The Thomas E. Critchett Fund supports projects, guest visits, and activities of literature students at Macalester. Thomas Critchett ’79 earned a degree in English from Macalester and died an untimely death in 1990. Each year we honor his spirit by using his bequest in this way.

Critchett Fund Proposal Form

Guidelines for Proposals from Students

We invite students to complete Critchett Fund Proposals for specific projects. If you don’t see the kind of project you’d like to propose below, send the proposal anyway. We always welcome new ideas in the spirit of Thomas Critchett’s bequest. A departmental committee meets regularly to consider proposals and distribute the yearly fund equitably.

  1. To help defray expenses of honors projects, such as hardware like cameras or recording equipment, or for travel. Complete a Critchett Fund proposal up to 500 words, describing your project, what you need and why, and the amount you are requesting. Equipment belongs to the department after the student has finished working with it. Make four copies of your proposal; make sure your name and contact information is on it; leave the copies in the mailbox of the departmental chairman in the English Department office. Proposals will be considered as funding is available.
  2. To help defray the expenses of applying to graduate school, especially English, comparative literature, creative writing, and English/education, with a limit of $300 per student. To apply, print and fill out the Critchett Fund Graduate School Application Fee Reimbursement Form, attach your receipts and a brief written statement of your graduate school goals (which may be a copy of the Personal Statement you used for your applications) and submit to the department coordinator. Applications must be submitted during the same academic year in which you are applying for graduate programs, and the deadline for submissions is March 1 of that year. You can apply for reimbursement up to two years after graduation, but you may not request this support if you have already been reimbursed for applications made in a prior year. Proposals will be considered as funding is available.