Pearl Simon Award

Have you ever been inspired to enhance your life, expand your horizons, and learn more about yourself through a perspective-changing project or activity?

The Pearl Simon Award has been established to provide the means for undergraduate students to foster their own personal and emotional growth.  We know that relationships, resilience, and reflection are key to students' success in college and in life; this award is designed to make the development of these three R's possible.  When you finish the experience, a written reflection will complete the process. You can be awarded these funds for an opportunity, interaction, or exposure to people, a program, or culture beyond your current life experience.  Projects must be at least one month (or January term) in length.  Here is a summary of various projects funded in the past.  Please complete the application, and one on-campus reference to be considered for the Pearl Simon Award.  The amount varies slightly year-to-year; in 2018-19, the Pearl Simon Fund will award up to $1550. You will need to submit:

  • an application (which includes a statement describing your proposed project/activity, at least one month in length, or January term and a budget indicating the anticipated expenses)
  • one letter of reference from a faculty or staff member (sent to Cynthia Terry)

The Pearl Simon Award was established to fund activities and experiences that promote students' emotional and psycho-social growth and development through experiences that may not meet the criteria for other funding sources. Only individual experiences will be considered for funding; no group requests will be considered. All experiences must be one month in length (or January term) and must be completed before the end of the following summer or prior to graduation for seniors. All application materials are due by Monday, October 29, 2018, via the google form application above.  Contact Chaplain Cynthia Terry (cynthia.terry@goucher.edu or 410-337-6048: with any questions.