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ASW Student Funding

ASW has multiple ways for student's to gain funding. Learn more about the different opportunities below. 

Opportunity Fund

Apply for funds to attend a conference or professional meeting, conduct research, or engage in the service of others.

What Is It?

Students should apply for funding if the money will be used to pay for preparation costs, registration costs, travel costs, lodging, or other such expenditures for attending an academic conference, attending a significant professional meeting, conducting research, engaging in the service of others, or any other event that shall significantly advance the student’s personal, professional, and/or academic growth. Priority is given to students who have exhausted other funding options first.

Selection Procedure

The Opportunity Fund Committee evaluates received requests within two weeks of being submitted.

  • Maximum funding per student: $400
  • Maximum funding per student for entire time at Westminster: $800
  • Maximum funding per event (for group events): $1,200
  • Maximum funding for Graduate School Visits (Program not offered at Westminster): $200
  • No tuition expenses or program requirements will receive funding
  • No study abroad programs will receive funding
  • No May term trips will receive funding
  • Funding is designed for unexpected opportunities*

*Unexpected opportunities defined as any event that is not anticipated annually by a school organization or group. Some examples of expected opportunities may include conferences departments attend regularly or competitive tournaments for teams that have existed for more than one year. The Opportunity Fund Committee will determine if an opportunity is unexpected.

Hanna Rosen at the Grace Hopper Convention

2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

This was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. The conference lasted three days, and each day was filled with seminars, mentoring, socializing/networking, job hunting, and so many other great things. I was able to network with incredible women in my field and get interview experience. I also learned that I’m interested in several fields that I had never considered before. This opportunity was the missing link between my education and my career. After attending this conference, I sincerely hope that I can inspire other females to seek out this life changing experience.

– Hanna Rosen

Six Outdoor Education & Leadership Students Sitting at a Restaurant

2014 Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education

All six of us are pursuing the Outdoor Education & Leadership minor, and attending this conference was the perfect supplement to our coursework. One of the most meaningful aspects of the conference was getting to meet professionals who have pursued career paths similar to what many of us have been considering. We appreciated being exposed to the wide variety of paths that exist in the outdoor industry, and figuring out which of those seemed most appealing to us. Furthermore, the ideas presented in the presentations were directly applicable to Westminster’s Outdoor Program. The knowledge we have gained will help us to improve the quality and experience the Outdoor Program offers.

– Outdoor Leaders Group (Brett Carroll, Tyler Price, Zoe Zulaf, Katherine Dalrymple, Nathan Maples, and Graham Archer)

Brolin Mawejje Presenting a Powerpoint

2014 Investor Event at Santa Clara University

I was given the opportunity to travel down to California and present to an audience of investors at Santa Clara University. I presented on a course that my peers and I made in hopes of getting funding for a clinic we plan to build in Uganda. I learned that each investor has different interests and that fundraising methods change based on the individual. The experience expanded my knowledge of raising money and public awareness. I will apply the skill I learned to my next fundraising event.

–Brolin Mawejje

Upon completion of your approved event, please fill out the Opportunity Fund response form to detail the benefits of your experience.  Please also submit a photo of your experience to the ASW Director of Budget and Accounting at aswbudget@westminstercollege.edu.

Westminster Innovate

We want to promote your initiatives.

What is it?

The ASW Innovate Fund was created to support projects that contribute to the education and improvement of the Westminster Community. We want to help you make an impact. Innovate Fund is open to faculty, staff and student applications which allows it to be flexible and helpful for special initiatives and large projects. Led by the student body president, applicants of Innovate Fund will also receive direction and connections to help them succeed. Led by the student body president, applicants will also receive direction and connections to help them succeed.
 
Approved projects will be required to send updates and photos to the ASW President and are subject to the ASW General Budget Policies and Restrictions.

15 members of the Feminist Club and ASW standing with their certificates

The Feminist Club and ASW brought The Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault to Westminster’s Campus in 2016 and 2017 for their 40-Hour Sexual Assault Counselor Training. Over 30 community members have received this training and certification.

This initiative is anticipated to run yearly, and the training is open to the entire Westminster Community. It’s goal is to build a Westminster Culture that supports survivors of sexual assault.

The ASW Innovate Fund was created to support projects that contribute to the education and improvement of the Westminster Community. We want to help you make an impact. Innovate Fund is open to faculty, staff and student applications which allows it to be flexible and helpful for special initiatives and large projects. Led by the student body president, applicants of Innovate Fund will also receive direction and connections to help them succeed. Led by the student body president, applicants will also receive direction and connections to help them succeed.This form will allow us to have a quick view of your idea, and to get in touch with you. If you have any questions please email aswpresident@westminstercollege.edu

 

ASW Eco-Council

Implement your innovative sustainability project or a brilliant idea into the Westminster community.

Mission

The ASW Eco-Council recognizes that student driven projects directed towards environmental efforts are an essential component on a road to a stronger and more self-sustainable campus. The council encourages Griffins to turn their research, class projects, and simply bold initiatives into action throughout the Westminster community by using the Sustainability Fund (Eco-Warrior Grant) specifically created for this purpose. Providing the necessary support and helping students access the tools and resources to bring their ideas to life is one of our core priorities.

Structure

The Eco-Council meets monthly during the academic year to review the applications for grants, and to discuss the progress of the previously funded projects. It consists of 5 members: ASW Director of Budget and Accounting, a member ASW Executie (usually the ASW VP is the chair of the council), an ASW Senator, and two environmental center employees.

Student Guide

Any student from any academic major registered for at least 2 credit hours is eligible to apply for the Eco-Warrior Grant. Students can apply in teams or individually. Teams must designate one main contact.

Selection Procedure

The ASW Eco-Council evaluates received applications within two weeks of being submitted (micro-grants only). Macro-grant applications are evaluated quarterly.

  • Micro-grants can range from $100-$1,000 and applications do not require a specific deadline.
  • Macro-grants designed for projects that have a cost exceeding $1,000 have an application deadline at the end of each semester. Projects spanning more than one academic year must include a plan for continuity. Consultation for macro-grant requests will be made with the Environmental Center.
  • Only projects that have an impact in the field of sustainability, and that add value to Westminster and its students, will be funded.
  • Quality of work plan and application
  • Impact on furthering the sustainability efforts
  • Transparency, replicability, and continuity
  • Innovation and creativity

Thank you for your interest in the Eco-Warrior Grant. Please complete this application to the best of your ability. If you have questions regarding any of the following sections, please feel free to contact your ASW representatives or any member of the Eco-council. Incomplete proposals will not be accepted.

Each grant recipient will be assigned an advisor, if they don’t already have one, that sits on the Eco-Council. Each recipient is required to report on the progress for the duration of the project.

Questions? Please email aswvp@westminstercollege.edu.

Project Follow-Up

Once you’ve finished your project, please complete the Eco-Warrior Grant experience form in order for us to share your success with other students and document how grant funds have been used.. We appreciate your efforts and are excited to see how the funds were used!

Please complete this form in order to report back to ASW how the funds were used. 

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