STCE encompasses brief but impactful encounters in healthcare, from one-day engagements to those spanning several weeks, including shadowing professionals, attending workshops, or volunteering with a healthcare organization. Funding for these opportunities ensures that financial hurdles do not prevent students from gaining crucial practical insights, skills, and networking opportunities.
Covered expenses include travel, transportation, meals, professional attire, and essential tools for the role. A detailed budget form is expected with the application.
Award AmountMaximum allowance for an experience depends on the duration:
- One-day (one-time shadowing experience, workshop, etc.): Up to $100
- 1-10 Weeks (volunteering, shadowing, etc.): Up to $500
- 10+ Weeks (year-long volunteering commitment): Up to $1000
Requests over those limits need to be supported by a detailed budget form and explanation for the expenses.
The maximum yearly allowance per student is $1,000.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year and must be received in Handshake by Sunday night at midnight for the application to be considered at the next committee meeting (that Monday or Tuesday).
Currently enrolled Reed students are eligible to apply.
Applicants may receive a maximum of $1000 from the DHCF STCE Fund per academic year. You may apply more than once if you have not yet reached the $1000 limit. Funding requests will be reviewed by CLBR staff and your experience supervisor and, if approved, may be fully or partially fulfilled depending on the applicant’s financial need, strength of application materials, and availability of funds. All approved funding requests will be paid through the Business Office as a cash advance. Receipts are required, and unused funds must be returned. Funding for awarded applications can sometimes be received by Friday that week, but often not until the following Friday, so please plan ahead. Holiday weeks can also delay the receipt of funds.
All applications will be submitted in Handshake Experiences. The application consists of filling out the "Request an Experience" form and then uploading three documents as attachments. These are the three documents to upload: A one-page resume, a cover letter, and a budget. Please include your name and the document type (cover letter, resume, or budget) in the file name and upload all documents as PDFs. You won't be able to upload your documents until after you submit and complete the form.
"Request an Experience" Form
The experience type you'll select at the top is "The Daniel Healthcare Career Fund (DHCF) 2023-2024." There will be two to three pages included in this form. There are some optional questions at the top of the form; please fill in as much information as you have. You will need to provide the name and email address of your experience supervisor, and they will see your form responses, as well as your attached documents, except for your budget, which will only be seen by CLBR staff. The last question on the form will require you to include a two to three-sentence short summary of your opportunity for potential use in publicity and stewardship materials.
An up-to-date one-page copy of your resume summarizing any work and volunteer experiences relevant to the opportunity for which you are applying.
Upload a PDF document of no more than 1,000 words with the following components:
- One-paragraph introduction that succinctly summarizes your proposed experience and the benefits to you.
- Description of how this experience fits your career goals in the healthcare field.
- Description of the mission and purpose of your host organization.
- Description of the work/project/activities you anticipate doing, as well as a description of your motivation and interest in this area.
- Summary of the skills, knowledge, or other relevant preparation you will bring to this position.
- Outline the desired educational outcomes of this experience, how they apply to your goals, and how your experience host will support these outcomes.
Upload an itemized budget of your summer expenses and an explanation of how you will cover any expenses that exceed the award amount. Please use our budget template. Refer to our budget FAQ first if you have questions.