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Y.L. Hoi Memorial Award

The Y.L. Hoi Memorial Award supports students as creative agents of change in Baltimore. Undergraduate and graduate students developing projects that use art and design practice and thinking to create a new paradigm for racial understanding, equity, and inclusion may apply.

About Y.L. Hoi

As a successful self-made businessman in the Chinese furniture, arts and crafts trade, Y.L. Hoi worked to connect quality products to an international consumer base. Through his keen business sense and ingenuity, combined with an openness to new partnerships and international expansion, Y.L. Hoi developed a highly successful business that endured over five decades.

For his family, his vision extended beyond his home in mainland China and Hong Kong, to provide his descendants with opportunities to develop and learn beyond their country of origin. At the same time, he firmly believed that civic and educational engagement began at home. Recognizing that education and philanthropy are the cornerstones of community Hoi and his wife decided to bequeath most of his estate to universities and charities in Hong Kong. Y.L. Hoi embodied the principles of inclusion and access to opportunity for all, regardless of race, class, or creed.

Y.L. Hoi Award

The Y.L. Hoi Memorial Award supports students as creative agents of change in Baltimore. Students developing projects that use art and design practice and thinking to create a new paradigm for racial and/or ethnic understanding, equity, and inclusion may apply. Proposed projects should:

  • Promote racial and/or ethnic understanding, equity, and/or inclusion;
  • Incorporate art and design practice and thinking;
  • Be designed and implemented in partnership with Baltimore community organizations or groups serving Baltimore neighborhoods and;
  • Leverage the strengths of MICA (e.g., other students, programs, initiatives, alumni, network, etc.)

Awarded projects should be a catalyst for Baltimore communities - raising awareness, empowering individuals, and fostering positive change. Undergraduate students of all artistic approaches, mediums, and disciplines are welcome to apply.

Applicants may apply for up to $5000 in funding for such expenses as materials, supplies, entrance fees, and transportation that are integral to the development or implementation of qualifying projects. Grantees may apply for funding to compensate commissioned artists or guest speakers participating in projects.

Below is the list of materials that must be submitted online by 11:59 PM on either of the following application due dates.

For projects in Fall 17 or Spring 18, Sunday October 29th, 2017

For projects in Spring 18 or Summer 18, Sunday January 28th, 2018

FAQs

Who is eligible for a Y.L. Hoi Memorial Award?
All current undergraduate and graduate students at MICA can apply.

What types of projects qualify?

Proposed projects should be community-engaged and:

  • Promote racial and/or ethnic understanding, equity, and/or inclusion;
  • Incorporate art and design thinking;
  • Be designed and implemented in partnership with Baltimore community organizations or groups serving specific neighborhoods and; (specific do we need this)
  • Leverage the strengths of MICA (e.g., other students, programs, initiatives, alumni, network, etc.)

Awarded projects should be a catalyst for Baltimore communities - raising awareness, empowering individuals and fostering positive change.

How much funding can I request? What can I use my funding for?
Applicants may apply for $500 to $5000 in funding for such expenses as materials, supplies, entrance fees, and transportation that are integral to the development or implementation of qualifying projects. Grantees may apply for funding to compensate commissioned artists or guest speakers participating in projects.

How do I receive a NIH Research Ethics Training Certificate?

Please note that this is a new requirement for completing an application. You can take the training and earn your certificate here: https://phrp.nihtraining.com/users/login.php
Please note that the training takes approximately 3 hours. Your certificate will be valid for up to 3 years.

How long does it take before I know if I've been awarded a grant? What will I need to do?

Applicants are notified approximately 2 weeks after the application due date as to their status. If you are conducting a project with a vulnerable population, you will be asked to complete MICA's IRB process before you can begin your project. You can learn more about it here: www.mica.edu/IRB

How do I gain access to my funds?

Most awardees will be paid via check. Awardees are responsible for any taxes that may be incurred. If you have any questions about your income tax liability, you should contact the IRS or your tax advisor. OCE will work with international student awardees that are not allowed to be paid via check.

Can I apply for the Hoi award if I've been awarded one already?
Yes, you can. However, to be eligible for a new award you must have fulfilled all the requirements of your previous award's acceptance letter.

Who will be reviewing my application and how are funding decisions made?
All applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of one or more of the following: MICA faculty, MICA staff, and/or community members. Input from the committee determines whether or not the project is funded and at what amount.

What follow-up is required once I have completed my project or spent all of my funds?
All awardees MUST submit:

  • project report
  • At least 5 high-res photos from project process and results

You can access the report form on our Reporting About Your Project page.

If you have further questions, please contact our office at grants@mica.edu or 410-225-2504.

This page was last updated on 09/05/2017.

Info-sessions

  1. Info-sessions

    Join us at our office in Fox 110 with any questions you have about applying for OCE opportunities.

    Community Engagement Grant Info Sessions

    Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017
    12PM-1PM

    Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017
    12PM-1PM

    Y.L. Hoi Award Info Sessions

    Wednesday, Sept 20, 2017
    12PM-1PM

    Thursday, Oct 12, 2017
    12PM-1PM

    You can also contact us at grants@mica.edu.