Take Time Out to Change the World

What would you do if you had a year off to change your life while helping to change the world?

Bishop Joseph Tolton ’89, the 2021 recipient (depicted above), plans to use the grant to start the Pan African Young Adult Leadership Program. The program will bring together 21 activists from Uganda, Rwanda, the Congo, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S. with the goal of promoting a 21st century global Pan-African movement.

Time Out Grant

Each of these Vassar graduates, and many others over the past three decades, was able to realize a dream that encompassed their own lives and the lives of others, thanks to the Time Out Grant, funded by an extraordinarily generous, anonymous Vassar alumna.

Vassar alumnae/i who have reached their 40th birthday are eligible to apply for the Time Out Grant.  Proposals involving innovation and out-of-the-box thinking, with an end goal of significant change, are encouraged.  Projects must be designed to span a time frame of at least twelve months. You must be willing to take a full year off from your current endeavors and devote yourself full-time to your project.

Application Process is Closed

The Time Out Grant application process is closed. The application process takes place from September to December of any given year and recipients are notified in April. Check back in September 2021 for application instructions for the 2022 Time Out Grant.


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