Katie Bonner '15
Tucker Foundation Office Assistant
Hometown: Nanuet, NYRead the full interview
Tucker Fellowships provide committed Dartmouth undergraduates the opportunity to invest in their personal growth and liberal arts education by serving others in need. Students apprentice themselves to an agency or organization serving the welfare, development, and fulfillment of other human beings. Files of community service organizations are maintained in the Fellowship & Internship Resource Center on the second floor of the Tucker Foundation. Students are also encouraged to seek out new organizations with which to work.
In every instance, an agency or organization must be contacted and a connection must be established before a Fellowship application can be submitted. The Fellowship Review Committee feels that personal growth, one of the goals of the Fellowship program, takes place to a higher degree in an environment where there are a large number of new, challenging experiences for the student. Independence within the Fellowship is highly valued. Therefore the Committee does not favor projects that are done in partnership with good friends. Intentional moral and/or spiritual exploration and growth is an essential component of a Tucker Fellowship. When constructing a Fellowship plan, candidates should consider how they will build a moral and/or spiritual element into their experience.
To be eligible for a Fellowship, candidates must submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline. One letter of recommendation is required from a Dartmouth faculty member or job supervisor. Letters of recommendation from members of the selection committee are not permitted. A CSO Supervisor’s Statement of Agreement signed by the person who will supervise the Fellow's work during the term is also necessary and must be submitted with the candidate’s application. All application materials should be sent to Adam Knowlton-Young, Program Manager for Service Trips at 6154 South Fairbanks Hall, Hanover, NH 03755-3568 or to HB 6154. Applications or parts of the application may also be emailed to Tucker.Fellows@dartmouth.edu or faxed to the Tucker Foundation at (603) 646-2645.
A Review Committee, consisting of staff and student leaders, will consider all applicants for an interview. After preliminary review, the selection team will notify applicants about interviews. Interviews are typically between 30 and 45 minutes long. Deadlines for application are generally mid-term during all terms. Students who are off-campus during the appropriate review term may arrange for an interview even though they are off-campus.
Students on campus or off campus are responsible for confirming that all application materials have been received on the day of the deadline (blitz us to check). Because Tucker Fellowships applications far exceed funding capacity, no deadline extensions can be offered.
Funding support accompanies each Tucker Fellowship. Fellows receive up to $4000 in support for an international project. Occasionally, students have felt that they could afford to support a large share of their own expenses. We are grateful to such individuals for allowing more funds to remain for awarding more fellowships.
Before leaving, Fellows are required to attend an orientation during the last week of the term, as well as a one-on-one meeting with one of the members of the Fellowships staff. While abroad, Fellows are also given a shared reading.
A five-page reflection paper is required from the student at the end of the Fellowship experience and is due in the first week of the term following the Fellowship term. The papers will be read by the Program Manager of Fellowships and Internships and will form the basis for a one-on-one debriefing with the returning Fellow. A group discussion meeting for all Tucker Fellows returning that term will also be required. The Tucker Foundation makes an effort to continue to involve Fellows in Foundation programming after their return.
For more information or if you have further questions concerning Tucker Fellowships, please blitz Tucker.Fellows@Dartmouth.EDU, call 603-646-3350, or stop by the 2nd floor of the Tucker Foundation for an advising session.
Last Updated: 1/21/15