Sponsored by the Woltemade Center, the Blaine E. Grimes Grant Program is available to Ohio Wesleyan students who are studying Economics, Management Economics, Quantitative Economics, Business Administration, Finance Economics, Accounting, or International Business (must be a declared major or minor). The purpose of the program is to encourage and support internships, especially those related to international or public service programs.

Grants are available for up to $2,000 for fall, spring, and summer semester internships. Interested students who have identified an appropriate internship are encouraged to apply. 

Grant Requirements and Qualifications 

  • Students must be currently enrolled at OWU during the time of their internship. Graduating seniors cannot apply for funding for summer internships after graduation.
  • Open to OWU students who have achieved an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students must show financial need to receive funding. 
  • To qualify for funding, the total length of the internship must be 150 hours or more. 
  • The Blaine E. Grimes Grant does not cover school tuition, on-campus room and board, or student loans.
  • Students must be in good financial standing with the university. 

The Scholarship

With funds provided by Jeff Harris '76, an investor in and board member of Prodesse; and Cynthia Harris '76, the program was initiated in the summer of 2005 and named in memory of the late Economics Professor Dr. Blaine E. Grimes, who taught at Ohio Wesleyan from 1946, until 1988. The program was enhanced by Lou Simpson '58, Chairman of SQ Advisors made a $200,000 gift pledge to help make meaningful internship experiences possible.


Applications for Fall 2023 internships are open. 

Applications for Spring 2024 internships will open on November 3, 2023. 

Applications for Summer 2024 internships will open on March 13, 2024.  

Click HERE to complete the ONLINE Application. 

Click HERE for Budget Sheet to include with the ONLINE Application.  

Please note that you must also submit a letter of acceptance from the company confirming the internship in order to receive any grant money awarded. If you have received an award based on submitting only the application, you will have two weeks from the date of the award to submit your employer's letter of acceptance.


For Fall Internships: 

There are a limited number of grants available for fall internships. Applications will be accepted and considered on a case-by-case basis.

For Spring Internships: 

Grant applications are DUE Friday, December 1, 2023. Students will be notified of the selection committee's decision by Friday, December 8, 2023. We are no longer accepting applications for Spring Internships. 

For Summer Internships: 

Grant applications are DUE Friday, April 12, 2024. Students will be notified of the selection committee's decision by Friday, April 19, 2024. Applications are now closed for Summer 2024 internships. 

Blaine Grimes Awards

Students who are awarded a Blaine Grimes Grant must sign a contract agreeing:

  1. To complete the internship for the period proposed
  2. To submit a 1-2 page summary report of your internship experience
  3. To submit a report summarizing how the grant funds were expended and coordinating receipts
  4. To have a supervisor submit an evaluation of your performance and attendance
  5. To submit a high-resolution photograph of yourself to post on the Center's website
  6. To return the amount of the Blaine Grimes grant if you fail to comply with any of the terms of this contract

For Additional Information, Contact: Destiny Coleman at x3565, dlcoleman@owu.edu