Funding for Service
The Mita Sen Award for Societal Impact
The Mita Sen Award for Societal Impact was established in 2012 by Abir Sen ’97 and Crystal Cullerton-Sen ’97 in honor of Abir’s mother, Mita Sen. Preference is given to students whose project has the potential to impact society by addressing the demonstrated needs of individuals, families, or the community at Lawrence, in the Fox Cities, or beyond through volunteerism, entrepreneurship, or artistic or scholarly activities. Funds can be used to cover costs associated with Senior Experience projects, program fees, books or materials, or travel. For Lawrence juniors only. Award: Up to $5,000. Deadline: Week 9 of winter term.
Through the generosity of the Lawrence University Alumni Association (LUAA) Board of Directors, the Bridge Fund will support non-profit unpaid internships.
Betty Heistad Barrett ’55 Fund for Excellence in Civic Service
The Betty Heistad Barrett ’55 Fund for Excellence in Civic Service provides students funding to participate in unique and valuable opportunities to learn, explore and grow as individuals while serving the non-profit community.
Summer Volunteer Opportunity Grant (SVOG)
Sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Social Change (CESC), this funding provides financial assistance for students participating in service projects as learning experiences during the summer months. SVOG funding is available to assist with the practical expenses for service projects. Because the CESC recognizes the financial demands of a Lawrence University education, part of the funding is also intended to offset the opportunity cost of a summer spent engaged in volunteer and service work. Although the grant itself helps to remove financial barriers to summer service, the SVOG program also seeks to enhance and develop the individual student learning imperative as well as the Lawrence community’s broader understanding of service. To that end, recipients are encouraged to link service work and academic inquiry and expected to engage themselves and the campus community in a consideration of social, legal, political, and other issues pertinent to their service project.
John & Barbara Knapp P’89 Fund for Career Exploration and Development
The John & Barbara Knapp P’89 Fund for Career Exploration and Development will support programs and initiatives designed to expand and enhance students’ understandings of career options. The fund will support experiential opportunities for individual students including externships, informational interviews and internships in a variety of fields.
The John and Mary Poulson Student Development Fund
Established in 1993, this fund supports well-defined student service projects that address social injustice or raise awareness of grave social ills. Grants from the Poulson Fund can be used for stipends, travel expenses, and direct costs associated with projects.
Eloise Frick Cherven Memorial Grant Program
This fund was established in 1993 in memory of Eloise Frick Cherven, Lawrence University Class of 1976, by her family, friends, and classmates. Eloise was a dedicated geology major who later earned a Master of Science degree from California State University at Los Angeles and forged a successful career in petroleum and environmental geology. The fund supports student projects and research with preference given to activities in the field of geology. Funds can be used to cover costs associated with research projects including Senior Experience projects, program fees, books/materials, or travel.
Class of 1968 Peace and Social Activism Project Fund
In remembrance of the lifelong impact of their own experiences at Lawrence University and national and world events during the 1960s, the Class of 1968 established this fund on the occasion of their 25th reunion to help educate future generations of students about issues related to peace and social justice. 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.
Example general areas to which specific projects might be related:
- Preventing conflict or ameliorating conflict
- Creating methods to promote peace
- Resolving discrimination of any kind (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity)
- Preventing bullying
- Eliminating income inequality
- Providing adequate health care, clean water, & other resources for healthy living
- Aiding immigrants or migrants
- Providing education to underserved populations
- Testing methods for integrating released felons back into society such that they can be productive citizens
- Creating methods for resolving homelessness
- Funding experts to come to campus to speak about any of the above-listed issues in classes, forums, study groups or as part of a lecture series