Student Opportunity Project Funds
Student Opportunity Funds are provided by generous friends and alumni of Skidmore
College. The funds offer grants in support of student academic initiatives. Grants
may be used to defray the cost of research materials and supplies, for travel to a
research site critical to the project's completion, for preparing project results
for publication or display, or for purchasing materials needed for a creative project.
Student Opportunity Funds are not granted to cover or defray costs that are not directly related to the development and completion of a project. Below is a list of some of the activities that the Student Opportunity Funds Committee will not fund:
-Gas costs for local travel
-Submission fees to journals or subventions to publishers
-Learning a technique or procedure that is not necessary to complete a specific research project or creative endeavor
Student Opportunity Funds are, in short, designed to give students the support they need to start a project (i.e., seed money) and move that project to completion.
Grant amounts are typically $200-$500 and depend on the availability of funds each semester. The Student Opportunity Funds Committee may grant partial awards in some instances because of budgetary constraints, a student's failure to justify certain expenses, or questions the committee may have about whether some of the proposed activities are necessary to advance the student's project. (Please use the "Student Travel to Present" form if you are presenting research and creative projects at a conference or other professional meeting).