Student Challenge Fund



The Honors Program Student Challenge Fund was created to encourage students to consider service-oriented experiences, motivate attendance to academic or leadership conferences, and support innovative projects of students’ own design.

  • up to four (4) individuals will be funded each fall and spring (up to eight total per academic year) with a maximum funding of $500 per student,
  • up to one (1) group of two or more students will be funded each fall and spring (up to two total per academic year) with a maximum funding of $500 per student, not exceeding $5,000 total funding for the entire group,
  • service trips, conferences, or projects must be of a secular nature, 
  • the request must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event,
  • you must keep track of your expenses (including specific mileage for driving trips) with itemized receipts that document payment and match your itemized budget request in order to be reimbursed (no exceptions),
  • you must submit your receipts within 10 days of completion of the trip or project (no exceptions)
  • if you fail to use your funding during the semester in which it was awarded, it will not roll over–you must reapply in a future semester, and
  • students must indicate on the application whether they are current employees of Georgia Tech (e.g., a student assistant, TA, RA, employee in a GT office, etc.).  Current GT student employees MUST complete a spend authorization request in the Workday financial system at least one week prior to any kind of travel, such as to a conference, for a service trip, to complete a project, etc. (no exceptions).


Please click on the links below for more information about examples of experiences or projects. These examples should help you choose or design your own trip or project for submission, but it is not meant to limit your options. If you are interested in participating in a service trip/project or attending a conference, you should apply to the programs themselves. After being accepted, you can then submit a proposal to be reimbursed from the Honors Program.  Please note that for group proposals, each individual student must submit a separate proposal and budget with their individual expenses.


**The SCF award will fund reimbursement of approved and documented materials, supplies, or services used by the student(s) in the design or creation of qualifying innovative projects.  Approved projects must:

  1. Involve the design, creation, or performance of an invention, work of art, publishable writing, community initiative, or the like.
  2. Hold potential for significantly advancing students’ understanding, skills, or accomplishments, or students’ qualifications for winning a grant, scholarship, fellowship, or award.
  3. Be performed independently by the student or student team and not as part of any student’s coursework, co-op, internship, or employment activities or responsibilities.

Deadline for Honors Program funding proposals: rolling applications, due at least two weeks before the start of the trip/event/project.  Only four (4) individual projects and one (1) group project per fall and spring semester will be funded.  We will notify you if all funding for that semester has already been allocated to other projects.

Proposal submission requires an accompanying budget. Use this template to create your budget and this form to submit your proposalProposals without a budget will not be considered.