Student Engagement Fund

The Student Engagement Fund is designed to support student programs and initiatives that promote leadership development, professional development, community development and academic initiatives that are not part of activities undertaken by a Recognized Student Organization (RSO). This fund is supported by the Student Services Fee and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who pay the fee. Students may apply for the Student Engagement Fund at any time while they are enrolled as a full-time student and plan to be enrolled full-time the following quarter. Funding is available fall, winter and spring quarters - until all funds are allocated.

  • Fund requests can be made for up to $4,000.
  • Awardees are required to submit a summary report of how the funds are used. Due dates for summary reports will be provided at the time funding is granted.
  • All awardees must complete the Student Engagement Fund training modules before the funds can be accessed.
  • Events, programs and initiatives receiving support from the Student Engagement Fund are eligible to reserve space for a discounted rate within the Reynolds Club, Ida Noyes Hall, and certain classroom spaces.

APPLICATIONS for the 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR are currently CLOSED.  

Autumn Quarter Applications will open on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications are due by Monday, November 2, 2020 at 12:00pm (noon). At which time, applications will close.

If there are funds remaining after the first round of requests, the Student Engagement Fund application willl reopen Monday, January 4, 2021 at 9:00am.

There is a mandatory meeting for all Student Engagement Fund award recipients on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 11:00am.  This meeting will be a Zoom meeting - the link will be sent directly to all recipients.

Yes, you are encouraged to apply for funds for the entire 2020-2021 academic year when applications open.

Your group is eligible to apply for up to $4,000 per academic year.

No, each group most designate one person to manage and reserve spaces on behalf of their organization. If you need to change your primary contact for room reservations, please contact Derek Bundy, Associate Director of Student Centers,

No, recognized student organizations (RSO) are encouraged to apply for funding through those funding sources designated for RSOs. For more information about funding opportunities, please visit the following website.

The applications are available here: APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED.  Autumn Quarter applications will open on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

For questions, please contact Jimmy Brown, Director of the Center for Leadership & Involvement at 773-702-3343 or email him at

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