The Alumni Association of the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program Invites All UTD Undergraduates to Apply for a Victor Worsfold Grant for Community Service
The Eugene McDermott Scholars Alumni Association is inviting all University of Texas at Dallas undergraduates to apply for one of its inaugural Victor Worsfold Grants for community service. Named after long-time UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities faculty member Dr. Victor L. Worsfold, the Association intends to fund projects that target the broad array of challenges that our local, national, and international communities face.
“We are looking for creative solutions to important community problems,” said Andres Correa, Chair of the Association’s Grants Committee. “And since the Worsfold Grants is a new initiative, our aim is to impose few limitations on the type, structure, and scope of community work and encourage innovation instead,” he added.
Students can apply on their own or in groups, and the grants will not be limited to any one type of community work or discipline. Whether the project proposes to alleviate poverty, support education, or spread the arts, and whether it seeks to do so in our University, city, nation, or even abroad, the Worsfold Grants offers grants as low as $250 and as high as $1,500 per project, depending on the project’s proposed budget and needs.
“The Worsfold Grants is one way in which the Association wishes to preserve and extend the legacy of service and leadership of the McDermott family,” explained Alex Garcia-Topete, President of the Association.
The Grants Committee will be composed of UT Dallas faculty, staff, and alumni, and it intends to award up to $3,000 in grants in the Spring of 2015, and it expects to fund a set of grants each Fall and Spring semester. When selecting projects to fund, the Committee will evaluate things like the significance of the community problem to be addressed, the soundness of the approach, how innovative the approach may be, and whether there will be any collaboration with existing community resources, among other considerations.
Applications are now available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and they must be submitted to the Committee no later than April 17.
Dr. Victor L. Worsfold was a UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities faculty member from 1975 to 2001. Dr. Worsfold taught courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of education, and the humanities. For nearly a decade, Dr. Worsfold served as a consultant to the McDermott Scholars Program and as an advisor to its scholars. Dr. Worsfold passed away on April 21, 2013, but he will live on forever in the minds of scholars and alumni alike as a treasured member of the McDermott faculty.
The Eugene McDermott Schollars Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) organization composed of graduates of the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program of the University of Texas at Dallas. The Program annually selects promising, high-achieving high school seniors and provides them with an education emphasizing intellectual and scientific development, leadership, community service, charitable giving, cultural enrichment, and international study. The Association seeks to build and promote these educational goals by supporting and improving the quality of the Program’s student experience, advising the Program, and contributing to the progress and development of the University and the greater Dallas community.
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