Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to Provide $250,000 for APEX Fellowships

Bridge grant will expand availability of fellowships to more students

1 November, 2013 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio, Nov. 1, 2013 – The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have announced that they will provide $250,000 to expand APEX Fellowship opportunities for Wooster students. The foundations’ support comes in the form of a bridge grant that will enable the college to increase the number of fellowships available now, while working to grow the APEX endowment to provide even more support for fellowships in the future.

APEX is The College of Wooster’s center for integrated student academic and career advising, planning, and experiential learning. It is a one-stop shop where students work with staff to explore and develop their educational and career plans, and to connect classroom learning with real-world experience through an array of internships, field experiences, entrepreneurship programs, and research opportunities.

While some organizations that sponsor these experiential learning opportunities provide stipends or other financial support for participating students, others do not. APEX Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis and allow students to take advantage of opportunities that otherwise would be out of reach financially. 

“APEX encourages students at Wooster to become passionately engaged in their education and empowers them to make more informed and intentional academic, professional, and personal choices,” said Wooster President Grant Cornwell. “We are extremely grateful to the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations for their strong and timely support of this endeavor.”

In announcing the grant, Nancy J. Cable, president of the foundations, wrote, “In making this philanthropic gift to The College of Wooster, the trustees and staff of our Foundations honor your organizational strength, the quality and intention of your proposal, and your leadership.”

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are a national philanthropic organization established through the generosity of the late American industrialist, Arthur Vining Davis. From their inception, the foundations have been strongly committed to the support of private higher education in America, with particular emphasis on private, four-year, residential liberal arts colleges.

The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student’s own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.