UVU Grant Writing Class Secures $86,000 To Benefit Community, Students
March 4, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton
Students in a grant writing and proposal class taught by Utah Valley University’s Department of English & Literature during fall semester 2013 have secured more than $86,000 for various local educational needs. The class, taught by assistant professor Ethan Sproat, required students to work with community partners in applying for actual grants for educational or other nonprofit needs.
So far, grants written by students in this class have secured funding for a local elementary school robotics program, a job-shadow program for female emergency services students at UVU, the implementation of a new physical education recreation course at UVU and a student research trip to a national historic park. Other grants are still pending, including building funds for local libraries and a children’s summer reading incentive program.
Not only did students in the grant writing class help UVU and the surrounding community, but some students benefitted professionally from their experience. Abigail Greer-Wilson, a senior studying political science, wrote a grant for the United Way of Utah County. United Way hopes to receive funding for rehabilitation efforts at one of their facilities for serving low-income populations. Recipients for this specific grant application will be notified in April, but in the meantime, the president of United Way of Utah was so impressed with Greer-Wilson’s work on the grant, he invited her to apply for a recently opened position at United Way. She was hired within a week.
“My job includes grant writing among many other responsibilities,” Greer-Wilson said. “But most importantly, I work for an organization that reflects my values, and I know this grant and proposal writing course played a huge part in my success.”
The grant writing and proposal course (ENGL 3320) is typically offered once a year at UVU during fall semester. It often works closely with the UVU Office of Sponsored Programs, which provides support for faculty members seeking funding for research and other scholarly projects.