Rizzolo-Larson Venture Grant

The annual Rizzolo-Larson Venture Grant offers up to $5,000 in funding to benefit Cheshire Academy students as they carry out innovative projects of high merit that are unique, exciting and demonstrate “outside the box” classroom learning. Students must write proposals and apply to the Venture Grant committee. Financial support is awarded to select students in order to enhance their educational experiences beyond the boundaries of the Academy. Recipients must work on their projects during the summer months and present their experiences in the fall through an all-school presentation and lecture to student groups and department seminars.


Venture Grants were created to provide opportunities for enrichment outside of the confines of existing curricula and yet within the educational philosophy of Cheshire Academy. The Venture Grant Advisory Committee helps students carry out innovative projects of high merit which benefit the individual applicant and the Cheshire Academy community.

To apply please read the application instructions and regulations carefully. Please submit your application online and your supporting materials to Mr. James Rogers at james.rogers@cheshireacademy.org.
Your application must include:
  1. A 250-500 word typewritten description of your intended project including:
    • The relationship to your academic program and/or general educational interests
    • What personal growth you hope to gain from participating in this experience
    • How you intend to share your experience with the Cheshire Academy community in the Fall
  2. A detailed budget showing how the requested funds will be used. You should prepare an itemized list that includes expenditures for:
    • Food
    • Lodging
    • Transportation
    • Registration fees
    • Expenses
  3. The name of one current faculty member who has agreed to serve as your advisor in this project.
Proposals must be submitted by February 5th, 2019 at 3:00pm. Late proposals will not be considered.

Venture Grant Examples

American Red Cross Certification

Summer courses offering life-saving skills of basic first aid, child and adult CPR, and AED.

Archeological Dig, Romania

Excavation of Halmyris, the last Roman fortress on the Danube. Project conducted through Earthwatch, a program that recruits volunteers for research expeditions all over the globe.

Cultural Immersion, Spain

Study in Madrid and Marbella through Enforex, a cultural immersion program offering summer study abroad opportunities for high school students.

Host Family Stay, Fiji

Home-stay with a local family in a small village in Fiji. Visit included interacting with young children and helping to build a local school.

Visual Representation of Brahms’ Violin Concerto

Funding to construct a four-by-eight foot drawing of a favorite classical piece to hang in the Cheshire Academy library.

Yale Alumni Service Corp, China

Work at a summer camp located in a remote village outside of Shanghai teaching young children about American culture.

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