ACPA Foundation Grants Program
Call for Proposals
Next Deadline:
July 1, 2014


The ACPA Foundation is the fundraising organization for ACPA College Student Educators International. Specifically, the Foundation seeks philanthropic support for ACPA initiatives involving research and scholarship, professional development and leadership programs for student affairs professionals in higher education.

Each year, the Foundation awards $10,000 in response to research proposals that enhance the student affairs profession and disseminate knowledge about college students.The Foundation also awards grant funds in conjunction with two corporate partners:

Allen & O'Hara Education Services, Inc. specializes in developing and managing residence halls and student apartments in close collaboration with universities nationwide. The organization has developed or acquired 60 housing communities serving 49 universities. Allen & O'Hara has contributed $2,500 to the ACPA Foundation for research that supports the purpose and interests of ACPA.

Pave Systems delivers judicial and student safety solutions to higher education institutions.The organization's web-based enterprise-platform is used by over 300 colleges and universities, combining the best practices of information technology and student affairs to provide resources for student conduct and safety management. Pave Systems has contributed $2,000 to the ACPA Foundation grants program to support two grants focused on technology, student conduct and dispute resolution, campus safety, or related issues.

ACPA Foundation Announces Grant Recipients for 2013!
Congratulations to the following:

David Perez II, PhD
Miami University-Oxford
Over the Ivy Walls: A Phenomenological Study of Latino Male Achievers at Highly Selective, Predominantly White Institutions in the United States

Ellen Broido, PhD
Bowling Green State University
Disability Leadership and Activism in College Students

Kenneth Nienhusser, EdD
University of Hartford
Role of Higher Education Administrators in the Implementation of State and Institutional Policies Affecting Students without Documentation

Samuel Museus, PhD
University of Hawaii
The Impact of Culturally Engaging Campus Environments on Student Persistence in to the Second Year of College

V. Thandi Sule, PhD
Oakland University
Alternative Breaks: Pedagogy of Service or Critical Social Transformation

Funding eligibility is limited to ACPA members who are conducting research that is consistent with the purposes and interests of ACPA: to enhance the student affairs profession and disseminate knowledge about college students.

Award Amount

The research grants usually range from $1,000 to $2,500 for one-year projects. Multi-year grants are also available.

Research grants may be used to fund such items as part-time salaries, supplies, postage, printing costs, etc. Funds may not be used to pay travel expenses, conference registrations, indirect costs or to purchase equipment.

NOTE: All funds must be used within 1 year, or they will be forfeited back to the Foundation.


Application Submission

Proposals should be limited to 5 pages and may be submitted via email to Dr. Sean Robinson:

Deadline for submission is July 1, 2014

Download the Application Form [pdf]

[Online Grant Application Coming Soon]

Contact Dr. Sean Robinson ( if you have questions regarding the application or submission process.

Evaluation Criteria

Research proposals will be evaluated based on the importance and usefulness of the topic to student affairs professionals and the strength of the research methodology. The relevant experience and research record of the applicant will also be considered.

Reporting Requirements

As a condition of receiving grant funds, the Foundation requires that all materials or products related to the project must acknowledge that the project was funded by the ACPA Foundation. By August 1, the last day of the grant cycle, the author must submit a one-page abstract of the study and a 3x5 professional photograph of the grantee.