Sylvia Earl Innovation Award
Each year, Wheelock seeks applicants from the Wheelock community for the Sylvia Earl Innovation Award, made possible by the generous gift of Jim and Sylvia Earl. This award is designed to inspire and support innovative work, ideas, and programs that use technology to enhance the Wheelock experience for our community.
The award provides funds to support the generation, development, and piloting of new ideas that can create a measurable impact in the teaching, learning, and support of education in any and all areas of the College. Wheelock faculty, staff, students, deans, administrators, and staff are eligible to submit proposals individually or in groups.
The award is focused on generating a broad range of innovative ideas across the College and in all departments, including all academic programs. Funded proposals will be designed to engage technology to help Wheelock lead in new ways and new areas in the future. Proposals may include but are not limited to the following areas:
- Address the changing expectations and needs of today's students
- Develop new approaches to enhance real world experiences and learning inside and outside of the classroom
- Improving the student experience resulting in improved engagement, retention and graduation
- Broaden the reach of the College in new and key academic areas
- Expand the local, regional, and global reach and impact of the College
- Develop new academic areas of study to meet future needs
- Provide enhanced academic resources, support and training
- Expand delivery and positive impact of student support services in Student Life, Advising, Academic and Financial support services.
- Promote enhanced connections with schools, communities and government agencies
- Expand support of Field Experience and Service Learning work
- Extend accessibility to student opportunities for international experiences
Grants can be for a one-time proposal but may be extended as larger projects based on the quality of the program and the potential outcomes of the work. Grantees who are awarded may reapply for additional funding in future years.
Applicants considering long‐term projects in need of support are encouraged to use the Sylvia Earl funds to develop needed expertise, infrastructure, and analytic tools to support the development of the proposal.