UNH Emeriti Council Student International Service Initiative Grant

photo of S. Melvin Rines '47
S. Melvin Rines
Students Without Borders-UNH students examine the water distribution box and piping system in San Pedro De Casta, Peru
In San Pedro De Casta, Peru, UNH-Students Without Borders members examine the water distribution box and piping system

At the inititiation of S. Melvin Rines ’47 (left), and with his generous support, the Emeriti Council of the UNH Foundation Board has established a fund to assist student service groups by sharing the costs for completing an international service project.

The UNH Emeriti Council Student International Service Initiative Fund (EC SISI)  is intended to support opportunities for student service organizations to bring their knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to solve real world problems in developing areas of the world. The grants provide funding to augment students’ own fundraising activities. The amount of the awards, typically in the range of $2,000 - $10,000, will depend on the merit and scope of the proposals.

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 Grant Application  -
          November 5 deadline for Winter break/Januart term Project Grants
          March 22 deadline for summer projects

Grant Criteria

The UNH Emeriti Council will consider the following in evaluating submitted proposals:

  1. Overall quality and merit of the proposal.
  2. Project preparation, fundraising and implementation plan.
  3. How the community abroad is engaged in project needs assessment, planning, and implementation.
  4. Beneficial impacts for the community where the project is conducted.
  5. Long term impact of the project for the community where the project is conducted.
  6. Benefits to scholarship and/or student learning and/or enhancement of educational quality at UNH.
  7. How the project results will be shared with the University community.

◙  EC SISI Grant award is contingent on the student group raising a portion of the funds needed for the project.

◙  EC SISI Grant award is not meant to be an ongoing funding source.  

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Each group should be an UNH officially recognized student organization or group sponsored by a UNH department.
  • Have a faculty/staff advisor(s).
  • All students traveling for the project must be in good standing with the Student Conduct System.

To apply for the EC SISI grant, please submit a complete application to the Center for International Education, 223 Hood House. This application consists of:

□      The completed Emeriti Council Student International Service Grant Application Form (open form).
□      A written description of the project (maximum four pages) that specifically addresses each of the 7 points listed under Grant Criteria.
□      Faculty Advisor(s) letter of support.

    ♦  Letter should describe the advisor’s involvement and supervision of the project; how long the advisor has been working with the students; and, an assessment of the project’s viability.

□      Detailed budget and timeline.
□      Background information that would inform the UNH Emeriti Council about your organization’s mission, goals and history.
□      List all students involved in the project.  Each group member should submit an individual statement (max. 500 words) explaining why he/she is involved with the organization and the service project.
□     Additional accompanying materials such as: history/description of local partner organizations/sponsors, previous service projects at this location, and other relevant supporting documents.

Dates & Instructions:
□      No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.
□      Turn in a complete grant application with all required and supporting documents to:
The Center for International Education, 223 Hood House. For more information, contact Catherine D'Auteuil <Catherine.DAuteuil@unh.edu> or call 603-862-2366.
□      Deadlines:

  • November 5 for Winter break/January term projects
  • March 22 for summer projects

□      Notification of awards:

  • November 30 for Winter break/January term projects
  • April 30 for summer projects

□      Post-Grant Publicity:

  • Recipients are required to complete an activity report or story suitable for publication in the Center for International Education’s newsletter (http://unh.edu/cie/newsletter/index.html) or website, with at least 5 photos.