Olivia Thomas was walking down her dorm hall in Sawtooth when a student in an Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) shirt was walking down the hall one day. She took a chance and asked if he could help her.
“I was panicking about how our funding was going to work and he ended up helping me through the process,” Thomas said. “And then he ended up joining our club.”
Thomas, the president of the Quiz Bowl Club, a team-based club for quiz competitions, has requested money from the Funding Board every year for the past three years.
The ASBSU Funding Board is a committee with four student officers responsible for holding hearings for students that are requesting joint, individual or direct grants. On the ASBSU YouTube channel, the Funding Board has a video depicting how to find their office, as well as an introduction to the officers on Funding Board.
Carolina Zamudio, ASBSU’s secretary of student affairs, is the head of the Funding Board and has worked to make the process less intimidating for students.
“You’re coming into a room full of people, we all have our laptops up and open and we’re taking notes,” Zamudio said. “So it’s intimidating enough. And because you’re coming in, you have to present your budget, you’re asking for money, a lot of people come in nervous.”
The funds in the joint, individual and direct accounts are granted to students or student organizations on campus to host events or send individual people to conferences.
For students presenting work at a conference, the event should allow students to help their community. Mark Carter, Funding Board member, gave an example of students wanting to attend a 3D printing for special education conference.
“They were each assigned a student in the community and they have a particular need. One person holds their pencil in a certain way that a conventional pencil doesn’t work,” Carter said. “So, they will print something from the 3D printer that actually fits on their hands so they can hold a pencil and write like everybody else. It’s just really groundbreaking stuff like that.”
At the beginning of the school year, the Funding Board had $24,000 in their joint account, $15,000 in the individual account and $140,800 in the direct account. The Funding Board has held hearings for 120 clubs and individuals and has allocated $155,617.41 so far this year.
The board uses a first come first serve rule and urges those that know their needs for the year submit their requests as soon as possible. Currently, the joint account has $6,158.67, the individual has $2,067.84 and the direct account has $18,318.90.
President of the Honors Student Association (HSA) Claire Oberg requested the limit for one organization of $4,000. According to Oberg, the money is used for the two honors graduation ceremonies, one in the fall and one in the spring. The money is split so that $2,000 is used one semester and the rest is used the following semester.
This is the second year Oberg has requested funds and the request was placed within the first two weeks of the semester to assure they would receive the funds.
“We give each honors graduate a medallion to wear with their graduation regalia and that’s when we call them up one by one and give them that. It’s really just a recognition dinner and the funds go towards the catering for the event,” Oberg said.
Each organization is allowed to request $400 per person but the board places a cap on the amount one organization can receive at $4,000. The Funding Board Code has rules and regulations for the criteria that must be met. If an event is being held that allows outside members to come, the event must have a 50% or higher attendance rate of students.
Although there is certain criteria that needs to be met, Zamudio encourages students to research and see if they qualify for funds. Tyler Qualls is the Financial Officer of Jedi Academy Association and President of the Dungeons and Broncos organization.
Qualls requested $4,000 for the Jedi Academy for light sabers, crash pads and an Adobe Suite. However, the request for an Adobe Suite was denied because it conflicted with the Funding Board’s code and received $3760 in total. Dungeon and Broncos requested $1,167.54 for books and lego tools and received all of it.
“It is important because it furthers the ability for others to take part in these activities,” Qualls said. “Especially for the Jedi Academy, it’s really useful to have extra lightsabers in order to have people that can’t afford their own lightsabers to be able to participate.”