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Paul A. Mueller, Jr. Summer Award

This award (up to $3,000) enables rising juniors to pursue worthy projects that provide important opportunities for personal growth; to develop independence, creativity and leadership skills; and to broaden or deepen some area of special interest.  The award is intended to allow students the freedom to pursue areas of personal interest that they might otherwise be unable or unlikely to explore further.

Purpose: To give students an opportunity at a crucial time, the end of their sophomore year, to review their own talents and possibly find a direction different from that which brought them to Franklin & Marshall College in the first place.  The purpose is neither to provide a free ticket for a short foreign experience nor to award grants to students with the highest GPAs.

Aim: To support students whose interests transcend ordinary academic categories.

Selection: To choose students less for their past achievements and more for the potential for their having a transformative experience.

Note:  While this award will support project travel costs when applicable, travel is not a requirement of the award.

Application Process

Complete applications for Summer 2015 are due in the Office of International Programs by on November 26.  Late applications will not be considered by the committee.


To apply, complete for online Summer Travel Award Application form, on which you will attach a completed STA Budget Form

Each applicant must also submit one recommendation from an F&M faculty member by the application deadline.  A recommender should e-mail the Summer Travel Award Recommendation Form to Dean Rachel Helwig  with the subject "Reference for [Student's Name]."

The selection committee may interview finalists and request additional recommendations if necessary.

Students who receive awards will agree to use the funds as stipulated in the proposal and to submit receipts for all expenses to Dean Rachel Helwig by the third week of September.  Award recipients are expected to share their project or program experiences with the F&M community upon return. Students will then be recognized at Awards Day during their Senior year at F&M. 

Awardees will be notified before Spring Break.  The maximum amount awarded to a student is $3,000; the amount of each award will vary depending on the needs of the project.


  • Information Sessions and Workshop Dates
  • Summer Travel Awards Information Session

    October 7, 11:30 am, Brooks Great Room

    Summer Travel Awards Information Session

    October 20, 4:45 pm, Weis Great Room

    Summer Travel Awards Workshop and Office Hours

    November 5, 4:45 pm, Ware Great Room

    Summer Travel Awards Workshop and Office Hours

    November 18, 11:30 am, New College House Meeting Room

  • Questions?
  • For questions about the Paul A. Mueller, Jr. Summer Award, please contact Rachel Helwig, Assistant Dean for International & Off-Campus Study