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Service-learning grants

Service Learning Grants are awards for participants or Site Leaders who complete projects based on their trip experience. There are two types of Service Learning Grants: creative grants and Baireuther grants.



Creative Grants are awards of $60 for conducting a small service learning related project. This may consist of photography, artwork, creative writing, interviews, or blogs. Creative Grant projects may be featured on the ASB website.


Creative Grants details:

  • $60 grant

  • open ended project–up for interpretation, must create something

  • photography, video, poetry, writing, research, etc

  • must lead one night of reflections on your trip

  • must relate to service learning in some way

  • must submit your project by April 1, 2023


Baireuther Grants are awards of $250 for conducting a detailed, research-oriented paper. These grants require a faculty advisor, as well as a official bibliography. Baireuther awardees may be featured in the ASB Literary and Research Journal, Pathways, in the spring.


Baireuther Grant details:

  • $250 grant

  • Research based paper

  • must lead one night of reflections on your trip

  • must have a faculty advisor or community partner

  • must include one interactive element (survey, interviews, observations, event, etc)

  • 4 phases of research:

    • phase 1: sign contract/create sources list/advisor or Cville organization due (end of January)

    • phase 2: concrete plan of action + interactive element decided/discuss ethical information & plans for trip discussion (end of February/beginning of march)

    • phase 3: revisions and peer editing (post trip-mid March)

    • phase 4: submit essays to Ned! (April 1, 2023)




Applications Due: Tuesday, December 20th at 11:59 PM EST

Applicants will be notified: January 10th, 2023




Service Learning forms a key part of ASB’s mission. ASB trips emphasize not only the service performed in other communities, but also the increased self-awareness that occurs through reflection and interactions with others.



Service Learning entails:

  • Reflecting on the nature of service and on the role of students in the communities both at their ASB sites and at home

  • Understanding worldviews that may challenge currently held ideas or beliefs

  • Increasing self-awareness through interactions with fellow participants and the culture and/or environment of the site


ASB integrates service learning into its trips through nightly reflections that allow participants to discuss issues and experiences from their service and human interactions and through pre-trip and post-trip activities with site leaders to build a greater understanding of particular sites and of the service performed.


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