Lori Ann Schwab '95 Alumni Grant
Grinnell College alumni (defined by the College as anyone who was enrolled at least one full semester) from the classes of 1992 through 1998 are eligible to apply for the grant.
Grant and Criteria
The number of grants awarded varies from year to year based on the financial performance of the fund and the number of applications deemed deserving. Each grant awarded is for a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $1,500. In 2012-13, the committee will allocate a maximum of $2,675 in support of Schwab Award projects. Applications for grants must demonstrate a tangible benefit to others. Stipends may be used to support original projects, to supplement existing projects or programs, or to fund professional development. Preference will be given to proposals that benefit children. The following examples of possible unfunded or underfunded needs (listed in random order) are meant to stimulate thought but not to limit ideas:
- Books, art supplies, or science equipment
- Health or safety outreach programs
- Senior/school or "buddy" partnerships
- Field trips to museums or environmental centers
- Activities in homeless shelters
- Attendance at conferences or workshops on learning disorders
Please note: Schwab Grant funds are sent directly to the alumni who receives the award, and may be treated as taxable income. Schwab Grant recipients may themselves donate the award to a non-profit agency, and in doing so may reduce their tax liability. If requested, Grinnell can pay the award in two halves in 2013 and 2014. All applicants for the Schwab Grant should consult with a tax professional to determine how receiving this award would impact their individual tax picture. Schwab Grant recipients may hold part of the award in reserve to offset any additional tax payments, but the plan to do so should be noted in their Schwab Grant budget. If the alumni who receives the award has non-resident tax status in the US, Grinnell College is required to withhold 30% federal tax unless the award is exempt under IRS tax code or a tax treaty.
Applications are solicited through classletters and class listservs for appropriate classes and through College publications. The deadline for applications is the third Wednesday in February. Members of the selection committee include faculty, staff, and alumni, who will consult with members of Lori Ann Schwab's family. Recipients are announced at Reunion and recognized in College publications. To apply for the Lori Ann Schwab '95 Alumni Grant, please submit the following to the Office of Social Commitment, 1233 Park St., Grinnell, IA 50112 by the third Wednesday in February.
- A completed, signed Schwab Alumni Grant Application
- A 2-3 page brief essay which answers the following questions: a) Describe your project. Why is it important? What are its goals? b) Why is this project especially important to you? c) What is your work plan (if applicable)?
- A proposed project budget
- Letter of support from your sponsoring organization/public school
- Confirmation of 501(c)(3) status (if applicable)
Please make sure that all application materials comply with these submission guidelines.
All applicants are expected to adhere to these ethical guidelines.
Remembering Lori (excerpts of letters from her friends)
Lori (standing far right) worked as an art counselor at Roughing It, a daycamp near her home.
For more information
Doug Cutchins '93 Director of Social Commitment email@example.com 1233 Park St., Grinnell, IA 50112 (641) 269-4408