Funding for Service

Have a great idea for service, but need some funding? You're in luck! Several departments at Lawrence provide funding for service projects - check out these opportunities here

LUCC General Fund

LUCC has money set aside in a Student Activity Fund for individuals, groups, and organizations. All expenditures of LUCC funds must be extracurricular. LUCC does not fund the normal curricular activities of academic departments, including anything for which students recieve academic credit or honors. Most organizations apply for budgets in the spring of the previous academic year. Individuals and groups are free to submit allocation requests at any time to the LUCC Finance Committee which meets weekly to administer the funds. Apply here.

Alyssa Paul Maria Fund

The Alyssa Paul Maria ('93) fund for Student Entertainment, administered by the Campus Life Office, was established to support innovative and exciting programming for the Lawrence University campus. Funds are available to both organizations and individual students who have creative programming ideas that will benefit Lawrence and its student body. Alyssa Paul Maria Fund events should differ from activities already commonly available on campus and should not be scheduled to compete with other large scale campus events. Additional considerations is given to proposals of a social, cultural, and educational nature. Applicants are welcome and encouraged to contact Campus Life to clarify if their proposal is suite to the objectives of the Alyssa Paul Maria Fund before final submission. Applications are available here.

Class of 1965 Grant

The Class of 1965 Student Activity Fund was established through the generosity of the Lawrence University Class of 1965 in honor of their 25th graduation anniversary and is administered by the Office of Development. The purpose of this fund is to provide special experiences or events for students beyond those sponsored by the college or the Lawrence University Community Council. This fund supports campus activities that provide an active, constructive, and inclusive community. Distributions typically range from $500 to $2,000, but there may be exceptions based on proposal strength and the amount requested. The deadline for applications is October 20, 2017. For additional information or to request an application, please email

Humanitarian Grant

This grant is for students or student-organizations providing service to the on-campus community, the Appleton community, or the world at large. The grant is to be used for specific projects or ideas that benefit the community the student/organization will be working with while upholding Lawrence University's mission of providing service to and learning from the community. The Humanitarian Projects Grant is administered by the LUCC committee on community service and engagement (CCSE). If approved, each application will be endorsed and supervised by this committee. The applicant will be expected to meet with the CCSE to approve the application and present the endorsed proposal to the LUCC general council. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until the Friday of 7th week each term. Applications submitted after 7th week will not receive the grant allocation until the following term. Apply for the Humanitarian Grant here.

Saturday Night Late Grant

Saturday Night Late is Lawrence's event series that provides students with activities, events, and entertainment on Saturday nights (around 10pm) throughout the term. The Saturday Night Late Grant funds engaging and unique alcohol-free late night events and are administered through the Campus Life Office. Fund requests can range between $500 and $1500. Applications are available here.

Environmental Initiative Grant

This grants is for students or student organizations to fund proposals focused on the environment. The grant is administered by LUCC's Environmental Initiatives Committee and proposals should be submitted to this committee. Apply here.

The Class of 1968 Peace and Social Activism Fund

The Class of 1968 Peace and Social Activism Project Fund supports programming concerning peace and social activism. Specifically, the fund supports individual or collaborative projects by students and faculty that address these issues in a historical or contemporary context from a local, regional, national or global perspective. Individual grant amounts will range from $500 to $2,000. The Class of 1968 Fund is administered by the Office of Development. For more information, please email Kia Thao.

Student Sustainability Fund

By encouraging students to build real-world skills while helping Lawrence achieve its sustainability goals, the Student Sustainability Fund promotes merging academics and campus operations to create a living laboratory. This fund offers students competitive grants of up to $2,500 for projects that may consist of research, internships, volunteer or service projects, class projects, or student group initiatives. Priority will be giving to projects that have a sustainability outcome for the campus, or utilize the campus as a living laboratory. Examples include: developing educational tools and programs for conservation efforts, researching the feasibility of a campus bike-share program, removal of invasive species on campus, funding for travel to and from an internship, a stipend for internships or service projects, ect. The Student Sustainability Fund will be accepting applications each term through Fall of 2020.

To be considered for approval, students must complete an application for funds and identify a faculty or staff advisor to help track the progress of the project. After receiving approval, the student will have one year to complete the stipulations of their proposed project. Proposals will be reviewed by the Sustainability Steering Committee once per term.

Any Lawrence student that will be enrolled during the term of their proposed project is eligible to apply. Qualifying students must be available to present their findings to the Lawrence Community.

Applications can be submitted at any time with a final due date of the 7th week of each term. Students should apply the term before they plan to execute their project. For example, students that apply during the fall term and are accepted will receive funding for winter break or winter term. Applications are due for Winter term on Friday, February 16, 2018. Apply here.

Lawrence Scholars in Civic Engagement

Internships and volunteer opportunities provide a valuable opportunity to network and gain experiential knowledge and explore potential career paths. Civic engagement is described as working in communities to make a difference by applying one’s knowledge, skills, values and motivation to have a positive impact. Lawrence Scholars in Civic Engagement (LSCE) is a program designed for students who are interested in exploring work in civic engagement, including: not-for-profit, education, social impact, cultural and political advocacy and the arts through an internship or volunteer opportunity.

Lawrence has developed partnerships with multiple organizations to offer internships that provide an award to support you in your co-curricular pursuits. You will have the opportunity to apply for pre-identified internships with a number of organizations such as Carnegie Hall, KIPP Academy, Bread for the World and others! Also, if you have self-identified an internship or volunteer opportunity in civic engagement as described above, you are eligible to apply for financial support through the LSCE program.

Deadline for funded internships is February 23, 2018 and for self-identified internships or service projects is April 7, 2018.

Apply here.

2017 (LCSE) Recipients


Rebecca BernheimerRebecca Bernheimer '19

Rebecca will be working on a research project focused on outcomes in patients with epilepsy and potential public health solutions. Her primary task will be to complete the research project through the point of submitting an abstract. The goal of this work is to come up with ways that OHSU (and potentially other healthcare providers) can better serve patients with epilepsy.

Samridhi TuladharSamridhi Tuladhar '19

Samridhi will be working at MEDEP in the Management Information System (MIS) and the Media Sector. She will be working with a project professional to generate quantitative report and collect data from field office, particularly data not incorporated in the MIS Database.She will also be helping the media specialist to produce communication products and materials.


Berenith Martinez WolbergBerenith Martinez Wolberg '18

During her time at the Consulate, Berenith will be serving as the Immigration department Intern. She will be going over immigration and migration case files, helping the head of the department with legal issues compromising someone's legal status in the U.S., as well as learning how immigration papers and visas work for Mexican citizens in the United States.She will also be going into courts to learn about the legal side of immigration, and to provide support to Mexican clients.

Julian Cohen '18

Julian’s project is to research, compile, and write a “toolkit” or some sort of guide that other activist groups looking to do work in sexual assault and domestic violence work can use to start similar groups of their own. He will be doing research into similar organizations that built themselves into national groups. Julian will be writing suggestions for how to shape their group, as well as drawing on the research he has done to provide a general framework for how to form a group and what steps to take to begin engaging with the community.


Abigail NorthAbigail North '18

Abigail will be traveling with a team of interns to Kigali, Rwanda for 6 weeks to volunteer for Health Development Initiative (HDI) on a sustainable nutrition/agriculture project. The project is centered on building mobile sac garden for a minority nomadic community with little access to any long-term nutrition source or education. Throughout this time period, they will also be giving presentations related to the sacs and nutrition/sanitation.

Hunter DowdsHunter Dowds '19

Hunter will be returning to Bir, a small village of Tibetan refugees, to provide immediate support to several tibetan schools in and around the village proper via hands-on-instruction in science, and to establish the groundwork for a long term rabies prevention project. He will teach math, science, and English at monasteries in the area and continue to develop a relationship with physicians at the local Delek hospital and DAR, Dharamsala Animal Rescue.


Past recipients

LSCE Summary of Projectsto learn about previous Lawrence Scholars in Civil Engagement recipients.

2017 Summer Volunteer Oppportunity Grant

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Experiential Learning Grant.


Students who will have successfully completed at least two terms of academic work at Lawrence University before the start of their proposed project are eligible to apply for SVOG funding. Qualifying students must be available the academic year after their summer of service to present to the LU community; graduating seniors are not eligible. Projects involving travel to countries that have been identified as unsafe by the U.S. Department of state will not be funded.

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