Foundation Special Projects Awards
The Winona State University Foundation was chartered in 1963 for the purpose of receiving, managing, and applying funds exclusively for charitable, scientific, or educational activities at Winona State University.
Each year, the Winona State University Foundation grants approximately $100,000 to special project applications pursued by permanent full-time faculty or staff at the University. The object of the awards is to provide financial support for projects that bring innovation and acclaim to the University. The Special Projects Committee of the WSU Foundation Board of Trustees reviews the applications twice a year and selects the winning projects. The number and amount of award(s) shall be determined based on the annual funding available and periodically reviewed by the WSU Foundation Special Projects Committee. The recipients of the awards are announced at the Foundation's annual board meeting.
Apply Now for a Special Projects Award
Have a plan for a project? Apply today for a Special Projects Award.
If you have already received an award, fill out the Special Projects Award Final Report form (PDF).
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the WSU Foundation office at 507.457.5020 or Jennifer Hoffman at JHoffman@winona.edu.
- An outline of the project (problem to be addressed, significance, goals, methods to be used, ways to evaluate success, future plans)
- A statement of the project's relevance to the mission of the institution and/or college
- One-page budget
- A fundraising plan (if additional funding is needed to complete the project)
- All publication, display, or presentation of any project funded should include appropriate recognition to the WSU Foundation
- Its benchmarks and measurable results to be reported to the Foundation.
Applicants for the award must be a permanent full-time faculty or staff member at Winona State University and their submitted projects must meet the following criteria. Funds will be awarded for those proposals which encourage the innovative research, curriculum development that lead to new program development and scholarly publications.
An eligible project:
- Offers new programming or benefit to the University community
- One that needs initial start-up funds
- Has sought out additional fund sources
- Must be supported by the Department / College
- Encourages innovative teaching to innovative research
- Shows clear potential for leveraging additional/sustainable funding and is submitted by an applicant committed to leading those fundraising efforts
- Is a project that will be completed or substantially completed within 12 months
- Will bring visibility to the University and advances its goals
- Faculty and staff members are only awarded one grant per fiscal year
- Typical awards do not exceed $5,000
- Funds awarded must be spent solely for the purposes stated in the application
- Changes to original request require resubmission of the written proposal
- The foundation will not fund:
- normal operational budget items (e.g., office supplies)
- staff salaries
- staff travel
- honoraria for WSU faculty and/or staff
- academic course work toward graduate degrees or for post-graduate work
- All property funded by the WSU Foundation must be recorded as part of WSU’s inventory and have a fixed asset sticker applied
- Any inventions or intellectual properties developed must be disclosed to the Foundation
- The Foundation retains the right to claim a fair and proportional benefit from the innovation and The Foundation will be given an opportunity to participate in the patent process.
Logo and Forms
This short Final Report Form (PDF) is due to the Foundation office within one year of the start of the project.
Use this Special Projects Budget Form (PDF) to complete the Special Projects application.
Use the Foundation's Voucher Form (PDF) to request fund disbursement from an account held by the WSU Foundation, such as special projects.
Applications are reviewed two times per fiscal year. Applicants must be present to the special projects committee on review day. A ten minute time allotment will be scheduled by the foundation assistant one week before the committee meeting date.
The presenter(s) should be prepared to provide an explanation of the project's relevance to the mission of the institution and/or college.
Special Project Award Calendar
|Semester||Deadline||Presentation to Committee|
|Fall||Sept. 23, 2017
||October 19, 2017
|Spring||March 16, 2018
||April 12, 2018|
Spring Special Project Awards
||Jonathan Locust, Jr.
||H.O.P.E. and ATC Collaboration Grant
||Improvements to the Cell Culture Facilities in the Biology Department for Teaching and Student Capstone Research
||Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor
||Native American Art Exhibition
||A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota - Public presentations and classroom visits
||Equipment and supplies for student studies of working memory in rodents
||Sustaining an Interprofessional Clinical Education Model
||Building Trust Through Caring Conversations: Supporting Nursing Students to Engage With Hard to Reach Populations
||Flag Equipment Replacement
||Explore new media communication in China
Fall Special Projects Awards
|Vernon Bachor/Jana Craft
||Engaged Ethics Conversation
|Bruno Borsari/Robin Curran
||Sharpening Leadership Skills for the Mentors of HOPE Academy
||Collaborative Urban & Greater Minnesota Educators of Color
||That Tree-Mark Hirsch Artist Talk on Arbor Day
|Vanessa Fernandez Greene/Amy Hornby Uribe
||Global Studies and World Languages Civic Engagement and Leadership Forum and Denice Frohman Spoken-Word Workshop and Performance: Preparing WSU Students to be Effective Advocates and Presenters
||Development of Genome Editing Technology & Classroom Experiences
||Structured Study Hall Program for Student-Athletes
||Development of Enhanced Ebola virus-like particle vaccine
|Charlie Opatz/Hamid Akbari
||College of Business Speakers' Series
|Joan Sax-Bendix/Rod Winters
||Diversity for All
|Russ Smith/Marianne Collins
||Emotion Regulation Training for Sales and Marketing Students
|Brian Zeller/Eric Schoh
||Winona State Athletic Training Concussion Management
Log-In Instructions (PDF)
Preview Application Questions
Please provide information regarding the project by answering the following questions in your essay:
- Describe the project (be specific and include the goals and objectives to be accomplished). Describe the means by which you will evaluate the success of the project.
- Relate your project to each of the following three factors: Special Benefits to WSU, Goals of your Department, Special Benefits to Students.
- Describe other sources of funds and what actions have been taken to secure project funding/
- If you do not receive the total funds requested, what effect will this have on your project?
- Do you plan on presenting this project at the Faculty Research Symposium?
- How will you recognize the Foundation and use its logo?
Special Projects Committee
The Special Project Committee is primarily responsible for special program activities of the Foundation. This includes developing proposal guidelines for projects intended to enhance WSU's academic mission, to improve the quality of its faculty or the level of instruction and to enrich the learning experiences available to its students. The committee encourages, reviews and recommends funding for programs and projects at WSU for which there are no current funding sources available.
Dollars awarded via the Special Project Committee are initially received as unrestricted gifts. These unrestricted donations come from a variety of sources: alumni, corporations, matching gift companies and other friends of WSU. The purpose of the program is broad and designed to serve the curricular, professional and program development priorities of the institution.
Members of the Special Projects Committee include:
- Ted Fredrickson - Chair
- Robert Befidi
- George Bolon
- Greg Evans
- Steve Heuslein
- Jim Meyer
- Tim Missling
- Dick Record
- Phil Sonnenberg - Liaison
- Dr. John N. Weis