June 5, 2013

Better World Fund Supports Student Projects

Fort Wayne, Ind.—Inspired by one student’s interest in helping people in Honduras, Indiana Tech has established the Better World Fund to provide grants to students participating in projects or activities that improve the world around us.

The first grant of $1,500 will go to John Canterbury, a sophomore computer security and investigation major from Gibraltar, Mich. His request for help funding a service trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, led to the creation of the program.

“We were very impressed by John’s passion for helping underprivileged and homeless people in Honduras,” said Arthur E. Snyder, Indiana Tech president. “We suggested that he put together a proposal for us, and the result was so compelling that it was not only worth our support but also a great idea for encouraging other students.”

Canterbury will spend a month this summer, July 1 through August 1, in Tegucigalpa building houses, working at orphanages, leading groups on mission trips, and helping to feed and house homeless people at Breaking Chains Ministry.

In his application for the grant, Canterbury wrote: “What we would consider a small garage is a home for a whole family, and at the end of the day, the family members are in tears because of how happy they are over the new home. … I love being able to help the people down there and seeing their lives change right in front of me.”

The university expects to award two or three grants per year through the Better World Fund, and recipients will be chosen by the president and executive vice president for finance and administration. To apply for a grant, students must:

  • Submit a request form along with a budget and an essay describing the project
  • Be registered at Indiana Tech for the semester before and after the project dates
  • Present their experience at a campus forum after the project is completed

“We have many students involved in projects to help those who are less fortunate,” Snyder said. “Providing a little financial assistance is our way of showing our appreciation and support for those efforts.”


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