Deese Initiative Grant – Asbury University
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Deese Initiative Grant

Since 2004, the Deese Initiative Program (formerly the Asbury Initiative Program) has awarded 180 grants to 178 students who have served in 59 countries. The Deese Initiative Program is intended to encourage service opportunities for Asbury University sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors to perform volunteer work in the areas of international community; social and economic development, including credit and business cooperatives; public wellness and treatment; literacy and education; and other public services in developing countries.

The program enables eligible Asbury University students to have valuable experiences outside the classroom, which may motivate them to consider careers in international service. Students may participate with religious, secular, or governmental organizations. The grants will cover up to $10,000 for expenses related to transportation to/from the site, lodging, meals, miscellaneous expenses related to the service project, and a stipend to partially cover lost wages. View the application process and checklist.

Asbury University gratefully acknowledges the establishment of the Asbury Initiative Program, which was established in 2003 with a pledge of $1 million from Phyllis McRoberts ’53 West and her husband, Stephen R. West, in honor of the life and ministry of Ernest M. Steury, M.D. ’53 and Mrs. Jennie Sue Groce ’54 Steury who served as missionaries in Kenya with World Gospel Mission.

The Asbury Initiative Program received permanent funds from Wynelle Scott ’61 Deese in 2015 allowing it to continue as one of the most incredible opportunities on campus for students. The Judge and Mrs. J.W. Deese Initiative Program continues to further the purpose of volunteer work in the areas of international community, social and economic development, public wellness and treatment, literacy and education, and other public services in developing countries.

*Special Note: The Deese Initiative grants cannot be used to perform internships in countries where the United States does not have a favorable relationship or where travel by U.S. citizens is not advised. Applicants and recipients affected by travel warnings or restricted travel should contact Ashley DeMichael. See the U.S. State Department website for current information.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 15, 2025, at 11:59 p.m.

For more information and questions, please contact: Ashley DeMichael, Director, Global Programs & Initiatives.