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Hastrup Award 


The Gunilla Hastrup Adventure Award was created by family and friends of Gunilla Hastrup – a Caltech Y Board Member who loved sharing Swedish traditions, but also enjoyed travel, exploring, and learning about others - to provide students the opportunity to explore  their family roots or family origins to gain a better understanding of their cultural identity, and/or explore and learn about a culture different from their own.a different culture. This could be another country or a different part of the United States.

Applications Due: January 20th by noon          Finalist Interviews: Friday, January 27th between 3 and 6 pm

Who is Eligible

  • Applicants must be current Caltech Undergraduate or Graduate students in good academic standing.  Graduating students are also eligible for the award.  Joint applications with another student or a spouse / significant other are also allowed, but both must complete the application separately.

  • Applicants choosing an international destination must be 18 years or older. There is no age restriction for domestic destinations, however a parent/guardian will be expected to sign a waiver.

Proposal Guidelines

If you are an interested Caltech undergraduate or graduate student who is in good academic standing, you should submit the itemized budget form with anticipated expenses and an application that provides:

  • The requested demographic information

  • A concise written narrative describing how you intend to use the award and how these plans fulfill the spirit and purpose of the award.  Please also include what you hope to gain from the experience.

  • Added details, if travel is proposed

  • Acknowledgement of the agreements that recipients will be expected to sign

Application and Selection Process:

  • A review committee consisting of Caltech Y Board Members, students, faculty and/or staff will review proposals, identify and interview finalists, select the recipients, and determine award amounts based on need, and funding available.

  • Awardee(s) cannot hold multiple travel awards (e.g. Bishop, San Pietro, ACT, etc).

  • SURF students are not permitted to have other commitments during SURF, including evenings or weekends.  However, activities before or after the SURF period are eligible.

What Awardees Receive

  • Awardees may request up to $5,000 individually or $6,000 in pairs for funding to cover expenses for their proposed experience, including registration and program fees, travel, lodging, food and incidentals. The selection committee will determine award amounts (may be full or partial funding) based on need and funding available.  Awards may have tax and financial aid implications.  Students are advised to consult with a tax advisor and/or the financial aid office with any questions.

What is required of Recipients

  • Meet with Y staff to review and sign an agreement outlining expectations and deadlines in order to accept the award.

  • Complete the proposed experience as outlined and approved by September 30th. Any changes to the proposed experience must be pre-approved. 

  • Submit an expense report with receipts for reimbursement.

  • Submit a report sharing details on what was done, learned / gained from the experience, along with pictures, that can be shared with donors, and used for reports and promotional materials. Reports can be made in in a mutually agreed upon format (for example, but not limited to - a written document, video presentation, blog post, interview, article for the Tech or the Caltech Y Newsletter, etc.)​

  • Recipients may also be asked to give an optional presentation summarizing the experience to members of the Y Staff, Board of Directors, and/or donors, as well as interested students as available.


The Caltech Y is here to help! Applicants with questions about the award or application process are encouraged seek input via phone 626-395-6163, email, or in-person at the Caltech Y.

Some of the past recipients:

2022  Jeff and Miranda Kerkovius explored a new culture in Seoul, South Korea.

2022  Fatemeh Aghlmand honored her dad by traveling to an area of Turkey with ties to where he was from.

2022  Jordan Benjamin connected with family roots and distant family members in St. Croix, Trinidad and

          Tobago, and Barbados.

The Caltech Y reserves the right to revoke the award at any point due to safety and security concerns or changes in recipient eligibility or proposal. 

To apply you must submit both the application and a budget.

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