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Take Time Out to Change the World

Eve Joslyn Madalengoitia ’86 will spend the next year composing original music.
Eve Joslyn Madalengoitia ’86, of Poughkeepsie, will pause her career for the next 12 months in order pursue her lifelong interest in music composition. Read about her project here.

Thirty years ago, an anonymous alumna established the Time Out Grant to fund projects near and dear to the hearts of fellow alumnae/i. What would you do if you could take a year off to try and make a difference in the world? Vassar alumnae/i who have reached their 40th birthday by June 30, 2020, and wish to make a career change or take time out to pursue a long held dream, are eligible to apply for this grant.

Your Time Out grant proposal may focus on any field, and need not be related to your present career. Proposals involving innovation and out-of-the-box thinking, with an end goal of significant change, are encouraged. Your project must be designed to span a time frame of at least twelve months. Please be clear on how the Time Out Grant funds will specifically be used in fulfilling your goal. You must be willing to take a full year off from your current endeavors and devote yourself full time to your project.

The 2018 Time Out Grant Awardee, Pam Weiant ’92, took time off from her job at a Hawaiian marine conservation organization to launch a movement to spur young people’s interest in science and the environment via mobile scientific learning centers.

Learn more about previous Time Out Grant recipients and their projects:

Application Process is Closed

The Time Out Grant application process is closed. The application process takes place from September to December of any given year and recipients are notified in April. Check back in September 2019 for application instructions for the 2020 Time Out Grant.