Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions not listed on this page please contact the Honors Fellowships Coordinator, Chelsie Craddock.

What is the William & Mary Honors Fellowships program?

The Honors Fellowships program is an initiative at the College that allows you to fund–at any level–faculty-mentored student research projects.

What is the Charles Center?

The Roy R. Charles Center facilitates the honors and interdisciplinary programs at the College.  It promotes faculty development, student research and scholarship, and administers the Monroe, Murray, and Sharpe Scholar Programs. The Center is located in Blow Hall.

What is GiveCampus?

GiveCampus is a social fundraising and engagement platform. It empowers educational institutions to meet donors where they spend their time and make giving more than just a transaction — increasing acquisition, reactivation, retention, and upgrades. By blending models like crowdfunding, peer-to-peer fundraising, and social networking, GiveCampus helps make philanthropy more social, more interactive, and more fun. It was built by a former Facebook engineer to bring people together in support of the schools, causes, and initiatives that they care about.

What are the requirements for honors research projects?

All students who have been approved by their departments to conduct Honors research are eligible to apply for fellowships of up to $6,000 through the William & Mary Honors Fellowships program. A faculty committee reviews these applications and awards five fellowships funded by Ted Dintersmith ’74, an alumnus who completed honors theses in both physics and English when he was an undergraduate. Those students who are not chosen for one of the initial Dintersmith fellowships will receive funding from gifts collected through the William and Mary Honors Fellowships Web site.

What are the costs associated with a summer research project?

• $4,000 to the student for 10 full-time weeks of summer pre-honors research
• $1,000 for the student to use for project-related expenses
• $1,000 for the student’s faculty advisor, to support his or her research

Can I give any amount?


What if I would like to give by check?

Due to the short fundraising period of the Honors Fellowships program, please contact us before sending a check so that we can designate your gift to the correct project or projects. Please email Chelsie Craddock or call  (757) 221-2460.

Checks should include the designation: Charles Center Honors Fellowships (3283) Student’s name project (e.g., Susan Johnson project) and can be sent to:

Office of University Development
Gift Accounting
P.O. Box 1693
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8779

Can I give to more than one project?


Is my donation tax deductible?

Your gift to the William and Mary Honors Fellowships may not qualify for a tax deduction. For example, gifts made to Honors Fellowships projects involving the participation of persons you know, such as family members and friends, while welcomed, do not qualify for tax deductions. For further clarification, please contact your financial advisor.

Can I follow the students’ research after I donate?

Yes! You can follow our students’ research on the Honors Fellows blog.

Can I give money year round, or is there a deadline by which I have to donate?

To ensure we are able to fund as many student projects as possible, gifts should be received by April 5, 2017.  Gifts received after April 5 will be applied to the ongoing work of the honors student selected or other student projects at the discretion of the Charles Center Director.

Can I give to the Honors Fellowship General Fund?

Yes. You can make a gift to the Honors Fellowships General Fund. Gifts received in this fund will be distributed to student projects at the discretion of the Charles Center Director.

The Honors Fellowships program is an initiative at the College that allows you to fund–at any level–individual faculty-mentored student research projects.