Endowment Award

Spring Term Experience Endowment Award

Hanover sophomores, juniors or seniors looking for monetary help to finance a spring-term project, or activity, that goes above and beyond the normal work of any course has the opportunity to submit a proposal to apply for funding.  The funding is provided through the Parents' Association Spring Term Experience Endowment.

May 2005 marked the first year that funds were made available to upperclassmen students through proposals submitted to the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, who forwards it to the Student Academic Assistance Committee. The SAAC is responsible for choosing the best proposal(s) and administering the monetary award(s). The Hanover College Parents' Association Board of Directors established the endowment in 2004 that produces a source of income for the annual awards.

Awards must specifically be used for a project or activity during May term that enables the student to explore the opportunity to engage in work that contributes to his or her academic, professional and/or personal development in a significant way. The project or activity may be conducted on or off campus.

The distribution of one or more awards is based on the merit of the project, the significance of its impact on the student, and potential broader benefits to the College or wider community.

Projects and proposals are required to include: 

  • Nature and objectives of the project or activity
  • Rationale of how project or activity goes above and beyond the normal work of required course work
  • Support statement from instructor if in conjunction with a course
  • Background and qualifications for carrying out the project
  • Anticipated outcomes, including current or future benefits resulting from the completed project
  • Description detailing means of and timetable showing evidence of ability to complete project during May term
  • Detailed budget of all expenses to be incurred in carrying out the project or activity with supporting documents

Following the completion of the project or activity, the student is required to file two reports with the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs and the Executive Director of the Parents' Association. The first project report must summarize originally proposed goals, describe the student's experience in the activities carried out under the grant, analyze information gathered through those activities and assess the success of the project in meeting its stated objectives and its significance for the student. The second is a financial report itemizing expenditure of funds received and supporting documentation must also be submitted. Original receipts and financial report must also be turned in at the Business Office after completion of the project. 

The Hanover College Parents' Association Board of Directors may invite the student to attend one of its meetings during the following academic school year to share the results of the project or activity. Recipients of the award are encouraged to comply with the Board's request if invited, although compliance is not required. Students may only receive one May Term Experience Award per academic year.

Past Recipients


Jennifer Crye '05 was the first recipient of the Parents' Endowment for May Term Study award, conducting a research project on "Applied Anthropology: Experiencing and Sharing Information about Food Aid Projects and the Cultural Significance of Food." Jenny planned, prepared and presented food for the participants of a festival for Wake Up and Live on Hanover's campus. Vegetarianism was an important consideration with foods for the participants in this event and the menu was planned in accordance with the beliefs of those involved. According to Chanasai Tiengtrakul, Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology Professor, Jenny's project provided an informational and experimental session concerning global consumption and distribution of food items.


Ryan Keller '07 was the second recipient of an award from the Parents' Endowed Fund. Ryan's topic of study was, "Conservation-A Consequence of Production." Ryan traveled to Saline, Kansas to attend a weekend course at the Land Institute, providing him the unique opportunity to experience firsthand the agricultural philosophy of Wes Jackson. The Land Institute's primary mission is to better understand the earth's natural ecosystems so the growing problems within agriculture can be addressed. "The networking done at the Land Institute provided me with such a large variety of information that I seemed to gain a whole semester worth of information.."summarized Keller.


Daniel Love '07 sought official certification in the fields of personal and group fitness training through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Cindy Koester '07
 created curricula for three grade levels on the nature trail behind Southwestern Elementary School based on four stations on the trail at various points.

Jeremy Brownlee '09
 studied the topic, 'An Immersive Experience in the Taize, France Intentional Spiritual Community."

Patricia Rodda '07
 investigated university students on Turkish membership in the European Union.


Van Pham '09 will travel to the Ceres Conference 08-Building Leadership, Creating Solutions in Boston, MA where notable business leaders will examine the topic of global warming through the perspective of investment opportunities.

Molly Thurman '08
 will observe different tiers of the public school system in Louisville, KY to note the similarities and differences, strenghts and weaknesses, and limitations of each level of schools within the system.

Luke Zwanziger '08
 will attend Western Michigan University's International Congress on Medieval Studies to help prepare him to go to graduate school in Scotland for a degree in Celtic Studies.


Sarah Goth '11 created a 'Mock Refugee Camp' in conjunction with an Economics course: Economics of Poverty and Discrimination.

Chris Heckle '10 mapped the bedrock geology of the Pleasant Valley Township in Northeastern Iowa.

Zachary P. Lumley '10 did field work on 'Trilobite Taphonomy of the Maquoketa Formation'.

Christopher Shay '09 conducted the geologic mapping of Clermont, Iowa to map the region's extraordinary quantity of well-preserved follil specimens.


Abby Guthrie '12 received funds for 'Revitalization of the Acre'-to enrich the student haven in Hanover’s woods by creating an additional place for reflection and stress-relief. The Acre contains a hut, a notebook and pen and a swing.  She used grant money to restore the broken down swing, providing continuation of this creative outlet for students. The student also wrote about this experience and ‘pitched’ it to several publications to be published.  She was successful in this endeavor and was actually paid to be published in a national magazine, Spirituality and Health in September 2009!

Ross Kunkler '11
did a feasibility study of the advantages and disadvantages of living on Hanover’s campus and traveling throughout the Hanover and Madison area on a bike rather than using a vehicle. For the duration of May term, the student gave up a vehicle and rode a bike to destinations, keeping a journal of the experience reporting on the benefits and inconveniences of using an environmentally friendly mode of transportation. 

    (with requirement that he return the bicycle and equipment to the Health and Fitness/EXS departments; and that he share his journal, either through a blog, a donation of a copy to the Archives, a link through the Student Life Newsletter, or any combination)


    Celia Ann Tucker '12, Kelly Mahin '11, Lydia Lovell '11, and Toni Baysinger '11 received funds for their study on Self-Sustainability of Rural Life in Ireland.

    Rachael Moreland '12, Whitney Borton '12 received funds for their study on Correlating Aptitude and Adaptation.

    ​Dan McCormick '13 received funds for his study on Shakespeare in England Poetry.


    Abbe Guthrie '12, received funds to study, "Aftershocks in Van, Turkey"