The Francis J. and Earla E. Rocks Experiential Learning Fellowship Endowment Fund provides financial support for undergraduate student projects for experiential learning to students seeking a major or minors in any of the following academic departments: art history and art. classics, English, modern languages and literatures, music, and theater and dance.

See guidelines and deadlines for more information and to apply online.

2017 Recipient

  • Jared Shank, to help subsidize the cost of the NICA’s (National Institute of Circus Art in Australia) Certificate IV Program.

Past Recipients


  • Eva Barrett, to participate in the National Undergraduate Creative Writing Conference at James Madison University in the summer of 2016.
  • Paige Klopfenstein, to enroll in The Michael Chekhov Acting Technique Certified Teacher Program, to enroll in the ‘A Practical Approach to Directing Program,’ and to facilitate a weekly workshop for fellow students.


  • Eliana Fabiyi, to support travel to Italy for a month, in order to take workshops in the Jerzy Grotowski School of stage acting. Originally from Poland, this acting method teaches an actor how his/her physicality relates to producing emotion, and how to be truthful when relating a character’s story on the stage.


  • Abirami Subramanian, to support expenses associated with project titled,” Water and Health Education Initiative in Crucede Blanco, Dominican Republic.


  • Austin Bennett, to support expenses associated with project titled, “Language and Gestures Research.”
  • Alexandra Litofsky, to support expenses associated with project titled, “ Improved Cookstoves in Cruce de Blanco.


  • Paavan Mehta, to support expenses associated with project titled, “Los Tres Alcazares”.


  • Jane Rose Atalig, research to perform an investigation of Ancient Megalithic Structures known as “Taga” Stones.