Two Students Earn Grants from Better World Fund

August 19, 2014

In its second year, the university’s Better World Fund awarded grants to two students participating in summer service projects in underdeveloped areas. The fund is designed to assist current students in funding projects, trips or activities that will contribute to and approve the world around us.

Allison Belcher, a graduate student, was awarded $1,000 to help fund a mission trip to Grand Goave, Haiti, to help build shelters and work with children ages 4 to 15 in the orphanage.

Belcher will work with Be Like A Brit, a U.S. organization which operates an orphanage built in memory of Britney Gengel. Gengel was a Lynn University student who was killed in the 2010 Haiti earthquake while on a service trip. Belcher’s sister attended college with Gengel and recently spent a month volunteering at the orphanage and surrounding community.

“She has inspired me through her stories and experiences, along with the story of Be Like Brit,” Belcher wrote in her grant application. “I want to go to Haiti and give the kids in the orphanage the attention they need and deserve. I also want to learn from them and help any way I possibly can.”

Belcher travelled to Haiti for about a week in May and will share her experience with the rest of the university through a presentation during the academic year.

The second grant recipient was John Canterbury, a computer security and investigation major whose request for support in 2013 inspired the creation of the Better World Fund.  He received $2,100 for a second trip to work with Breaking Chains in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Canterbury spent a month in summer 2013, in Tegucigalpa building houses, working at orphanages, leading groups on mission trips, and helping to feed and house homeless people at Breaking Chains Ministry. When the month was over, he knew he wanted to return.

“With this being my last summer off before graduation in 2015, it could be my last chance to go for the foreseeable future,” he wrote in his grant application. “Helping as much as I can in Honduras has been the greatest experience of my life so far, and I want to continue doing so. If you set your mind to it, you can change the world for someone.”

Canterbury traveled to Honduras for 45 days in June and July and will also share his experience with the rest of the university through a presentation during the academic year.

The university plans to award two or three grants per year through the Better World Fund, and recipients are chosen by the president and executive vice president for finance and administration. To apply for a grant, students must:

  • Submit a request form along with a budget and an essay describing the project
  • Be registered at Indiana Tech for the semester before and after the project dates
  • Present their experience at a campus forum after the project is completed