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. 

2017 (SVOG) Recipients


Rebecca Bernheimer '19Rebecca 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 Tuladhar '19Samridhi 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 Wolberg '18Berenith 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 North '18Abigail 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 Dowds '19Hunter 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

SVOG Summary of Projectsto learn about previous Summer Volunteer Opportunity Grant 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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