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Student Opportunity Fund (we are no longer accepting applications, please check back in August)
Below is some information and frequently asked questions about the two funding options available to students.
- The Dean of Students Co-Sponsorship Fund is available to clubs and organizations seeking financial support for their social, cultural, educational, and/or service philanthropic events.
- The Student Opportunity Fund is available to individual students pursuing personal, professional, and educational development.
The Dean of Student Office seeks to promote educational, cultural, and social campus opportunities by providing co-sponsorship funds to student clubs and organizations. Please complete this form in its entirety to be considered for funding. Please contact the Dean of Students Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Dean of Students Co-Sponsorship Fund
What’s the difference between the Dean of Students Co-sponsorship Fund and the Student Opportunity Fund?
The Dean of Students co-sponsorship Fund provides supplemental funding to recognized Lehigh University student clubs and organizations for their events. The Division of Student Affairs, including all the Dean of Student departments, combined their co-sponsorship funds into one place so student organizations don’t have to solicit various offices. The DOS co-sponsorship fund can provide modest grants to organizations hosting events that are open to all or part of the LU community, i.e. all LU students, faculty, staff, and/or local community members. Preference is given to events that are planned by more than one group, and that are educational, social, service, and/or cultural.
This fund is maintained by Katherine Lavinder, Dean of Students.
The Student Opportunity Fund provides financial assistance to individual undergraduate students to further their personal, professional, and educational development. This fund has been made possible by the generous annual donation from a private anonymous donor. The goal of this fund is to reduce individual students’ costs to participate in experiences that contribute to their personal and professional development. The fund is not able to support international travel experiences.
The fund is maintained by Jess Manno, Director of Assessment, Student Life Curriculum & Staff Development.
I know Dean Lavinder personally, can I email her my request for funding or do I need to fill out the appropriate funding request form?
Please fill out the Student Clubs & Organizations Funding Request Form on LINC-Lehigh Involvement Connection. This will expedite the request by providing all the necessary information. Also, by using the form the dean's assistant, Amy Grim, will be informed of your request and process it quickly.
Can I contact the other offices in Student Affairs and the Dean of Students Office for funding?
There is no need to solicit funds from the other departments individually, since they already contributed to the social improvement fund.
I am not a member of a club or organization, can I still request funding?
This fund is specifically to support events that are planned and hosted by recognized Lehigh University clubs and organizations. If you are interested in an individual funding option, you can see if your request fits the criteria of the student opportunity fund.
How long does it take to process the form and how will I be notified?
Request your funding well in advance of your event. Response time is typically under a week. Planning is key to the success of your event and providing as much information on the form, including uploading your budget. Utilize the information on the Student Center Facilities webpage for event planning. http://studentaffairs.lehigh.edu/node/103
You will receive an email regarding your request.
I am a member of a graduate student club or organization. Can our group apply?
Yes, and only one person from the group needs to fill out the Student Clubs & Organizations’ Fund Request Form.
Through the generous contribution of an anonymous university donor, the Dean of Students Office is able to provide financial assistance to individual undergraduate students to further their personal, professional, and educational development. This need-based fund was established to allow students, who may not otherwise be able to afford it, to take advantage of opportunities to participate in academic and co-curricular experiences by providing a funding subsidy to defray their out-of-pocket expenses. Some examples of experiences/events that may qualify for this subsidy are: training seminars, conferences, workshops, on- and off-campus educational or skill development seminars, programs, educational trips, PreLUsion trips, etc. The goal of this fund is to reduce individual students' personal financial expenses related to such experiences and to provide financial access to students who may not otherwise be able to afford to participate.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Student Opportunity Fund
Can the fund be used for travel abroad? How about for internships?
Unfortunately, the Student Opportunity Fund cannot be used to fund travel outside the United States. It also cannot be used to support expenses related to professional and/or academic internships.
How many people in my organization can receive funds for an event?
Grants can be given to no more than 5 students for any one event. Funds are limited, and so many different groups of students want to attend such varied conferences, conventions, etc., that we try to spread the available funds around rather than granting them to just a few opportunities.
How many times a year am I eligible for a grant from the Student Opportunity Fund?
In general, students are eligible for one grant per academic year. Also, as a rule, students do not receive awards during the last semester of their senior year.
If I receive an award, can I get a cash advance or can I only receive the funds through reimbursement?
Often times expenses such as airline travel and conference registration can be paid directly by the Dean of Students Office. In some cases, however, it makes sense for students to receive cash advances and to settle those advances when they return from their trips. Other times, it works better for students to register or otherwise pay for some of the expenses and be reimbursed. Either way, students must provide receipts for their expenses.
For more information, contact the Dean of Students Office, 610-758-4165.