Student Opportunity Funds
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The Student Opportunity Funds, administered by the Dean of Student Affairs, are provided by generous friends and alumni of the College and by the President of the College. The funds offer grants in support of worthwhile student co-curricular and leadership initiatives. Grants may be used to defray the costs of research materials and supplies, for travel to a site critical to the project's completion, for attending a conference (especially when the student will make a presentation at the conference), for preparing project results for publication or display, etc. The amount of the award, usually between $200 and $250, is always depends in part on the total dollars available for each semester.
Criteria and Procedures:
Requests for grants during the Fall 2015 semester must be received by November 2, 2015.
Requests for grants during the Spring 2016 semester must be received by March 7, 2016.
Applicants must be full-time matriculated undergraduates, must demonstrate the merits of their proposed project or enterprise, must describe how the activity will enhance the student's education, explain the potential benefit of the project to the larger Skidmore community, and provide a detailed budget request. Funds may be used only for the purpose designated in the application; any unexpended funds must be returned to the College. Given the limits of available funds, no summer projects will receive grant support. Successful applicants agree to file a brief project report and expense report (including receipts) with the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs after completing their funded activity.
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Review Process:Applications for Student Opportunity Funds can be downloaded, or picked up at the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Case Center, Room 311. Applications that do not meet high standards of clarity, coherence, and accuracy will be rejected. Completed applications can be submitted to the Dean of Student Affairs, who makes all final decisions, consulting as necessary with other staff and faculty.
All questions regarding Student Opportunity Funds should be directed to The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs (located at Case 311) or dial 518-580-5760.