Student Capstone Fund

The Student Capstone Fund provides support for students who are working on capstone projects, allowing reimbursements for materials and potentially other non-salary expenses, using funds provided through the Evergreen Foundation.

The Academic Deans office has limited funds available for student capstone or other culminating projects, through support from The Evergreen State College Foundation Board of Governors. This program replaces the Student Foundation Activity Grants, which in the past supported a variety of special student projects. Capstone Funds are available to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled during the quarter they are engaged in the project.  Funds may be used for materials and potentially for other non-salary expenses related to carrying out a capstone project. A student may only apply for funds once per academic year. 

Applications are now reviewed on a once-per-quarter basis during the regular academic year. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on the Friday of Week 4 of the quarter in which the capstone work is undertaken. Should any funds remain after on-time applications have been reviewed, we may consider late submissions.

Awards typically will be in the range of $200-$400. Student applicants must be enrolled at Evergreen during quarter(s) the capstone project will be conducted and must have a faculty sponsor. Requests for funding from should be sent to Emmie Forman (, the Program Coordinator supporting the Dean responsible for the Capstone Fund, Karen Gaul.

Application and Selection

The Academic Deans review and evaluate applications based on the award criteria. Awards will be made by the end of Week 5 of each quarter of the regular academic year.

An application is made by submitting the following information:

  • Project title
  • Student name and contact information (email and phone); students can apply as a team, but must designate one student as the primary contact person
  • Faculty advisor name
  • Dollar amount requested
  • Quarter the funding will be used
  • Short summary (300 words or less) of your proposed project that includes a timeline specifying key milestones and anticipated completion date and a description of your work product (i.e., outcome of your work, such as a scientific paper, a piece of art, a film, a performance, or something else).
  • Brief explanation (200 words or less) discussing how this project serves as a capstone or culminating experience for your Evergreen education.
  • A budget section sufficiently detailed for reviewers to know the specific expenses for which reimbursement will be sought and to determine if those expenses are in accord with the intent and limitations of the fund, intent of the project and College policy.
  • For the 2020-21 academic year, each application must include a COVID-19 mitigation plan that addresses how their work will be done incorporating the current recommendations to prevent virus transmission. See Evergreen's COVID-19 page for more information, including instructional safety plans.

Award Criteria: The application must be complete and provide evidence that the project idea is well developed and will likely serve as a meaningful culminating or advanced experience that is well aligned with the students' overall Evergreen education; it must also indicate that the proposed activities, work product, and budget are reasonable, and are consistent with fund guidelines and College policies. 

Note: for applicants enrolled in the Master of Environmental Studies program, please apply directly through the MES program.

Please note: If your request is approved, you must submit receipts for reimbursement no later than the end of the quarter for which the award is given. If you have questions about whether your project would be appropriate, review the detailed guidelines, email us at or visit the Academic Deans Office, Lib 2002.


Submission Guidelines

Send your electronic applications to