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February 9, 2022 - [OFFICIAL-L] Apply for a Students First Fund Grant

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Dear Wright State Community,

Do you have an idea that could impact student recruitment and retention at the Dayton or Lake Campuses? Then I want to encourage you to apply for a Students First Fund grant.

Launched by the Wright State University Foundation in 2019, the Students First Fund is a grants program designed to support innovative ideas that assist students to succeed, thrive, persist, graduate, and begin their careers. Last year, the Students First Fund supported seven innovative projects designed to enhance the Wright State student experience.

The Wright State Foundation is once again accepting ideas for funding for 2022. All Wright State students and employees with a creative idea to promote student success are welcome to apply for a grant.

Applications must be submitted on the Students First Fund website by February 25.

The foundation provides one-time seed money to help launch a new program or initiative that might otherwise go unfunded. The Students First Fund grants committee, which consists of members of the Foundation Board of Trustees, will review all applications and make the final decision on how to distribute the $50,000 in grant funding. Grant recipients will be announced in April, and funding will be available in the Fall 2022 Semester.

Ideal projects should be self-sustaining within two years and should provide a unique approach to supporting students as they earn their degrees. I’m grateful to the Wright State Foundation for taking the lead on this initiative.

Programs or activities supporting recruitment and retention, student success, workforce development, mentorship, experiential learning, inclusive excellence, and student life will be considered for funding. New pilot projects, innovative projects, projects serving high numbers of students, projects that have the support of college or unit leadership, and expansion of current student success initiatives will be of high interest to the grants committee.

To learn more about the Students First Fund grants program and the application process, I encourage you to participate in an online information session that the Wright State University Foundation will host on Friday, February 11, at 3 p.m.:

Join the Information Session

If you are not able to join the information session at that time, it will be recorded and archived on the Students First Fund website.

For more information, visit

Best wishes,