Flyer Write Intern Scholarship Fund

64% of $5,000 goal
This campaign ended on April 06, 2022, but you can still make a gift to University of Dayton by clicking here!
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An Anonymous DonorRebecca Potter matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $100

Sue and Bill Trollinger photoSue and Bill Trollinger matched $2 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $200

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500

The Project 

Good writing is an essential skill across all professions. English majors are expert writers and their skills are in high demand. Yet early professional learning experiences, like internships, can be a barrier to students because they are often expected to work for free. Our program aims to reduce barriers to internship experiences by providing support to any student who secures a 3-credit unpaid professional writing internship with a Dayton community organization in the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Who We Are 

The Writing Internship Program is designed for undergraduate English majors and minors to:

  • gain professional writing and editing experience before graduation,
  • discover the impact of their writing outside of the classroom, 
  • explore interests related to their vocational calling, and
  • experience how strong writing skills can be used in a specific position or career.

The Impact 

Our goal is to reach $5,000.00. This amount would allow us to place 10 Writing Interns with Dayton community organizations over the 2022-2023 academic year, and to provide each of these Writing Interns with a $500 grant-in-aid.

Funds for this program will provide students with a grant-in-aid to support their professional development during a full-semester, 3-credit Writing Internship. Students will use these funds to offset the costs associated with an unpaid internship: clothing/professional dress, travel or transportation, registration for attendance at professional networking events, meals, etc. These everyday costs pose real barriers for students, especially those who cannot afford to give up time from a paying job to pursue this professional opportunity. 

If we exceed our goal, we will increase the award amount for the 10 Writing Interns from $500 to disperse all funds equally. Even if we cannot reach our goal amount, we will distribute funds to Writing Interns based on an appropriate award amount.

What Your Gifts Will Do 

Your gift will ensure that students will have access to a high-impact learning opportunity through a Writing Internship. Through your direct support of our students' work with Dayton community organizations, your gift also impacts the Dayton community, whose non-profit organizations rely on our Writing Interns for support and servant leadership.

All gifts make a real impact, so please give what you are able!

Share this Message 

Your support will greatly impact the Department of English Writing Internship Program. Please share this page with your networks - friends, family, co-workers, fellow students, alumni, etc. and encourage them to give in support of our program. 

Thanks for Your Support!

One More Day!! 1 Day, 1 Dayton is Upon Us!

Dear Friends -

As we eagerly await tomorrow's 1 Day, 1 Dayton Annual Day of Giving, I hope you'll continue to share our campaign with your friends, colleagues...anyone who supports good writing! 

I'm also pleased to share another story of our Writing Internship Program's impact. Senior Maddy Bartsche writes:

During the summer after my sophomore year, I was able to intern at a business-to-business recycling magazine. This writing internship was something that transformed me from a nervous underclassman English major into the professional I am today. The internship provided me with ample opportunities to conduct interviews, research unfamiliar topics, and write feature stories. I remember the pride I felt when I got the July issue of Recycling Today in the mail and saw my story in print. Writing internships help students realize their passions and validate the value they can bring to the word through their writing. 

Thank YOU for helping to make opportunities like Maddy's available to our Writing Interns! 

747 days ago by Patrick Thomas
An exciting 9 days ahead! Poems for Pledges & a Matching Gift!

Friends -

We're riding the wave of your generosity as we continue toward 50% of our donation goal! Thank you for your continued support! 

This week, we have 2 very exciting challenges for the Flyer Write Internship Campaign!

Poems for Pledges!

When is the last time someone honored you with a poem? Donors who contribute starting today (Monday, 3/28) through Friday, April 1st, will receive a poem written especially for them by one of our English creative writing students! 

Matching Gift Challenge

Thanks to an anonymous Friend of the English Department, we now have a matching gift of $500! All donations are will match dollar-for-dollar up to $500!

Thank you for your continued support, for valuing the work that our Writing Interns do, and for creating new opportunities for our students in the coming year!

755 days ago by Patrick Thomas
The Impact of Our Interns

Dear Friends,

Interested in learning more about the impact our Writing Interns make? Charlie O'Kane (Class of 2022) shares his experience interning with DATV - Dayton Public Access Television last spring. 

Our campaign continues apace, thanks to your support! We're only $75 away from reaching our matching gift provided by Drs. Sue and Bill Trollinger! Can you give us a shout out so we can reach this match today? 

We'd love to hear from you about why supporting our interns is important to you! Feel free to reach out to me at and share why you support this campaign! 

With great appreciation,

762 days ago by Patrick Thomas
A quick update on the Flyer Write Internship Campaign: Week 1

Dear Friends, 

As the Flyer Write Internship Scholarship Campaign wraps up our first week of fundraising, I'm thrilled to share that we have raised nearly 20% of our fundraising goal! We are *so close* to our first $1,000, all due to your generous support! Thank You!!

To reach our fundraising goal, I hope you'll consider helping our campaign in any of the following ways: 

  1. Please share our campaign link in your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email): 
  2. Encourage others to match your donation!
  3. Tell your story on our campaign page! Why does the Flyer Write Internship Scholarship matter to you? Simply scroll to the bottom of our campaign page and click on "Create Your Personal Plea". 

The Flyer Write Internship Scholarship will create meaningful opportunities for our students by reducing financial barriers to internships. On behalf of our English majors, thank you for your continued support - I know with your help we'll reach our $5,000 goal in the next 3 weeks! 

Let's go Flyer Writers!!


766 days ago by Patrick Thomas

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