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.


2017 Summer Volunteer Opportunity Grant (SVOG)

The Summer Volunteer Opportunity Grant (SVOG), established in 1991 through the Helen Daniels Bader Fund for Student Charitable Work, aims to support students financially so they can carry out and learn from summer service projects. The VCSC realizes the financial demands of a Lawrence education, so SVOG helps students with the practical expenses and opportunity costs of a summer spent engaged in service. As part of the mission of SVOG and the VCSC is to foster learning through service, SVOG recipients are also encouraged to link their service work with academic inquiry and engage themselves and the campus community in a consideration of the social, legal, political, and other issues surrounding their service project. 

2016 (SVOG) Recipients


Louis Weissert '18

The aim of the "generation meditation" is three fold: introduce mindfulness techniques amd affective meuroscience behind them; create strategies to help participants overcome disabilities (that is, to give youth additional tools to help with their mental health and concentration); and foster appreciation for the natural environment within the highly urban community.

Aj Williams '17

This summer I will will be staffed as a videographer and media assistant for Holden Village, located in Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Northern cascades, in Washington State. I will be engaging in their intentionally sustainable community by archiving audio recordings, creating a podcast for past and present volunteers to connect, as well, as creating short promotional videos and environamental documentaries of their surrounding area.


Ali Fuller '17

During the summer of 2016 I will be a Reasearch and Curriculum Intern at the National Outdoor Leadership School's Rocky Mountain base in Lander, Wyoming! I will be helping this nonprofit organization develop their environmental education and outdoor leadership curriculum and will assist with facilitating several ongoing research projects. These projects include a body mass index study on backpackers and a sense of place to study.

PJ Uhazie

This summer I will be interning with both the Minnesota Orchestra and a Minneapolis-based choral ensemble named The Singers. I will be an arts administration intern who will help in the preparation of the social media and publicity materials for both organizations' upcoming seasons. I am super excited to make a positive impact on the Twin Cities' music community through my work this summer!


Mayan Essale

Mayan is travelling to Madison, Wisconsin to intern for the Freedom From Religion Foundation. He will be conducting research projects, making open records requests, and assisting the organization's full-time attorneys.


Past recipients

Please click SVOG Summary of Projects to learn about previous Summer Volunteer Opportunity Grant recipients.

2017 Summer Volunteer Oppportunity Grant

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Experiential Learning Grant. You can find the application here.


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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