What is the David A. Plastino Scholars Program?
The Plastino Scholars Program was established in 2007 by a gift from UD alumnus David A. Plastino to help outstanding University of Delaware undergraduate students realize their dreams by supporting them in self-designed, off-campus learning experiences that create a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.
The grants provide funds that make a transformational difference in the lives of Plastino Scholars and enable them to pursue a passionate interest to a degree not otherwise possible.
The David A. Plastino Program awards study grants to selected undergraduate students who exhibit extraordinary talent, promise and imagination.
Normally, around four to six Plastino Scholars will be awarded each year. In 2019, three projects were funded. The amount of each award will depend on the nature of the experience proposed. Except in unusual circumstances, the maximum individual award will be $6,000.
Any undergraduate student at the University of Delaware may apply provided that, at the time of application, he or she is enrolled for at least twelve semester hours and has not completed more than five semesters.
The rule of thumb for determining your suitability to apply to the Plastino program is to determine if you will be returning to campus as a student after your Plastino experience. Seniors who are graduating this academic year and not returning for the Fall semester are therefore not able to apply.
Plastino Scholars serve as "Plastino Ambassadors" after they complete their experience, bringing their knowledge back to the University of Delaware community when they return, and therefore, only returning students are eligible