LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2022) — The application window is currently open for the new Wildcat Internship Scholarship Program (WISP).
WISP, funded by the University of Kentucky Women and Philanthropy Network, is designed to provide financial assistance, professional development and mentorship support for students seeking participation in internships and related field experiences that are unpaid or minimally compensated.
With a focus on first generation, diverse, Pell and Federal Work-Study eligible students, this program combines students’ internships with professional development resources, academic credit options through EXP 396 course enrollment, and a paired mentor to encourage, empower and inspire students to fully capitalize on their experience. Scholarships are available to support travel to internship locations, food and housing costs, or to partially fund wages for an unpaid or minimally compensated internship.
Basic program features include $500-$2,000 scholarships depending on need. This support is extended to students participating in internships or field experiences between January 2022 to August 2023. Participation includes:
Opportunity to enroll in EXP 396 experiential education course (1 credit) tied to completion of the internship.
Involvement in Wildcat Works, an online, co-curricular professional development program that focuses on professionalism, teamwork, critical thinking, resume-writing and networking.
Connection with a professional mentor who will meet individually with the student on a monthly basis for at least six months to support their internship experience and professional development.
WISP scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students from any academic discipline, major or college who are in good standing with the University of Kentucky. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.