JHAA Student Grants Program 2020-2021
Submission Deadline10/18/2020

The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association’s Student Grants Program provides funding for student groups and programs within any of the 9 schools. The awards are designed to further student experiences, by either a) enhancing student life, b) fostering positive relationships between the university and the local community or c) encouraging students to create volunteer community service projects or ventures within existing organizations.

To apply for a grant from the Alumni Association you must:

  • Be organizing a project, event, volunteer effort, etc. that promotes student involvement;
  • Be part of a group. Projects that involve only one student are not eligible to receive funding (you do not need to be an official chartered or Student Government/Department recognized student organization to apply for a grant.);
  • Be a Hopkins student. Students from any of the nine schools may apply. Seniors are eligible for grants during the summer immediately following graduation; and
  • Have a faculty or administrative project monitor with a Hopkins affiliation.

Requirements for a successful Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Student Grants application:

  • The submitting group must be an organized student group, that is, it must have a faculty/staff member willing to serve as a project monitor.
  • The organized student group's proposed program must link to one or more Johns Hopkins Alumni Association goals:
    • Enhance academics
    • Enhance extracurricular activities
    • Enhance student life
    • Enhance community service
  • Applicants may not request more than $1,500.
  • The organized student group’s proposed project must be a volunteer activity. A project that is a required part of the curriculum and/or is receiving academic credit is INELIGIBLE for funding. Likewise, a project for which participating students will receive wages, salaries, or a stipend is INELIGIBLE for funding.
  • The submitting group must agree to acknowledge the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association on all material at the proposed event (please see application for specific recognition guidelines) .
  • The submitting group must agree to provide a final progress report late in the Spring semester (please see application for specific deadline requirements).

A completed student grants application must be submitted prior to the deadline. No exceptions will be allowed.

Grant applications are reviewed based on the following 5 criteria:

  1. Number of participants:
    • Proposed projects affecting and/or involving higher numbers of student participants will be given preference.
    • While the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association prefers to fund project proposals aimed at student participants, if the proposed project is able to provide positive community impact and/or enhance the reputation of the university, these factors will be fully considered.
    • Preference will be given to proposed projects that affect more than one campus school/division.
  2. Publicity for the Alumni Association:
    • The organized student group must commit to recognize the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association and to foster Johns Hopkins Alumni Association membership and active participation.
    • Preference will be given to student organizations who develop creative methods of recognizing and promoting the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association.
  3. Efficient use of resources:
    • While the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association does not ban the use of Student Grants funds for refreshments, reviewers will consider the proportion of the overall event budget that would be spent on refreshments, and whether the event would be equally successful without refreshments.
    • Organized student groups that seek and/or receive funding from multiple sources will be given preference.
    • Only the best proposals will be funded. Organized student groups that submit proposals that are not funded will be given suggestions for improving them in an effort to educate students about developing quality proposals.
  4. Maximization Value to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association:
    • Proposed projects must demonstrate the value back to Johns Hopkins Alumni Association as measured by expected positive impact to students and the JHU community.
  5. Facilitation of new organized student groups and programs:
    • Preference will be given to proposed projects submitted by new organized student groups, as well as proposed projects creating new programs for the enhancement of academics, extracurricular activities, student life, and/ or community involvement at JHU.
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