COLSA’s SOAR Fund

SOAR Fund Update

We are now accepting applications for spring 2024. 

If you have questions, please contact Lori Dameron at Lori.Dameron@unh.edu

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Kiley Kennedy at Boston Children's Hospital

Supporting Students’ Ability to Reach New Heights

About

COLSA’s SOAR Fund is designed to assist undergraduate students with experiential learning expenses by providing stipends for internships and expenses.  Stipends may be used to supplement unpaid internships or pay for transportation to interviews and career events. The SOAR Fund is a rolling fund and accepts applications year-round. While all COLSA students are invited to apply, applicants with financial need are strongly encouraged.

Criteria for Applying

Sydney Snelling pipetting

Sydney Snelling, Biomedical Sciences major interning at Lonza

  • General: Students must be in good academic standing with the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and the University.
  • Students who accept stipends agree to provide a reflection of their experience at its completion and agree to be interviewed and featured in COLSA's Spotlight Series.
  • Students may only receive funding from the SOAR Fund one time during their academic career.
  • Internship Stipend: Students must have secured an internship related to their career goals and provide documentation (e.g., signed offer letter). Please note that all the data provided will be verified.
  • Internships may be full or part-time but must be a minimum of 10 weeks in duration.
  • Career Travel Stipend: Students to provide documentation of the event for which career-travel stipend is being requested.

Application Process

Internship Stipend

  • Students may apply for an internship stipend by submitting the following documents:
    • An updated resume
    • A one page essay delineating how this internship experience impacts their long-term career and professional goals, how the funds will be used in support of their experiential learning, and why this is important to them.
    • Proof of the internship through an offer letter on company letterhead detailing the number of hours per week, start and end date of the internship, and explicitly states that the internship is unpaid.
  • The SOAR Fund is designed to assist undergraduate students in gaining industry experience. Regretfully, it cannot fund on-campus and university experiences; internships for which you are receiving credit and/or required for your major, and dietetic internships because they are post-graduation experiences.

Career Travel Stipend

  • Students may apply by submitting the following:
    • A half-page document delineating why they are requesting the funding, where they seek to use it, and a statement of need.
    • Associated documentation providing evidence of the travel-related expense(s).
    • An updated resume

Applicants with financial need are strongly encouraged to apply. Please include an explanation on how these funds will allow you to pursue an experiential opportunity that otherwise would not be possible or would create an undue financial burden.

All applications will be reviewed, and applicants notified of the status of their application within three weeks of submission.

  • Finding Her Fit in the Field of Animal Rehabilitation
    Kaylee Galvin ’24 is a double major in zoology and neuroscience with a minor in marine biology. She is from Dudley, Mass. Thanks in part to a stipend from COLSA’s SOAR fund, Kaylee was able to accept a summer internship as a wildlife care intern at the Center for Wildlife in York, Maine. The ...
    Finding Her Fit in the Field of Animal Rehabilitation
    Kaylee Galvin ’24 is a double major in zoology and neuroscience with a minor in marine biology. She is from Dudley, Mass. Thanks in part to a stipend from COLSA’s SOAR fund, Kaylee was able to accept a summer internship as a wildlife care intern at the Center for Wildlife in York, Maine. The ...
  • A perfect opportunity turns into perfect fit
    Emily Kiss ’25 is a wildlife and conservation biology major from Madison, Conn. who spent her summer interning at the South Florida Wildlife Center thanks in part to a stipend she received from COLSA’s SOAR fund.
    A perfect opportunity turns into perfect fit
    Emily Kiss ’25 is a wildlife and conservation biology major from Madison, Conn. who spent her summer interning at the South Florida Wildlife Center thanks in part to a stipend she received from COLSA’s SOAR fund.
  • In Alaska, Listening to Whales
    Emma Iovene ’24 is a marine, estuarine and freshwater biology major who spent the summer interning in Alaska for the Sound Science Research College, thanks in part to financial support she received from COLSA’s SOAR Fund.
    In Alaska, Listening to Whales
    Emma Iovene ’24 is a marine, estuarine and freshwater biology major who spent the summer interning in Alaska for the Sound Science Research College, thanks in part to financial support she received from COLSA’s SOAR Fund.
  • Love for marine animals leads to internship
    Olivia Lucia ’26 is a marine, estuarine and freshwater biology major who is spending the summer caring for marine animals and conducting research as part of her internship at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
    Love for marine animals leads to internship
    Olivia Lucia ’26 is a marine, estuarine and freshwater biology major who is spending the summer caring for marine animals and conducting research as part of her internship at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
  • A summer spent rehabilitating wildlife
    Wildlife and conservation biology major Emily Chesterton ’25 talks about her rewarding internship at the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Massachusetts.
    A summer spent rehabilitating wildlife
    Wildlife and conservation biology major Emily Chesterton ’25 talks about her rewarding internship at the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Massachusetts.