Before and during the application phase of the IUHPFL Program Cycle, students are encouraged to save money for the program by working extra shifts at their jobs, babysitting, tutoring, yard work, etc.
Once a student is accepted into the program, there are any number of activities and events that can help raise funds. For example:
- Beverage stand
- Doughnut or snack sale
- Recyclables for cash
- Yard sale
Groups of students from one school can also host bigger events such as:
- Arts or crafts exhibition
- Bake sale
- Car wash
- Chili cook-off
- Game tournament
- Costume run
- Cultural cuisine night
- Online auction
- Pajama day
- Pancake breakfast
- Pie-throwing contest
- Silent auction
- Spaghetti dinner
Remember there is a lot of information online for how to plan and organize fundraising activities!
Sponsorships are cash donations toward your IUHPFL experience, often given by family, family friends, organizations, or local businesses.
- Students should begin talking to relatives and family friends about their desire to participate in the program as early as possible, and ask if they might be interested in sponsoring if they are accepted into the program. In lieu of giving them gifts for birthday or holidays, students could suggest that relatives instead sponsor money towards program fees if accepted into IUHPFL.
- Students may research and contact local organizations in their community and/or school district about possibly sponsoring participation in the program (i.e., Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Key Club, etc.). They could also ask small businesses in the community to do the same.
- Students are encouraged to create and send out personalized IUHPFL sponsorship letters. Contact your foreign language or other trusted teacher for a letter of recommendation to add to the sponsorship letter. Consider banding with other interested students from your high school or region to send sponsorship letters as a group and then agree to equally share the sponsorship funds among them, should they all be selected to participate.
Sponsorship funds should be given directly to the student or guardian. If a business or organization requires that their contribution be made directly to IUHPFL, they can make a payment to Indiana University Accounts Receivable in the form of one check. Please ensure that they make a note in the check’s subject line referencing IUHPFL and the student’s name.
Students who are ultimately accepted into the program, should thank their sponsors. Many IUHPFL alumni prepare a slideshow of their experience abroad (see example), which they present to their sponsors upon their return. Other past participants have written postcards from their program site to their sponsors. Sponsors will want to hear about their student's experiences and will want to see what their sponsorships dollars have accomplished.
Sponsorships given for specific students are not typically considered tax deductible since they are designated for individuals and not the institution. IUHPFL advises participants to check with a tax advisor for more guidance on this matter.
Students may begin raising funds online only after they have been notified of their acceptance into IUHPFL. Any raising of funds for IUHPFL participation from the public before then is strictly prohibited.
- GoFundMe*: Perfect for personal projects, GoFundMe allows users to create personal goals and fundraising projects which they are able to share via text message, email, and social media.
- GoEnnounce*: Great for students, GoEnnounce allows users to track academic and extracurricular progress, as well as fundraise for specific goals. Users can track and share their progress and achievements while saving towards their big goal!
- GoGetFunding*: Create a campaign in 10 minutes or less and accept donations nstantly with credit/debit cards or Paypal!
- You Caring*: Putting emphasis on humanitarian causes, YouCaring is also a viable option for students raising funds to travel with IUHPFL. Create a project, share it with your friends and family, and collect donations. Don’t forget to mention the recently added Community Engagement aspect of IUHPFL!
How to Make a Successful Crowdfunding Profile
- Be Creative! Use a compelling video, story or pictures to support your cause
- Use hashtags to help spread the word #liveyourlanguage #crowdfunding #studyabroad #iuhpfl etc.
- Share via text message, email, and on all social media
- Make your campaign look its best; donors won't give money if your goals aren't clear and presentable
- Provide a link to https://iuhpfl.indiana.edu/ so donors can better understand what they are supporting
- Be positive, grateful, and be sure to thank your donors!
*Crowdfunding fees are typically an industry standard of 2.9% + .30 per transaction due to the recipient account, not the donor. For more information about each Crowdfunding Solution please refer to the respective hyperlink. The information presented in this document is for reference only.
Adapted from gogetfunding.com/how-to-fundraise/
Below is a list of potential grants and scholarships. Click the blue links for more information. This list is not exhaustive, so ask your school counselor or do your own research -- see if you can discover any new opportunities not listed below!
Dave Hefner International Exchange Fund, Inc. - For students living in northeastern Indiana, the fund helps provide financial assistance for both school approved programs and recognized international travel programs for high school students, which includes the IUHPFL. Students are able to apply for the sponsorship on their website.
The Road Scholarship - The Road Scholarship is available to individual students as well as groups of 3 or more students. Applicants must be under the age of 18 and nominated by a teacher or administrator in the school they currently attend. Only home-schooled students can be nominated by IUHPFL. For details, students are encouraged to contact the SYTA Youth Foundation directly and consult the list of Frequently Asked Questions on their website.
|$750-$1,000 for individuals & $5,000 for groups of 3 or more.||Mid-March|
Ripley Hunter - Students are encouraged to apply for this scholarship AFTER their IUHPFL experience. Students who write an essay describing what they learned and how they were impacted by their student travel experience could earn a $1,000 college scholarship!
John and Barbara Busch Scholarship - The Busch Scholarship assists North Central High School students who qualify for and participate in the IUHPFL in French. Mr. and Mrs. Busch are graduates of North Central High School (Class of 1969), and Mr. Busch is an alum of the IUHPFL who studied in St. Brieuc in 1968. All North Central High School IUHPFL French participants qualify for the scholarship. No application or demonstration of need is required. It is Mr. and Mrs. Busch's hope that should recipients of this scholarship be in a position to assist others in the future, they simply "pay it forward."
|$750 - $1,000||None|
*New* IUB Germanic Studies Automatic Scholarship made available exclusively to participants in the IUHPFL Graz Program by the Indiana University Germanic Studies Department. For Summer 2020, each participant will receive an automatic $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward their IUHPFL Program Fees.
All Graz Program participants will be invited to a reception hosted by IU Germanic Studies on the day of the IUHPFL Orientation in April.
Max Kade Scholarship - The IUB Department of Germanic Studies consistently offers Graz participants scholarships with funding from the Max Kade Foundation. Awards are merit based and granted to 3-5 program participants each year. No application beyond the IUHPFL application materials is necessary. Recipients are announced prior to the IUHPFL Orientation in April and are invited to a reception hosted by IU Germanic Studies on orientation day.
Indiana German Heritage Society Scholarship - The Indiana German Heritage Society works to increase interest in German language and culture throughout the state and endeavors to provide scholarships to high school students participating in educational programs in German-speaking countries. Germanic heritage is not required to apply for and receive this award. IUHPFL is proud of its longstanding collaboration with IGHS and encourages its Graz program applicants to visit the IGHS website for more information about this opportunity.
|$500 - $1,000||February 15th|