The Board of the Social Innovation and Public Service fund has announced plans to fund social justice and service projects by three students and one organization: Tommy Larson (SFS ’13), Kristin Trivelli (NHS ’14), Tyler Eldridge (SFS ’13), and the Hilltop Microfinance Initiative.
SIPS has approved a total of $14,300 in funding of the $1.25 million it was appropriated last year as a part of SAFE Reform. The mandate of SIPS is to allocate
at least $100,000 about $45,000-$65,000 each year to student social justice and service projects. The committee received 25 applications, which, according to SIPS Board members, is a dramatic response from the Georgetown community.
“We were blown away by the initial response to SIPS,” said Tyler Sax (COL ’13), Managing Director of SIPS. “The interest from students and alumni has been outstanding.”
The SIPS Board selected the group of students based on the quality and creativity of the proposals. According to Sax, the central considerations involved the expected impact on the the local and global community, Georgetown’s campus, and the student themselves:
Innovative approaches – Does this project take a new approach to problem solving? How does it attempt to “think outside the box?”
Impact on the Georgetown community – How will this project help to further the culture of public service among Georgetown students?
Impact on the applicant – How will the applicant demonstrate personal growth as a result of becoming a SIPS partner?
Although three of four grant recipients plan overseas trips to serve international communities, the committee did not prioritize international projects over domestic ones. “We have not put an emphasis on international projects,” Sax said. “This is just another indication that Georgetown students are always thinking big and that we truly see ourselves as part of a global community.”