Event and Professional Development Funds

Student Programs and the Associated Student Government (ASG) set aside money from the Services & Activities Fee to provide funding for students to have community building events and professional development opportunities. These events and activities are intended to enhance their educational experience at LWTech.

In 2020-2021, the Community Building and Professional Development Fund has $9,000. This money is awarded during several application cycles throughout the academic year.

A committee of LWTech students will review applications and score them on a rubric, and will award money to requests based on their score and the amount of funds available.

Process for Requesting Funding

Any currently enrolled LWTech student or a LWTech faculty/staff member (full or part-time). Each request must have at least one faculty/staff sponsor who will attend the event/activity and one student planner, but either person can complete the application. Students do not need to be a member of a club or student organization in order to request funds. The student planner and faculty/staff sponsor listed on the request will receive an email from the committee after a request is submitted asking to confirm that they are a planner/sponsor.

This money can be used for opportunities for currently enrolled LWTech students that are not requirements of an instructional program.

Community Building Fund

For community-building events that are strictly social in nature, and do not involve any professional development or intentional educational activity. 

Professional Development Fund

For a professional development or skill-building activity, including:

  • Training or test preparation (including paying for a trainer)
  • Industry site tour or field trip
  • Conference for training, competition, or research presentation (and associated travel)
  • Professional organization meetings
  • Professional organization membership for students
  • Supplies for a project or activity that builds skills

The committee will use a rubric to score each application. Include as much information as possible so the committee can make an informed decision. Applications will be scored on:

  • Quality of event (i.e., well planned, potential for high interest from students, unique opportunity)
  • Benefit to LWTech community (what students will learn from the event, how they can use that learning to benefit their fellow students)
  • Related to LWTech’s mission, core themes, or values
  • Ratio of total funding requested per total number of students expected to attend

Applicants will receive an email on the decision date informing them how much money the committee has awarded the request.

That email will include instructions on the forms needed to complete in order to register the activity, make purchases, secure contracts, book travel, sign waivers, etc.

When To Request Money

In order to provide equitable opportunity to access funds and enough time to plan events, the committee will review applications five times a year. In 2020-2021, there is $9,000 available for events and professional development, and is split between each application cycle, based on the amount of events the committee expects students will want to host during each cycle. The committee will award all of these funds each cycle. If not enough students apply for funds during a cycle, any remaining funds will roll over to the next cycle.

Applicants should apply for funding based on the date of the event. The proposal review schedule is listed below. 

Event Date: Funds Available: Apply By:

10/1/20 - 10/31/20

$1,000

 9/13/20
11/1/20 - 12/31/20

$1,000

10/11/20
1/1/21 - 2/6/21

$1,000

12/6/20
2/7/21 - 3/31/21 $2,000 1/17/21
4/1/21 - 5/8/21 $2,000 3/7/21
5/9/21 - 6/30/21 $1,500 4/18/21

How To Request Money

The application for the fund is online:

Apply for Money From the Fund

For more information or assistance with an application, contact Student Programs.

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