NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University will receive $75,000 – $15,000 per year for five years – from the Pritzker Military Foundation, to help fund new, diverse student activities.

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This gift continues about 20 years of student life support from PMF. The partnership provides valuable startup funding, assisting with operating expenses and events for a broad range of new activities. The funding supports non-athletic organizations with annual budgets of $3,000 or less.

Each year, the Student Life Grant Fund Committee, chaired by the student clubs coordinator, typically receives 17-20 applications, of which 10-12 receive funding.

Applications are judged based on: organization recognition and eligibility, presentation of the need and specific use of funds, benefit to the students and the university, and scale of students and community members who will be positively engaged.

Students often complement PMF grant support through other fundraising efforts, including member dues and holding fundraising events. 

Examples of recent student activities supported by these funds include helping students in Beta Beta Beta, the Biology Academic Honor Society, to experience biology firsthand through field trips such as visiting Adventure Aquarium to swim with sharks, as well as club promotion and community outreach.

Funds also supported activities of the American Chemical Society; the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, to help fund travel for students to visit the St. Nectarios Monastery in Roscoe, New York; and the Arnold Air Society to support membership cost and participation in the National Conclave. For two recent years, students participated in the Arnold Air Society’s 22-hour run to raise awareness of veteran suicide. 

“We’re extremely grateful for PMF’s consistent support in enhancing the student experience beyond the classroom, the Corps of Cadets, and athletics teams. 

Through PMF’s supported activities our students get opportunities to pursue their passions beyond the curriculum and emerge as even better leaders, more ready for the challenges of the future,” said Vice President of Student Affairs and Commandant of Cadets Bill McCollough.