By: Jake Holland, Head of Editorial for NUDM Marketing & Media
Though the $400 fundraising requirement for Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) may seem like a huge commitment, there are resources available for students seeking assistance.
The Dancer Grant Program, established last year, can provide up to $200 in matching grants for students who receive financial aid from the University.
The program – which helped 95 students reach their goals last year – is a collaboration between Student Enrichment Services and NUDM, with support from sponsors and alumni. Because grant applications are processed through the staff-run SES One Form and not through NUDM, students’ financial statuses remain confidential.
Last year’s form went out three weeks before NUDM. Because this year’s form launched Jan. 8, more than two months before the event, NUDM hopes more students will apply and receive the aid.
“The rhetoric at Northwestern is that NUDM is for everyone and it’s a bucket-list item,” said Ellen Furgis, one of the Community Engagement co-chairs. “However, fundraising $400 is more challenging for some than others. This program is one step towards making Dance Marathon more accessible for students on financial aid.”
The application for the Dancer Grant Program opened Jan. 8 and will close on Feb. 9, 2018. The application can be found at http://go.nudm.org/ses.