Secure Grant Funds

Secure Grant Funds

OWU is dedicated to providing the resources and opportunities to participate in internship, externship, and career exploration experiences.

Thanks to the generosity of OWU Alumni and Friends we are able to provide OWU Connection grant funding to remove barriers and stress related to financial needs students may face as they explore career goals, intern, and develop through their career pathway.

All career-related funding is made through this APPLICATION

Frequently Asked Questions

All OWU students are eligible to apply for the various Career Connection grants to support their internship experiences. However, alumni are unfortunately not eligible to apply for our grants.

These grants are intended to close gaps between what you will make including any revenue you will receive through other funding sources, and your expenses. However, applying does not guarantee funding.

  • rent/living expenses
  • transportation costs (flights, gas, public transportation, Ubers, parking, etc.)
  • professional clothing/uniforms
  • groceries
  • fees associated with your internship

Any expenses not directly related to your internship (ex: a gym membership) are not applicable. In addition, if you are splitting the costs of things like rent, Ubers, etc. please only include your portion in the budget.

For the 2023-24 school year, we will review applications twice a semester. In the fall, they will be due on Tuesday, September 26th(for review before fall break) and Tuesday, November 28th (for review before winter break). In the spring, they will be due on Wednesday, February 20th (for review before spring break) and Tuesday, April 16th (for review before summer break). Should you receive an offer after April 16th, you can still complete the application. However, we cannot guarantee the availability of funds. If the funds will be needed more urgently, please contact

Yes, you can apply for more than one grant. You must show any revenue/funds awarded through other grants in your budget.

Yes, you will need to show proof that you have received an offer from an employer when you fill out the application. However, you do not need to show proof that you have accepted their offer.

Check processing typically takes a week and a half, however, at times it may take longer.

All grant payments will go through NelNet which is OWU’s payment processing system for students. Please make sure your NelNet is properly set up using their FAQ sheet.

Yes, you will need to resubmit a budget showing an increased need. Send this budget directly to

No. The university cannot release grant funds if you have a hold on your OWU account. Please work with financial aid to establish a payment plan or release the hold.

For your application, we ask that your budget include the estimated spending for the duration of your internship for any expenses directly related to your internship (see above questions for examples of what our grants will cover). Click here for a template (must open with OWU email) that you can make a copy of and fill in with your own information. The first sheet is the budget template for the grant application. The second sheet is a template for the budget and actual spending that will need to be submitted at the end of your internship if you are approved for a grant.

We thank the following alumni and friends who support these efforts:

  • Sheri ’84 and Red Cavaney
  • Peter Eastwood ’91
  • Richard ’58 and Marjorie ’60 Hottel
  • Robert McCrie ’60
  • Charlie ’07 and Laura ’08 McKee
  • David Miller ’54 and Fran Cosentino
  • Anne ’61 and David Rismiller
  • Alex Shumate ’72 in honor of John Wesley Shumate
  • John ’64 and Nancy ’65  Wortmann
  • Shadman Zafar ’94

More questions? Please contact Allyson Amstutz at


Career Connection Hours

Day of the week
Hours Drop-Ins
Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm  

Contact & Location

(740) 368-3152

Slocum Hall 207
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015