CLAC Scholarship Program

CLAC is piloting a program to support member institutions as they advance their professional development programs by providing access to modest financial support for professional development opportunities.

Professional Development Scholarship Program

CLAC places a high priority upon the continuous development and cultivation of talented IT professionals pursuing careers at liberal arts colleges. CLAC is piloting a program to support member institutions as they advance their professional development programs by providing access to modest financial support for professional development opportunities.  CLAC does not limit where it will invest these dollars but does place a priority on funding applications from members that focus on early career development and first time participation.

The CLAC board is allocating a fund  of $15,000 for 2017 to support this pilot program. Funds will be awarded on a rolling basis as applications are made for consideration.  The application process is competitive, and all applications are reviewed by CLAC’s Board.  Additional awards will be made throughout the year until the yearly allocated funds are exhausted.

The CLAC Professional Development Scholarship Program will fund:

  • One or more individuals from an institution to attend one or more workshops, training or other professional development opportunities in a given year
  • The  maximum contribution an institution may receive from the CLAC  Professional Development Scholarship Program is $1500 per year.  These funds can cover all or part of the costs for travel and registration for one individual OR can fund several smaller scholarships for one or more individuals up to the institution maximum.
  • The institution is expected to fund any amount over the $1500 limit for any proposals submitted.

Examples might include but are not limited to:

  • Support for a staff person newly named to a position with management responsibilities to attend an Educause leadership/management institute
  • Support for an institution to send someone to a supercomputing conference for the first time in the institution’s history
  • Support for an individual to attend a multi-day costly workshop such as an InCommon CAMP or a  5-day MS SQL administration program, to expand institutional capacity
  • Support for a relatively new hire in an instructional technology team to attend ELI

Eligibility

  1. All staff at member institutions in good standing are eligible to apply.
  2. Any member institution may take advantage of this opportunity, up to a yearly maximum of $1500 per institution.
  3. The Board will consider applications as they are received and place the highest priority upon applications from individuals within the first 5 years of their professional career at a liberal arts college, new to a leadership role, and/or first time participation at a particular program for either the individual or the institution.

Application Process

Applicants should apply at least 90 days in advance of the program to assure there is adequate time for the application to be received and reviewed by the CLAC Board.

A complete application will include:

  • A letter from the IT senior leadership at the institution endorsing the application, and in particular committing the institution to fund any difference between what CLAC funds and the cost of the opportunity.  This letter should be directed to chair@liberalarts.org

The online application will require answers to each of the following questions:

  1. Name, Title
  2. Email, Phone and other relevant contact information
  3. Years at Institution
  4. Years in Present Position
  5. Years working in Higher Education
  6. Description of Program of Interest with any relevant URLs
  7. Value of attendance for individual
  8. Value of attendance for institution
  9. Commitment to present, if applicable, at an upcoming CLAC Conference and/or to share details about the experience with other CLAC members
  10. Detailed TOTAL budget for proposed opportunity (even if it exceeds CLAC maximum of $1500) which should include all travel, meals, accommodations and registration expenses

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