Highlander in Action


  • Completed applications must be submitted to the Citizen Leader Office by April 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM.
  • To ensure funding deadlines can be met, your application should be submitted approximately 4 weeks prior to the start of your project/experience.
  • In cases where you are seeking travel funding, your application should be submitted approximately 8 weeks in advance of your departure.


  • Both pages of the HiA application must be complete, and all supporting documentation must be submitted at the same time as your application. Incomplete applications or applications that do not have all supporting documentation will not be considered for funding.
  • Students who are selected for the HiA program are required to report out on their experience in a presentation at the Citizen Leader Symposium during the semester following their experience.
  • Grant recipients must continue on the Citizen Leader graduation pathway and fulfill requirements to graduate with Citizen Leader distinction.
  • All HiA awards must be used in compliance with University and Sate policies and procedures. Visit with the administrative person in your department or call the Citizen Leader office to see if and how what you have in mind is fundable.


  • Students in good academic standing who are currently and will continue to be enrolled in the Citizen Leader program are eligible to apply.
  • You may not apply for a HiA grant if your project will occur during the last semester of your undergraduate studies. (I.e. if you plan to do research during Spring or Summer 2019, you must be enrolled at Radford University during the Fall 2019 semester.)


  • A small number of competitive awards are available for students participating in meaningful, civically-engaged learning experiences during the fall, spring, and summer months.
  • Projects may be funded partially or in full.
  • HiA grants are not awarded as lump sums to students. The CL Office is required to follow University and State policies related to the procurement of goods and/or services.
  • Students must work directly with the Citizen Leader Office to spend any funds that are awarded.
  • Any non-consumables bought with a HiA grant remain the property of Radford University and must be returned once your project is complete. If, for example, you need a "go-pro" camera to strap to your bike helmet as you pedal and geo-map rural roads in Pulaski, you will need to return the camera to Citizen Leader Office at the end of the project.
  • HiA funding cannot be used for tuition.
  • HiA funding may not be used for international travel when you are part of a study abroad course where other students are not receiving CL funding.
  • Any international travel MUST be approved/vetted through the International Education Center (IEC) before requesting money from the Citizen Leader Program. Students must call the IEC at 831-6200 for an advising appointment.


  • First, identify a faculty mentor who is willing to help you develop your proposal, and then, formally request his or her help as you navigate the application process. Your faculty mentor’s signature is required in order for the application to be considered.
  • Complete all fields on both pages of the application.
  • Compose your proposal narrative (include a cover sheet and use 12pt font, standard font, not to exceed 1000 words). Be sure to address the following:
    • An overview of what it is you will be doing, when it will happen, who is involved, where it will happen, and how you plan to accomplish your goal(s).
    • How does the project relate to the mission of the Citizen Leader Program? https://www.radford.edu/content/scholar-citizen/home/about.html
    • How does the project align with Citizen Leader learning outcomes, "Make connections between one‘s academic experiences/knowledge and one‘s own participation in civic life?”
    • Explain how the experience contributes to your growth as a citizen and leader.
    • How will you continue to build on the project once the HiA experience is over, and how does this project fit into your long-term personal or professional goals?
  • Develop a detailed budget request that outlines specific items and expenses needed to complete your project:
    • When determining the cost of individual items for the budget request, try to be as precise as possible.
    • Ensure the expenses you are listing in your budget can be paid for through this grant program. The University's Procurements and Contracts Office website has a number of helpful documents to guide you as you develop your budget. If in doubt, please contact the Citizen Leader Office (831-2569) for assistance. http://www.radford.edu/content/procurement/home/Manual.html
    • List any other sources of funding. It always looks great when an applicant has been thoughtful and proactive in searching for collaborative partnerships and additional ways to fund projects.
  • Collect two recommendation letters.
  • Recognize this is a competitive grant program and give yourself enough time to write a solid application:
    • Seek recommendation letters well in advance.
    • Revise proposal narrative and then, revise it again.
    • Make sure your proposal is complete and you have thought through what you will need in order to move your project from idea to a set of implementable actions.
    • Follow the style guidelines of your discipline (i.e. APA, MLA) and include all necessary citations.

Approval Process

  • Applications are reviewed by the CL Co-Directors and Advisory Board.
  • Based on the quality of the project and conformity to the CL mission, applications are rated as:
    • Approved,
    • Revise and Resubmit, or
    • Not Approved.