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Funds for Excellence 

The Olympic College Foundation’s Funds for Excellence grant-making program provides funds for a wide variety of activities that contribute to the quality of the educational programs and services at Olympic College. Funds are available to enrich academic experiences, develop professional skills, attend seminars and conferences, purchase equipment, and other worthwhile projects.

Types of Activities

Funds for Excellence grants provide money for:

  • Tuition and travel for workshops, conferences, or special courses that expand knowledge of a subject area, technical skills or awareness.
  • Cost of bringing in speakers/consultants for department meetings or classes.
  • Projects that support or enhance Olympic College.
  • Program outreach efforts to the community.
  • Equipment purchases.
  • Supplies to enhance program support for students.

Who is Eligible?

Any Olympic College faculty, classified, or administrative staff member is eligible to apply for a grant.

How Much?

Grants are awarded to individuals or groups for special projects. Maximum grant awards are $500 per individual or $1,000 per group/division. Exceptions for special needs will be considered.


Grants are awarded quarterly from a fund that is determined annually within the Foundation’s board-approved operating budget. 

Application Deadline Award Decisions Granting Period
August 23, 2013  August 30, 2013 Sept. 2013 to Nov. 2013
October 11, 2013 October 17, 2013 October 2013 to Feb. 2014
January 6, 2014 January 9, 2014 January to May 2014
April 3, 2014  April 10, 2014 April to August 2014


Procedures for Application:

Applicants must complete a grant application requesting funds, including the signature of their respective program/division Budget Administrator. 

Applicants must submit their approved application to the Foundation office prior to the designated application deadline for the granting period. Applications received after the deadline will be considered in the next granting period. Applicants must sign-up for a time to present their proposal to the Committee in the Foundation Office. Committee meetings are held on Award Decision date.

The committee, consisting of at least three members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors as well as the Director of the Olympic College Foundation (or designee), will review each application and select the proposals to be funded. The committee will also consider the quality of the proposal in its decision.

The committee will report the awards to the Foundation’s full Board of Directors and the Olympic College community at large.

All successful applicants must provide the Foundation with appropriate documentation of how the funds were used as well as a written evaluation of the funded project upon completion.

When reapplying to sustain and/or repeat a project, applicants should include information on how previous Funds for Excellence grant(s) benefited their program. Only those projects with completed written evaluation(s) will be considered for repeat funding.

Funds for Excellence awards are determined quarterly and take into consideration the other submitted requests for the same granting period, as well as funds available. The Funds for Excellence program should not be considered an ongoing source of program support.

2013 - 2014 Funds for Excellence Grants Awarded

Yelena Watson and Christine Spry - Nursing Lab Resource Nurses 
Funds for Membership in The Society of Simulation in Healthcare and to become Certified Simulation Educators.

Laurie Usher - Adjunct Faculty, Computer Information Services & Digital Media Arts
Funds to create a Canvas web-based class to complement the existing DMA 136  Beginning Digital Photography class.

Laurie Adamson – Adjunct Faculty, eLearning and General Studies
Funds to attend the 5th Annual Quality Matters National Conference in Nashville, TN.

Kelly Forsberg, Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Funds to attend the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators  (WASFAA) conference in Reno, NV.

Sandy Johnson, IT Data Processor III
Funds to support the OC Connect Community Resource and Health Fair at Olympic College on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

Jodi Carson, MESA Program Director
Funds to support the MESA Engineering and Computer Science Day at Olympic College on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Fourth Quarter Grants are due in theFoundation Office, College Service Center 530 on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm.