Chi-Wai Ho Principles of Community Awards

Helping create harmony on campus and in our communities

Application Deadlines
Fall: October 13 and November 10
Spring: February 9 and March 30

Grants are available to help fund research or activities that promote  understanding and mutual respect among people of different races, backgrounds, and experiences. Projects should advance one or more of the ISU Principles of Community and focus on creating a welcoming environment for all individuals working and learning at Iowa State, including international students.

Projects that have tangible or measurable results and have the potential for a recurring impact will be prioritized.



Eligibility Criteria 

  • The applicant must be a member of the Honors Program.
  • Funding may be use to support research, creative expression, or activities undertaken as part of an Honors project OR used to support expenses incurred as part of a separate, unrelated project (e.g., a project accepted for presentation at ISCORE).
  • An Honors project for which funding is sought must have already been approved or submitted for approval.
  • Applications must include an attached letter of support from the applicant’s project advisor.
  • Projects that are underway and have future expenses are eligible for funding. Projects that are substantially completed are not eligible. Students may not request reimbursement for prior expenses.
  • A student who has received another Honors Program grant (e.g., UHP, Stewart, FHMP) is eligible to apply. The justification of need, types of budgeted expenses, and availability of funds will all factor into award decisions.
  • Projects that have tangible or measurable results and have the potential for a recurring impact will be prioritized.


Funding Policies 

Acceptable funding requests:

  • Materials and supplies that are used as part of the research or creative process.
  • Interlibrary loan charges and reproduction of library research material.
  • Fees for professional services or external support required to implement the project.
  • Fees for the rental of space or equipment required to implement the project.
  • Travel expenses - Travel expenses must be justified and have a clear relationship to the goals of the project, such as a related training or workshop. Reimbursement will be in accordance with university travel policies.
  • Printing, copying, and photographic services. Note: Printing and copying must be done by an ISU Printing and Copy Center unless alternative arrangements are approved in advance.

Things these awards do not fund:

  • A student's time


Application Procedures 

  • Students should work closely with their project advisor or mentor to plan the project, develop an itemized budget, and assess funding needs.
  • Grant applications are available online and completed electronically.
  • Submitted applications are automatically routed through Qualtrics to the project advisor for approval and then to the Honors office.Students do not need to submit a hard copy.
  • Applications must include an attached letter of support from the applicant’s project advisor.
  • Students will be contacted if there are unanswered questions, additional information needed, or revisions requested. Revised applications must be re-submitted through Qualtrics and receive a new approval from the project advisor.

 Additional Considerations

  • HUMAN SUBJECT STATEMENT: Students doing projects involving human subjects must obtain the approval of the ISU Institutional Review Board prior to initiation of the project. This committee evaluates for compliance with university guidelines any research involving humans as subjects, including projects that use questionnaires or otherwise gather data from subjects. Human Subjects forms and submission instructions are available on the Institutional Review Board’s webpage. Note that you must allow at least 4-6 weeks for IRB determination of approval following submission of the required form for committee review.
  • COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS: Students using copyrighted materials are expected to comply with copyright law.


Award Procedures 

  • The student applicant and project advisor will be notified of the committee's decision via e-mail.
  • Grant recipients are required to sign and return a contract of acceptance for the award. 

Upon acceptance of the Chi-Wai Ho Principles of Community Award the student agrees to:

  • Include the following acknowledgement on any report or presentation related to the project: This research was funded in part or whole by a Chi-Wai Ho Principles of Community Award made available through the Iowa State University Foundation in conjunction with the University Honors Program.
  • Complete the research and submit or present the results no later than Prep Week of the semester of graduation. Failure to do so may result in the termination of the research award with the student reimbursing the research award fund for any expenses incurred.
  • Present the final results. The forum for presenting the results may vary: University Honors Poster Session for honors projects; ISCORE for NCORE/ISCORE projects; another audience or format deemed appropriate by the student and project advisor, and approved by the Honors Program administrative director.
  • Submit to the University Honors Program office an electronic copy and 2 printouts of the final project report: 1 for the Honors Program, 1 for the University Archives. This could be a research paper or a summary and analysis/review of the project.
  • Adhere to the ISU policy regarding printing and copy services.
  • Provide the University Honors Program with up to 4 hours of volunteer time to help with special activities (e.g., Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression, Honors Poster events, thank-you notes for donors, First-Year Honors Program Retreat, etc.).
  • Submit any expenses for reimbursement by the Monday of Prep Week for the semester in which the project is presented.

Payment for all grant-funded expenses should be discussed and coordinated with the University Honors Program office.

  • Purchases billed to the award should be made through an Honors Program administrative staff member, the project supervisor, or a university procurement specialist in accordance with university policy.
  • Purchases made by the student (for which reimbursement will be sought) must be approved in advance by the Honors Program administrative staff.
  • Travel arrangements, including the purchase of airline or bus tickets, should be discussed and approved in advance with an Honors program administrative staff member to ensure university travel policies are met.
  • Changes of $50.00 or more in the funding categories listed in the budget or changes to or substitutions for specific items outlined in the budget, should be approved by the Honors Program Director.