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The GO Fund at Otterbein


How you learn matters.

Employers say that, when hiring new college graduates, they look for certain types of experiential learning that demonstrate the graduates’ ability to be successful in work environments and a variety of cultural experiences, namely internships and study abroad. 

This is why Otterbein, which is recognized as a national leader for hands-on, experiential learning, has created the GO:Fund, or the Guaranteed Opportunity Fund. Otterbein believes that more students should have the opportunity to take advantage of these life-changing experiences. The GO:Fund makes that possible.

“Traveling to London gave me the opportunity to experience a vibrant city that has played a role in the lives and writings of my favorite writers – from Shakespeare to Virginia Woolfe,” said literary studies major Rachel Scherzer ‘15. “Experiencing the city allowed me to feel the energy that those authors found in London and see how it contributed to their work.”

Beginning with new freshmen enrolling in Fall 2015, the GO:Fund provides a one-time $2,500 grant to support a transformational study abroad or internship experience for eligible students, which can be used during the student’s junior year of study to participate in an Otterbein-sponsored program. 

GO:Fund Eligibility

In order to participate in the GO:Fund students must:

  • Be admitted as a freshman into your first-choice major at the time of application, offed by one of the following departments: English, History and Political Science, Modern Languages and Cultures, or Religion and Philosophy
  • Have earned at least 64 semester hours at Otterbein
  • Have a cumulative Otterbein GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be a full-time student the term you choose to use your GO:Fund grant*
  • Participate in an Otterbein-sponsored program
  • Remain in a major in your original department of admission

*If using the grant for May term or summer, with less than full-time enrollment, you must have been enrolled full-time the previous Spring semester and must be registered for full-time enrollment for the following fall semester.