The Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Leadership
2013 Student Ambassador Awards

Student Ambassadorships are $5,000 awards that support a student-designed project in independent learning and innovative results. Projects may include travel, internship, research, community service, entrepreneurship or other activities and should result in identifiable and transformative results for the individual student and the community.

Ten Student Ambassador Awards are available
  • The Frank Vafier Ambassadors in Leadership (2 offered in 2013)
  • The James Houston Ambassador in Innovation
  • The James N. Leary Ambassador in Leadership
  • The Community Advocates Ambassador in Community Engagement (must be undertaken in Livingston
  • County, NY)
  • The Gerard Gouvernet Ambassador in French Language and Culture (applications will be reviewed by the Department of Languages and Literatures; see the Department Chair for additional information )
  • The Provost's Ambassador in Diversity
  • The John A. and MaryGrace Gleason Ambassador in Student Affairs
  • The Edward Pettinella Ambassador in Business
  • The CAS Ambassador in Entrepreneurship



Eligibility Criteria
  1. Ability to work successfully in a self-directed project
  2. Demonstrated interest in innovation, leadership, and community values
  3. Willingness to participate in the Student Advisory Board of the Center in 2013-14
  4. Willingness to give a presentation on the funded project to the Geneseo community
  5. Must be returning to Geneseo full-time for fall 2013

Applications must include 
  1. The completed application cover form (.pdf or .docx) .
  2. A personal statement (3 pages/1000 words max) describing your motivation for the project, the qualities that suit you for the project, and the learning you expect as a result of the project.
  3. A project proposal (3 pages/1000 words max) that includes a description of your project, a timeline for your work, and a budget (view a budget template as a .pdf or .docx). Funds may be used for stipend, materials and supplies, travel expenses, etc.; see attached template. You may attach a budget explanation if you do not have specifics for all items yet. Please also identify any campus or community mentors you expect to consult. Work and funding for the project can begin as early as May 27, 2013, and should be completed no later than December 31, 2013. 
  4. A current resumé. 
  5. Names and contact information for two faculty or staff at Geneseo who will supply letters of recommendation. Letters should comment on your ability to work independently and your capacity for innovation and leadership. Letters will be submitted separately to the Provost's office. Additional letters from community partners may be submitted.


Selection Process

Review of applications and recommendations will be carried out by the Center's Facilitation Group (.pdf) and the Student Advisory Board (.pdf) Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Innovative potential of the central idea of the project
2. Probability of individual growth in capacity for inquiry, discovery, and leadership
3. Quality and clarity of application
4. Feasibility of the project in the time frame identified.


Please submit your application in electronic form to by Monday, February 18, 2013. Letters of recommendation should be sent separately by the referees to by February 18. Awards will be announced by Wednesday, March 27, 2013.


For questions or further information, feel free to stop by the Provost's Office (Erwin 205) or contact Provost David Gordon ( or his assistant, Jennifer Glieco ( The call for proposals and the application guidelines are also posted on the Provost's webpage