring Grant awards this year, please be aware that a
new student award opportunity will also be made available through the Mentoring
program.  The university has received an endowment to support student summer
research in any academic discipline. The Carolann G. and Philip A. Besler Outstanding
Research Award was established to support students conducting a one-time summer
research project overseen by a faculty mentor.  After the Mentoring Grants have been
awarded, the students you intend to mentor will be invited to apply for the Besler
Details and instructions for student applications will be provided in the Mentoring Award
letter. Please identify and be prepared to notify the students you intend to mentor as

soon as you learn the outcome of your application; this will ensure that there is enough

time for the students to apply and be considered for the Besler Award.

Mentoring Resources Committee Members

  • Paul Adams (Student Affairs)
  • Josh Blechle (College of Science and Engineering)
  • Ajay Bommareddy (Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
  • Emily Havrilla (Passan School of Nursing)
  • Woojun Lee (Sidhu School of Business and Leadership)
  • Paul Reinert (School of Education)
  • Debbie Tindell (College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)