Guidelines for Student Opportunity Project Funds
Guesstimates and round figures are not compelling. You should research actual costs. You will need to justify each proposed expenditure in your proposal. Look for ways to save money. We encourage you to do this not only to make your project affordable for you but to stretch the available funds to assist as many students as possible. If travel is involved in the project, be certain to show why it is essential. Consider not merely the cheapest modes of transportation but also the safest modes of transportation (i.e., consider traveling by train, bus, or airplane rather than by car). You should also explore the most inexpensive options for hotels and meals.
The use of personal vehicles for travel is not allowed. If you choose to travel by car, you need to arrange to use a Skidmore fleet vehicle. In order to do so, you must apply to become an authorized driver. Please complete the required steps described in the link below:
Motor Vehicle Policy
Once you are approved as an authorized driver, you may ask your faculty sponsor to reserve a fleet vehicle for your use on the date(s) or during the time(s) you require.
Students who travel by car must include in their applications estimates of the gas and toll costs of their proposed trip.
Criteria and Procedures
Funds may be used only for the purposes designated in the application; any unexpended funds must be returned to the College. Successful applicants agree to file a brief project report with Pat Choukeir in Starbuck 201 after completing their funded activity. Reusable goods (such as computers, software, recording or video equipment, etc.) purchased with Student Opportunity Funds become the property of Skidmore College after the completion of the project.
All applications for Student Opportunity Project Funds must be submitted to Pat Choukeir in Starbuck Center 201 by the published deadlines for each semester. Application materials must be typed and must be clearly written. The Associate Dean of the Faculty for Student Academic Affairs makes all final decisions after consultation with the Student Opportunity Funds Committee.