Winter Break Community Engagement Program

The McKeen Center allows students receiving Bowdoin financial aid to volunteer with a nonprofit or municipal organization between semesters and receive a reflection stipend after submitting reflection materials.

The Program

The Winter Break Community Engagement Program (WBCEP) allows students of aid the opportunity to provide 50 hours of volunteer service to a nonprofit or municipal organization over the 2023-2024 Bowdoin winter break. Participating students will receive training, support in identifying a host site, and check-ins from the McKeen Center. Volunteer work can be remote or in-person. 

Students will receive a $750 reflection stipend for completing the WBCEP reflection essay and evaluation survey at the end of the program in January.

2023-24 Program Timeline:

  • 10/18/23 WBCEP Application Opens
  • 10/25/23 WBCEP Info Session: If you missed the information session, you can watch a recording and answer a few questions in order to be eligible to apply to the WBCEP. 
  • 11/15/23 Rolling Admissions Begins
  • 12/4/23 Rolling Application Deadline*
  • 12/19/23-1/21/24 Volunteering Period
  • 1/21/24 Reflection Materials Due and stipend paid upon submission

*Unless WBCEP reflection stipends are fully committed prior to 12/4

Questions? Contact Tom Ancona ( or schedule a meeting)

Program Information
News from Past Winter Break Community Engagement Program Projects