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. 

Application Instructions

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 (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 1, 2017 at 3:00pm. Late proposals will not be considered.

Venture Grant Examples

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  • 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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About Cheshire Academy

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  • The student-centered private school in CT

    Cheshire Academy is a boarding school in Connecticut that challenges students in grades 9-12 and Post Grad to discover and hone their unique talents. This college preparatory school offers personalized learning opportunities like the Roxbury Academic Support Program and the IB Program. Artists can benefit from the Art Major program, while high school athletes can benefit from competitive athletics. Overall, students at the private school are encouraged to become culturally sensitive and internationally minded, and develop the critical thinking skills, confidence, and character that enable them to succeed in college and as citizens of a global society. 
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