Student Opportunity Fund

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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

How do I qualify?

In order to be fully considered to receive a grant you must...

✔ Read through the remaining information

✔Submit a completed application

✔Submit a detailed budget (including a personal contribution and other funding sources)

✔Submit the name of a faculty or staff member aware of the opportunity you are applying for

How many students are approved from the same opportunity?

Grants will be given to no more than five students per opportunity.

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.

If I receive an award, how will I get the funds?

Often time's 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 the students to receive cash advances and to settle those advances when they return from their trips. Other times, it works better for the students to register or otherwise pay for some of the expenses and be reimbursed. Either way, you MUST provide receipts for your expenses.

How long does it take to process the form and how will I be notified?

It is highly suggested that you submit your application for funding well in advance of your event. Response time is typically under one week, however, please allow up to two weeks for review and response.  Once it has been reviewed you will receive an email regarding the decision.

What do I do if I still have questions?

Not to worry! Send us an email or call610-758-4165

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