Special Projects

Each year, the WSU Foundation grants about $100,000 to special projects pursued by faculty or staff at Winona State. These awards are intended to help fund 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 value of awards is determined by the annual funding available. The recipients of the awards are announced at the Foundation’s annual board meeting.


You must be a full time, permanent WSU employee, and your project must meet certain criteria. 

Funds are awarded for proposals that encourage innovative research and curriculum development that lead to new academic programming and scholarly publications.

How to Apply

Have a plan for a project? Apply for a Special Projects Award today! 

Your application must include:

  • 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)
  • Benchmarks and measurable results to be reported to the Foundation


All publications, displays or presentations of any project funded should include appropriate recognition of the WSU Foundation.

The WSU Foundation logo is available to be used on all marketing materials associated with the special projects award:


Use the Foundation’s Voucher Form (PDF) to request fund disbursement from an account held by the WSU Foundation, such as special projects.

The Special Projects Award Final Report Form (PDF) is due to the Foundation office within 1 year of the start of the project.

Contact the WSU Foundation
WSU Foundation
Somsen Hall 204

PO Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987


Email the Foundation Office
Phil Sonnenberg
Director of University Advancement Finance, WSU Foundation Controller


Email Phil Sonnenberg