Capital High Impact Project (CHIP) Grant | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


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Capital High Impact Project (CHIP) Grant

  • The goal of the Capital High Impact Project (CHIP) Grant program is to provide well qualified and highly motivated Capital students with support to engage in high impact educational experiences. These experiences include undergraduate research, community engagement/community-based research, and internships. This grant program may also support study away opportunities that involve undergraduate research, community engagement, or an internship.

    Capital High Impact Project Grants provide up to $3,000 per student. Eligible expenses include:
    • Compensation (stipend and/or living expenses) to support unpaid and non-credit internships, community engagement projects or research experiences in the Columbus area.
    • Domestic and international travel to participate in research experiences, internships, or community engagement projects.
    • Travel to professional conferences and presentations related to the completed high impact practice.
    • Materials for research and creative scholarly activities.
    Funds cannot be used to pay for anything that is covered by tuition/financial aid, is part of the cost of attendance (e.g., room and board, course books), or anything for which one receives credit. Any equipment and materials purchased with these funds become the property of Capital University.
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    • Abby Goodheart
      Student Project Profile

      Abigail Goodhart - Class of 2017
      Major - English

      Abigail spent the summer of 2015 on campus working with Dr. Kevin Griffith on her project, “One Hundred Years of Poetic Identity”. In addition to reviewing the works of female poets including Maya Angelou, Carol Ann Duffy, HD (Hilda Doolittle) and Susan Howe, Abigail created her own original poems influenced by the voices and experiences of these poets. One of the poems that Abigail wrote during the summer has been accepted for publication is Coe Review, a national journal published by the Coe College English department.

      Amanda Rowe – class of 2016
      Major – Biology
      Minors – Chemistry and Psychology

      During the summer of 2015, Amanda completed a 10 week internship at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She was first trained in lab protocols and animal handling procedures. She then studied glycogen storage in mice with Cystic Fibrosis, hoping to find a link between cystic fibrosis and diabetes mellitus. Amanda attended weekly lab meetings, met with her mentor daily and gave a presentation at the end of the program to the other program participants and their mentors. This internship helped with the development of Amanda’s Honors Capstone Project, Glycogen Stores in Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes.

      Nathaniel Powell – class of 2015
      Major – Political Science

      During spring break of his senior year, Nathaniel Powell travelled to the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California. Nathaniel spent several days in the library reviewing press releases, inter-office correspondence and journals to gain a better understanding of the origins of Nixon’s use and definition of the term, “the silent majority”. Nathaniel presented the results of this research, The Great Silent Majority in 1969 and 2012, at the All Politics is Local conference at Walsh University.

      Kelly Bayzie- class of 2010
      Majors – Leadership Management and Marketing

      “Sandwiches with Substance” is the tag line of a new innovative for profit company in central Ohio called Freshbox Catering, LLC. Founded by a Capital Alum, Joseph DeLoss (class of 2006), Freshbox Catering works to develop a sustainable enterprise to alleviate poverty in the lives of the program’s participants. Kelly Bayzie had a 150 hour internship experience at Freshbox as part of her marketing major to learn from fellow alumni, Joe. Over the course of the semester, Kelly was inspired by Joe’s passion and ambition to develop his new business. This passion sparked her own initiative to take on several projects while at Freshbox including creating Freshbox’s first customer database, promotional content, and operations manual. The internship set the course for Kelly’s career in employment/workforce readiness and operational management.

      The only limit to the type of project that can be supported by a CHIP grant is your imagination!

      • Do you dream of travelling to the Louvre to see the paintings that inspire your own artwork? 
      • Do you wonder what motivates athletes, scholars, business people or politicians? 
      • Are you curious about how scientists discover and test the effectiveness of new medications? 
      • Do you imagine yourself helping to dig a well in a small village to provide a source of safe drinking water?

      All of these projects and more could be funded by a CHIP grant. Discuss your ideas with your faculty mentor and don’t be afraid to think big!

      If you have any questions, please contact the Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning at


    • Eligibility
      In order to apply for a Capital High Impact Project Grant an applicant must have completed at least one semester of study at Capital University. In order to access grant funds, students must be enrolled full-time, have completed one year of undergraduate study at Capital and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above at Capital. All awarded CHIP funds must be used prior to the recipient’s graduation from Capital.

      Students may apply for a CHIP Grant beginning in their second semester at Capital University. 

      Applications are due by February 15 each academic year.

      The application includes a detailed description of the planned experience including a timeline (up to 750 words), a description of how the planned experience relates to the student’s academic, career or personal goals (up to 250 words), and a budget.
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      Grant recipients are required to submit a reflection report upon completion of their project (approximately 500 words). These reports are shared with donors and used to communicate about the CHIP program to internal and external audiences. Recipients are also expected to share their work with the Capital community at the Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship.


    • CHIP grants will be awarded based on the merits of the proposal and the availability of resources to support the proposed project as determined by the Student Grants Review Committee. This committee will consist of the Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning, one faculty member from each school of the college, and a representative from Development. Faculty for this committee will be appointed by the Provost.

      The CHIP program is intended to be selective. Therefore, availability of funds and other resources may not be the only limitation on the number of grants awarded each year.

      Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their grant review by April 1.

    • Accessing CHIP Grant Funds

      Capital High Impact Project Grants are awarded to students based on their application materials. Requests for disbursement of awarded funds are made to the Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning. Students may access these funds as early as their second year of study at Capital. Funds must be used and projects completed by the students’ final semester of undergraduate study. If a student withdraws from the university, they forfeit the grant award. Once requests for disbursement are approved, students may proceed with using their awarded funds for their approved project. Note that CHIP funds are taxable. Students are advised to consult a tax professional. 

      After securing a faculty mentor and developing a plan for their project, recipients of a CHIP grant must fill out a Request for Disbursement Form in order to access CHIP funds.

      » Request for Disbursement Form (DOC) 

      Note that no funds should be used prior to submission of this form and notification of approval. Once approved, the student may begin using funds for the approved expenses. 

      Need help?: If you have any questions, please contact the Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning at