Open Mind for Service

The Christian Association of the University of Pennsylvania (CA) awards grants to students involved in service work during the summer. Grant amounts are up to $750. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Only Penn undergraduate and graduate students can apply, and must be returning for the 2014-2015 school year
  • Your project should be for service and not research, and be for a minimum of 2 months
  • The service work can take place anywhere in the world, including the U.S.
  • Deadline for application is April 7, 2014

  • Additional considerations:
    Upon return, scholarship recipients are expected to share their service experiences with other students at one of the CA’s weekly community dinners during the 2014-2015 academic year. Ideally, scholarship recipients would be engaged in ongoing service and program development during the school year. The CA welcomes opportunities to empower students in this work, including work study support for eligible students, space for meetings, supplies and organizational support.

    Grant recipients secure their own service learning experience and make all travel, room and board arrangements. Award recipients traveling internationally are required to participate in an orientation session, which is conducted through the Office of International Programs annually in April. This training helps orient the student to local customs, safety tips, emergency procedures, and more.

    The deadline to apply for a grant is April 7, 2014, with interviews to be scheduled shortly thereafter. Please send all application materials to Rob Gurnee, Executive Director, at

    These grants originated as part of the CA’s Open Mind for Africa program that engaged the Penn community in learning about systemic issues facing countries in Africa and supported students putting learned skills into practice. The Open Mind for Africa program was developed to honor Dr. Louise Shoemaker, for Dean Emerita of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work.


Fund for Open Mind Grant for Africa

Thrivent's Support

The CA would like to thank Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Philadelphia Chapter, Care in Communities Program for their generous supplement of $500 to match donations to the OMA stipend program this year.

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