Our grant program provides financial assistance through a competitive process to full- or part-time Virginia Tech students who promote our core valuesThe John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG), enables students to advance their community engagement efforts, research, and education.

At the end of each year, we hold an awards ceremony to celebrate the year’s work in service and to recognize outstanding students, faculty members, and community partners. 

John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant

Through the generosity of many donors, JEDSEG funds highly motivated students or student teams planning to implement or expand community-based civic engagement projects.  There is up to $1,500 available in this year’s cycle. Either two awards of $750 or one $1,500 award will be granted.

Thank you to everyone who applied for this year's JEDSEG cycle. The application is now closed. The grant recipient will be announced in mid- to late April 2017.

Minimum eligibility criteria for 2017-18

Please review the Request for Proposals document for full details on this year's grant cycle.

  1. Applications must be submitted by a current full- or part-time student or student team at Virginia Tech. For student teams, a designated team leader must submit the application on behalf of the team. A student team can be an informal group or a Registered Student Organization. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.
  2. Applications submitted by JEDSEG winners from the previous year’s cycle are not eligible.
  3. Applications due Friday, March 24, 2017. 
  4. Proposed projects should be completed by May 2018.
  5. The application materials must request funding for a project that reinforces VT Engage's core values.

Objectives & outcomes matrix to submit with application

Previous winners

“A feasibility study to reduce sugar sweetened beverage consumption among middle school youth in Buchanan County, VA”
Behavioral and Community Science doctoral student, Hannah Lane, submitted this winning proposal. The selection committee said “it is an excellent example of the blending of best practices in community engagement  and community-based research”.

Agroforestry club & Hale-Y Community Garden Food Forest student team
This team won for their proposal to provide a workshop through the Argoforestry club and Hale-Y Community Garden Food Forest.This is an interdisciplinary team with three students from Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation: Catherine Bukowski, Pulelehua Kimball, Steven Kruger, as well as Samuel Barnes (civil engineering), Gabe Pent (crop and soil environmental sciences), and Keith O’Herrin (Urban Forestry.)

“One-on-one companion visit kits for dementia residents in a continuing care facility” student team
This team won a grant to implement and assess their one-on-one companion visit kits for dementia residents in a continuing care facility. The team includes three Human Development juniors Shelbie Turner, Lauren Byrd, and Katherine Eastham; senior Suh Yang (Psychology and Biology) and Anne Brown, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry.

Nina Miller, a sophomore in Agribusiness, designed a project to revitalize a community garden that grows produce to donate to the Giving Tree Food Pantry.

Tana M. Schiewer, who is pursuing her degree in Rhetoric & Writing, used her grant to create a workshop for staff at nonprofits to help them create compelling communication messages.

Students fiilling up water barrels

Student community engagement award

This award is given to select Virginia Tech students who have demonstrated sustained commitment to community engagement during their student careers, and have made notable differences in the community through their efforts. 

The award is funded by service learning benefactors Rachel and Louis Gwin. Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, or community partners may nominate students for the award.