A second wave of Sorenson Grants have been awarded, and we are happy to announce the recipients. These grants will be used as seed money to inspire educational activities and fund-raising on campus beginning this spring and continuing through the end of the 2013-14 academic year. Thanks to a generous gift from the Sorenson family, money raised for the ELCA Malaria Campaign on ALL college campuses (not just those who received grants) will be matched dollar for dollar!
- Louisiana State University, Lutheran Campus Ministry, Baton Rouge, LA – LCM at LSU has plans to host a flag football tournament to benefit malaria. They will host this event in conjunction with the Wesley Foundation at LSU, which is the United Methodist Church’s campus ministry. The students intend to work collaboratively on campus, with participants from many different student groups. Faith-based groups, honor societies, fraternities and sororities– everyone can have a hand on eliminating malaria, and LSU’s plan is reflective of this.
- California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA – At CLU, they plan to raise malaria awareness and educate multiple student populations about the devastating impacts of malaria. They will be led by a student team of Malaria Project Leaders, and will collaborate with others on campus to conduct fundraising projects. The student newspaper, University Choirs and the Athletic Department are just a small sampling of the groups that they plan to connect with during their campaign.
- Northern Arizona University, Lutheran Campus Ministry, Flagstaff, AZ – LCM at NAU has plans to recruit and train a team of leaders responsible for carrying out the campaign. They will have a great presence on social networking sites and will be assigning students to manage Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others. They will be interfacing with students at tabling sessions in the student union. Theirs will be a collaborative project. They aim to work with student groups who take interest in public health, justice, and international education, just to name a few. They will coordinate public events to be enjoyed by the whole campus each fall and spring.
- Kennedy King College, This Far By Faith Campus Ministry, Chicago, IL – This will be a joint effort between This Far By Faith Campus Ministry at Kennedy King College and St. Mark Lutheran Church in Chicago. Their particular focus will be to raise awareness about malaria to the African-American Community, by engaging the local congregation. This Far By Faith Campus Ministry’s connection with St. Mark will help set the stage to launch their education and fundraising efforts on campus.
- Wartburg College, Waverly, IA – Wartburg Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry plans to use their social media grant to enhance the malaria programming that they already have underway. Their campaign will incorporate students, faculty, staff and alumni into its programming. There will be an intentional education phase, during which trained teams of students give presentations to a variety of groups on campus. A craft project (making “malaria piggy banks”) will engage the creativity of the Wartburg community, and offer opportunities for collecting change for the campaign. A Malaria Benefit Concert featuring student and alumni performers will be the capstone fundraising event.
Thank you to all the applicants for your creative ideas and collaborative work. Check out a list of the other Sorenson Grant recipients and projects here. We look forward to seeing Lutheran college students raise awareness, funds and excitement on their campuses. Students, campus pastors and staff – thanks for joining us in this work!
Grant funding is still available! Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as long as the funding remains available… so apply soon!