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Lloyd Family Co-op Student Fellowships in Peace Studies and World Law
~ 2019 Competition ~

Click here to see some of the experiences funded by the Lloyd Family Co-op Fellowship Fund

The Lloyd Family Co-op Student Fellowships in Peace Studies and World Law are offered on a competitive basis to support students who are committed to becoming active change agents focused on understanding conflict in international, intercultural and inter-group settings, while developing the intellectual and practical skills necessary for the promotion of peace, global citizenship, conflict management, and world law. The fellowships are intended to backstop Antioch’s institutional commitment to educating global citizens by engaging students directly in transformative co-op experiences in regions where the Cooperative Education Program is committed to building collaborative relationships. Awardees are expected to involve themselves deeply with co-op partners in order to contribute to their efforts, learn through the experience of sustained engagement, expand collaboration, communicate ideas, and encourage creative approaches to the reduction of conflict and the promotion of peace in a variety of ways.

This opportunity is made possible by the Lloyd Family, which has earned a reputation for its contributions to peace studies and civic engagement at Antioch College over the years. After pooling resources from five extended family groups, it made a significant donation to the College in 1989. According to a College press release from that year, the gift is intended to train students as “active change agents to understand conflict and violence in international, intercultural and intergroup relationships, as well as develop significant intellectual and practical skills.” The document expressed commitment to programming that provides students with a “range of knowledge and tools and will enable them to use different disciplinary approaches in thinking critically about human conflict and in problem-solving.” It also stated that programming will “take full advantage of Antioch’s resources as a pioneering institution in experience-based cooperative education that provides students with significant job experiences, both at home and abroad.” Recognizing the crucial importance of securing financial support for international co-op programming and global education generally, the Lloyd Family formally agreed to a modification of their endowment terms in 2014.

The overall intention of the Lloyd Co-op Student Fellowship Program is to position the College to make a significant contribution to the advancement of peace studies and world law through the agency of its students and faculty. This merit-based fellowship program provides stipends to assist co-op students with some of the costs of travel, housing and/or living costs when engaged with organizations that play an integral role in the promotion of peace, global citizenship, conflict management, and world law. Award amounts are determined by travel and living costs for given locations as well as the availability of funds, but generally fall within the range of $1,500 to $3,000 per co-op term. Students who meet the requirements outlined below and feel they will be well-positioned to apply for a Lloyd Co-op fellowship are encouraged to meet with their co-op advisors in order to examine appropriate international opportunities and develop their applications.

Guidelines for Applicants

All students are welcome to apply for a Lloyd Fellowship Award; however, preference will be given to those who:

  • attain the status of a third or fourth-year student;
  • develop a persuasive proposal with the help of their co-op advisor that addresses the objectives of the Lloyd family as outlined above;
  • respond to the overall goals of the Co-op Program by committing to fulltime engagement with an appropriate organization for the full eleven-week cooperative work term;
  • adhere to the overall goals of the Language and Culture Program by planning a cultural immersion co-op in an area where the student’s target language is regularly spoken—although domestic opportunities and international co-op experiences in English-based settings may be considered if funding is available;
  • complete language requirements appropriate to the proposed placement, as demonstrated by the fulfillment of the expectations of the three-year language track with at least a 3.0 accumulative GPA in language coursework at the time of application or the achievement of the level of proficiency expected by completion of the Language and Culture Program as demonstrated through the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

To qualify for the award, students must:

  • be in good academic and disciplinary standing at Antioch College;
  • fulfill the terms of previous cooperative work placements and Work Portfolio courses;
  • provide proof of international health insurance coverage if planning to travel abroad;
  • sign a co-op agreement form that explicitly states the student’s willingness to evacuate from their co-op site, should the College determine that such action is required;
  • attest to the thorough review of travel advisories and other information pertaining to travel risks;
  • complete liability waivers;
  • provide emergency contact information;
  • submit a formal proposal of approximately 400 words (see below);
  • proceed with the second stage of the application process by working through the Co-op Program’s SilkRoad onboarding system.

Application Process

Students should closely review the Lloyd Family Co-op Student Fellowship Guidelines above in order to determine whether or not they meet the basic qualifications. They should then schedule a meeting with their co-op advisor before the end of February in order to discuss possible co-op positions. Advisors will present opportunities from the Co-op program’s list as well as other opportunities of which they may be aware.  Students may also propose a self-design co-op position for this award.

After meeting with their co-op advisor, students must submit a proposal of approximately 400 words in which they describe the intended co-op work, their specific educational goals for the co-op, their language learning objectives, the appropriateness of the placement in relation to the Lloyd Fellowship guidelines,  an explanation of how the experience will support their senior project or otherwise connect to their overall objectives for their undergraduate education, a sense of how the experience helps to position them for their future career goals, and how they plan to bring back what they’ve learned to the Antioch community.

The application proposal should be submitted electronically to the student’s co-op advisor no later than the deadline at 12:00 noon on Friday, March 1, 2019. Completed proposals submitted on time will be forwarded to the Global/International Education Committee or a subcommittee formed by that group. This body will review applications and make decisions as to which applications will be invited to proceed to the second round of review.

Those students whose proposals have been selected will be invited to complete their applications using the Co-op Program’s new SilkRoad Onboarding system. This system will ensure that the student qualifies for the award based on the above criteria.

 Terms of the Lloyd Fellowship Award

Students who are selected, meet the criteria, and accept the award will be asked write a thank you letter to the Lloyd Family, contribute to the development of various educational and/or promotional media (blog posts), as well as attend all pre-departure and post program events as part of the terms of the fellowship. Final awards are contingent on the availability of funds.

Students are informed that any effort to contact a member of the Lloyd Family with the express purpose of influencing a funding decision, interpreting the program’s intent, or attempting to negotiate some form of support for themselves or another student will constitute grounds for immediate disqualification from the application process and exclusion from all fellowship programs offered through the Co-op Program throughout the duration of the student’s tenure at Antioch College. It should be understood that Lloyd family members do not participate in direct decision-making on program awards.

The Co-op Program recognizes that workplace dynamics can change over time and that, for a variety of reasons, students sometimes request to change organizations. That is possible within the context of this program and the student’s safety and wellbeing are our top priorities. That said, leaving an approved position without the approval of the Dean of Cooperative, Experiential, and International Education may negate the funding and require the repayment of funds. Students are thus encouraged to remain in close communication with their co-op advisors in order to address any problems that may emerge.

In the words of former Antioch College president Algo Henderson, one of the primary functions of an institution of higher learning is “to stimulate the society of which it is a part to strive constantly toward better ways of living” (1946). The promotion of what he called an “optimistic view of the possibilities in social change,” we believe, is integral to a liberal arts education. We are thus grateful to the Lloyd family for its generosity, its ideas, and for its faith in the ability of Antioch co-op students to make significant contributions toward the promotion of a more peaceful and collaborative global society. We are also proud of our students who are committed to developing language skills, strengthening their ability to communicate across cultural divides, and using their co-op opportunities to promote peace. Good luck with your proposals!



The Leo and Pearl Guzik Student Fellowship Program: Supporting Cooperative Education Experiences that Broaden Understanding of Jewish Culture, History, and Society

~ 2019 Competition ~

Click here to check out Guzik Family Fellowship funded Co-ops.

The Leo and Pearl Guzik Co-op Student Fellowships are intended to support students who are committed to broadening their understanding of Jewish culture, history, and society while working with an organization that can facilitate significant contact with the people and ideas that animate life in Jewish societies. The program is supported by an endowed fund that was established to encourage American students to study, work, and travel in Israel and engage in efforts to understand the Jewish experience. Fellowship stipends totaling between $1,500 and $3,000 for an academic term are intended to cover a portion of a co-op student’s travel, housing, and/or living costs when working with organizations involved in cooperative education agreements with Antioch College. Funding for approximately four awards will be available this year. Awardees are expected to involve themselves deeply in the networks afforded by co-op employment in order to expand collaboration, communicate ideas, contribute to research projects, collect data for their own preliminary research projects, and encourage creative approaches to the study of Jewish culture, history, and society.

Mr. Guzik, a 1935 graduate of the Fordham University School of Law, was a founding partner of Guzik & Boukstein, Esqs., a Wall Street law firm in New York City. His corporate clientele included many prominent Israeli businesses and organizations. He was a supporter of the American Friends of the Hebrew University and a past member of that university’s board of governors. His connection to the College was through his daughter, Tamara Guzik Bliss ’62, who has been a steadfast supporter of Antioch and a past president of our Alumni Association. Mr. Guzik’s scholarly work on ancient legal texts and his deep commitment to Israel was the foundation of his desire to support Antioch students in broadening their understanding of Jewish culture, history, and society.

Qualifications

All students are welcome to apply for a Guzik Co-op Student Fellowship Award; however, preference will be given to those who:

  • attain the status of a third or fourth-year student;
  • provide evidence of outstanding academic ability;
  • demonstrate proper preparedness and the maturity necessary for the proposed placement by submitting a persuasive proposal, with the help of their co-op advisor, that addresses the core objectives of the Guzik Student Fellowship Program as outlined above;
  • show proper planning for a cultural immersion co-op by thoroughly researching the proposed co-op locality and making preparations in accordance with program norms;
  • adhere to the overall goals of the Co-op Program by committing to engagement with an appropriate organization for the full eleven-week cooperative work term;
  • complete language requirements appropriate to the proposed placement, as demonstrated by the fulfillment of the expectations of the three-year language track with at least a 3.0 accumulative GPA in language coursework at the time of application or the achievement of the level of proficiency expected by completion of the Language and Culture Program as demonstrated through the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). This is expecially important for students who intend to leverage the opportunity to complete a Language Capstone experience. Students should note that foreign language ability is not a requirement for placements in Israel; however students with language skills that will enable them to connect more deeply with cultural groups there are encouraged to highlight their abilities within the proposal.

To qualify for the award, students must:

  • be in good academic and disciplinary standing at Antioch College;
  • fulfill the terms of previous cooperative work placements;
  • provide proof of international health insurance coverage;
  • sign a co-op agreement form that explicitly states the student’s willingness to evacuate from their co-op site, should the College determine that such action is required;
  • attest to the thorough review of travel advisories and other information pertaining to travel risks;
  • complete liability waivers;
  • provide emergency contact information;
  • submit a formal proposal of approximately 400 words in which they describe the intended co-op work, their educational objectives, the appropriateness of the placement in relation to their learning goals, an explanation of how the experience may support their senior project or otherwise connect to their overall objectives for their undergraduate education, a sense of how the experience helps to position them for their future career goals, and how they plan to bring back what they’ve learned to the Antioch community, and most importantly, how they propose to fulfill the goals of the Guzik program;
  • proceed with the second stage of the application process by working through the Co-op Program’s SilkRoad onboarding system.

Application Process

Students should closely review the Guzik Family Co-op Student Fellowship Guidelines above in order to determine whether or not they meet the basic qualifications. They should then schedule a meeting with their co-op advisor in order to discuss possible co-op placements. Advisors will present opportunities from the Co-op program’s list as well as other opportunities of which they may be aware.  It is understood that students may also propose a self-design co-op position for this award.

After meeting with their co-op advisor, students must submit a proposal of approximately 400 words in which they describe the intended co-op work, their specific educational goals for the co-op, their language learning objectives, the appropriateness of the placement in relation to the Guzik Fellowship guidelines,  an explanation of how the experience will support their senior project or otherwise connect to their overall objectives for their undergraduate education, a sense of how the experience helps to position them for their future career goals, and how they plan to bring back what they’ve learned to the Antioch community.

Initial proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and should be submitted to the student’s co-op advisor; however, preference will be given to application proposals submitted electronically to the student’s co-op advisor by 12:00 noon on Friday, March 1, 2019. Completed proposals will be forwarded to the Global/International Education Committee or a subcommittee formed by that group. This body will review applications and make decisions as to which applications will be invited to proceed to the second round of review.

Those students whose proposals have been selected will be invited to complete their applications using the Co-op Program’s new SilkRoad Onboarding system. This system will ensure that the student qualifies for the award based on the above criteria.

Terms of the Fellowship Award

Those students whose proposals have been selected will be invited to complete their applications using the Co-op Program’s new SilkRoad Onboarding system. This system will ensure that the student qualifies for the award based on the above criteria. They will navigate this process through the help of their co-op advisor. Students who are offered the award, meet the criteria, and accept the conditions described above will be asked write a thank you letter to the Guzik Family, contribute to the development of various educational and/or promotional media (blog posts), as well as attend all pre-departure and post program events as part of the terms of the fellowship.

Students are informed that any effort to contact a member of the Guzik Family with the purpose of influencing a funding decision, interpreting the program’s intent, or attempting to negotiate some form of support for themselves or another student constitutes grounds for immediate disqualification from the application process and exclusion from all fellowship programs offered through the Co-op Program for the duration of the student’s tenure at Antioch College. It should be understood that Guzik family members do not participate in direct decision-making on program awards.

The Co-op Program recognizes that workplace dynamics can change over time and that, for a variety of reasons, students sometimes request to change organizations after starting a job. Students are informed that leaving an approved position without the approval of the senior administrator of the Co-op Program would negate the funding and require the repayment of funds to the College.

Antioch College is committed to providing educational opportunities that promote intercultural engagement—one of seven Liberal Arts Learning Outcomes that the College has identified as top priorities. In line with standards articulated by the American Association of Colleges & Universities, it describes this as “demonstrated knowledge of cultures and cultural practices (one’s own and others’); complex cognitive and communication skills for decision-making across cultural contexts; social skills to function effectively and respectfully in diverse groups; and personal attributes that include flexibility and openness to new ideas”. Antioch College is indebted to the Guzik family for its generosity, its ideas, and for its faith in the ability of Antioch co-op students to make significant contributions in this area. We are also proud of our students who are committed to developing language skills, strengthening their ability to communicate across cultural divides, and using their co-op opportunities to promote intercultural understanding.