The Ben Alexander Grant for Faculty

Each year since 1998, Peck has awarded a grant to a faculty member for a personally enriching summer experience. With a stipend of up to $2,500, teachers flex their growth mindset as lifelong learners while they explore a topic of sincere interest—which does not need to relate to their teaching responsibilities at Peck.

The grant is available on a five-year cycle to faculty members who have been teaching full time at Peck for at least two years (or part time for three years). After submitting a detailed proposal outlining the significance of the travel, program, seminar, or activity they seek (and its potential impact on their life and teaching), recipients arrange their experiences during the summer or other school vacation periods.

Afterwards, the recipient presents their reflections to the full faculty, and then serves a three-year rotation on the Grant Committee for subsequent awards.

To name just a few adventures, grant recipients have:
  • Toured castles in England
  • Studied the history and culture of the Native American Tribes of the Desert Southwest
  • Taught English classes in China
  • Explored Machu Picchu and Easter Island
  • Visited baseball stadiums of the midwest
  • Enrolled in surfing lessons, guitar lessons, and piano lessons
  • Written poetry
  • Investigated their ancestral roots