2019 David C. Donelson Fellowship recipient Hugo Caplow with a painting by Johannes Vermeer
2019 David C. Donelson Fellowship recipient Hugo Caplow with a painting by Johannes Vermeer

The David C. Donelson ’77 Fellowship was created in 2013 in fond memory of David Donelson ’77, who treasured learning and a free spirit.  The world was a place of wonder —”So much wisdom flying around here. I’m just trying to catch as much as I can” — and he would enjoy the idea of enabling exploration and benign insanity for students of Carleton. His spirit lives on through the fund.

Please note that the David C. Donelson ’77 Fellowship may be applied for ONLY during Winter Term.


The Donelson Fellowship is intended to support the very spirit of a liberal arts education through the funding of a student or students to, in the words of Walt Whitman, “loaf and invite the soul” through a special project, trip, or other initiative.  


Up to $5,000 total available to be awarded to one or more students.


First-Years, Sophomores, and Juniors; Seniors who will be returning for the following Fall Term are also eligible to apply.  Applicant must be in good academic standing.

Selection Criteria

The award is meant simply to broaden intellectual, cultural, or creative horizons of its recipient. Frivolity, if it feeds the spirit and stretches the mind, is welcomed – though not required. A selection panel will review each application to determine whether it shows the creative spirit this award seeks to foster. 

Application and Recommendation Process 

Deadline: 11:59 PM on Tuesday, February 6, 2024

  1. Complete the online Application, and attach
  2. Your Resume.
  3. Faculty/staff online Recommendation form to be submitted by ONE recommender by February 12, 2024.
    After the application due date, we will forward the final version of your application to your listed recommender and request the recommendation.

*NOTE:  For joint proposals, if group members do not share a connection to a single recommender, each member of the group should request a recommendation.


Please contact Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, Laird 131, x4300.