Center for Transformative Learning

Office Location:

3rd Floor, Stephenson Hall


859-985-3404 Peer Cons.

859-985-3670 Faculty Dev.

859-985-3656 Internships

859-985-3656 Career Dev.


M.–W.:9:00 am–8:00 pm

Th.:9:00 am–3:00 pm

5:00 pm–8:00 pm

F.:9:00 am–5:00 pm

Closed daily:12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Discovery Funds

The application process and funding is administered by the Discovery Fund Committee, which meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month.  Applicants will receive e-mail notification of approval/denial of their request.  You may contact with any questions or follow-up.

Individual Student Applications

Grants from the Discovery Fund are intended to support an enriching off-campus educational experience within the United States.  Students may apply individually for these funds to help pay for various types of experiences including, but not limited to, travel as part of a course, an independent study, service-learning experience, a conference or an exchange (note that these funds are not intended for travel to job or grad school interviews).  Students may receive up to $100 funding for professional exams through the Discovery Fund. Discovery funds are intended to serve as a supplement to the overall expenses and are not meant to cover the entire cost of an experience. 

  • Individual Application forms should be submitted via e-mail to as early as possible prior to travel.  Applications submitted less than three weeks prior to travel run some risk of not being processed in time.
  • Students on probation of any kind are not eligible for Discovery Fund Grants with one exception.  Students who are on academic probation and enrolled in GSTR 101 (the study skills course) can be considered for a grant during the probation term. 
  • Students are required to submit proof of attendance or participation (such as a receipt for paid conference registration, copy of airline ticket or hotel bill, etc.) along with this form, if available at the time, or immediately following travel.
  • Funds are credited to the student’s account prior to the event, if timeframe allows. If it does not, the account will be credited after the event.

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Mission & Vision


The Center for Transformative Learning (CTL) inspires and empowers members of the Berea College community to grow personally, intellectually, and professionally, by connecting to one another and to resources that support deep and active learning for life.


The Center for Transformative Learning (CTL) will be the nexus for faculty, staff and students to explore innovative teaching and learning, link to high-impact educational practices, and embrace work and vocation.