Honors Enrichment Awards

Honors Enrichment Awards (HEAs) were created thanks to the generosity of Honors College donors. Students can apply for up to $3,000 to assist with non-credit bearing activities related to their academic or professional pursuits.

HEA funds may be used for the following costs associated with the activity:

  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Program registration fees
  • Conference registration fees (only if you are presenting at the conference)


HEA funds may NOT be used for:

  • Personal expenses such as clothing, food, beverages (including alcohol), passport fees, optional excursions, and emergency funds
  • Donations and mandatory fundraising for non-profits, service organizations, religious organizations, and other charities
  • Tuition costs, salaries, payments to individuals, hardware or equipment such as computers, musical instruments, or recording devices


Activities NOT eligible for funding:

  • Traditional study abroad programs
  • Alternative spring break trips through UDAB or other University departments
  • Conferences, unless you are presenting or participating in a poster session and your department is providing matching support
  • Activities that will take place after your graduation from UD
  • Trips to destinations listed on the US State Department’s travel warning page. Note that the University normally does not permit institutionally funded student trips to countries on the State Department’s warning list. If your travel destination is under a Travel Warning, it will be your responsibility to present your case to UD’s Risk and Security Assessment Committee to request an exception to this policy. Funding will be rescinded for any awardee whose petition is not approved.


A note on Undergraduate Research:
Students seeking funding for Undergraduate Research/Senior Thesis related activities should first explore funding options through the Office of Undergraduate Research. See http://urp.udel.edu/content/funding. If the research activity is not covered by the amount funded by the UR Office, students can apply for supplemental funding through an HEA. Please note that the HEA funds are typically matching funds to the amount given from UR.


A note on Independent Trips:
Requests for funding independent trips are encouraged, but students must provide documentation of their activities if they are not going through a formal program or organization. For example, if you will be visiting several libraries in different cities, we would require confirmation that you have scheduled appointments at those locations. We cannot provide funding for independent trips that are “plan as you go” or “plan once you get there.”


A Note on Service Trips:
For any activities organized through a non-profit organization or other similar entity, we need confirmation that the organization is legitimate. The NGO or non-profit should be thoroughly researched, and documentation should be provided with the application.

  • Medical Service Trips
    Students applying for medical service trips should confirm that the activities of the trip are consistent with guidelines and practices of the American Medical Association or major governing organization for other fields (dental, veterinary, etc.). Some MedLife trips have raised concerns, so please be sure to research these experiences thoroughly. Priority will be given to trips that use funds in the most cost effective ways (for example, length of stay in relation to the cost).


Applying with friends for same activity:
We cannot guarantee funding for multiple students applying for the same activity. Some students applying for the same program may receive different levels of funding depending on the strength of the applications. Priority would be given to students who have a connection with the activity to their academics. Funding may be less for each individual if multiple students are awarded funding for the same activity.


Application Procedure:
In addition to the completed application (available around the beginning of the fall and spring semester each year) you must submit:

  • An essay, not to exceed two pages, explaining the connection of the enrichment activity to your academic goals and future professional pursuits and why you are a good candidate for this award.
  • A detailed description of the program/activity for which you are requesting funding.
  • Documentation that verifies the cost of the program (i.e. website printouts, travel agent quotes, mileage estimates for gas costs from website, etc.). The evaluation committee needs to see how your costs are calculated and where the estimates came from. An expense form is included in the application to help you calculate the amount of your request. No portion of this award may be used for alcohol.
  • One letter of recommendation from a UD faculty member who endorses your proposal and how you would use the award. This recommendation factors highly into the selection process. The faculty member should specify in the letter how this activity connects to your academic and/or professional plans. Additional reference letters may be submitted as support. Honors College staff members may write additional letters of support but may not be the primary reference, other than the Honors College Dean, in their capacity as a faculty recommender.
  • An unofficial copy of your transcript.


Additional Notes:

  • Award money is taxed as income. If you choose to receive your funds in advance rather than be reimbursed, your funds will be taxed as income.
  • The program or activity must be completed within six months of the application deadline.
  • Award money will only be provided to students. We will not reimburse faculty, departments, or programs if they make purchases on a student’s behalf.
  • Receipts must be submitted for all money received.
  • Students may receive multiple awards. A maximum of $3,000 may be awarded during your time as an Honors student.
  • If this opportunity requires acceptance into a program, our funding is contingent on that acceptance.
  • Accepting funding obligates you to complete a brief program evaluation, as well as provide a 1-2 page written report, maximum of 600 words, illustrated with pictures to post on the Honors College website. You also may include a link to your own blog if you wish, but a blog is not required. These materials are due prior to the start of the subsequent application cycle.


Time Line:

Applications are due twice a year, in mid-October and mid-March. During the application period, Honors College staff are available to talk with students about their projects and what might be needed for the application.

Fall 2022 Application Cycle – Submit the form below with questions about your application or to request a meeting with an Honors College staff member.

HEA Questions & Meeting Request Form

Student Eligibility:

Full-time Honors College students with an overall grade point average of 3.40 or higher are eligible to apply.

Past Enrichment Award Experiences