The Directors will grant portions of the Fund's distribution to financially support appropriate activities of students and faculty members outside of the normal classroom setting. These may include, but are not limited to, special symposia, recreational activities, service-orientated activities, and the kind of social gatherings that involve a dynamic interplay of students and faculty members.
- Requests for funding must be in writing (please see application) and may be initiated by students, faculty, or administrators.
- Applications will be reviewed by an advisory board of students, faculty, and administrators. The advisory board will make it recommendations to the Directors who will have the final approval of all grants.
- When making their decisions, the Advisory Board and Directors will consider the following:
- As a general guideline, grants will be made for activities that encourage student-faculty interaction in ways that it does not currently occur, that maximize the time spent together, and that encourage an atmosphere that can nurture mentoring. In general, grants will not be made for social events at which the emphasis is on the social aspect of the event itself.
- In order to encourage growth and eventual self-support of the activity, and to be able to nourish new activities, grants will be limited to four years, consecutive or not, and not be made for existing activities.
- Grants will not be made to underwrite social events that are principally for the consumption of food and drink.
- Grants will never be made to enable the purchase of mood altering substances including alcohol.
- Applicants must demonstrate that other sources of possible funding have been exhausted, and most specifically a grant cannot be made to replace funding that could come from another source.
- Grants will not be made so that they free up other sources of possible funding that can then be used in ways not consistent with the goals of the Fund.
- In general, grants will not be made for existing activities. In certain special circumstances, grants may be made to support activities that are currently either not funded or under-funded. Examples might include departmental gatherings with majors not normally associated with curricular activities, appropriate activities with academic departments' Student Advisory Boards, faculty meals taken with students in the campus dining halls or elsewhere, gatherings for faculty advisors to meet with their advisees that otherwise would not take place, or informal faculty gatherings with students, possibly at the faculty member's home.