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Get Funding to Grow Your Idea and Travel to California

Applications are being accepted for the Clinton Global Initiative University for students to create “Commitments to Action” that address issues on campus, in local communities or around the world. As a CGI U member university, St. Thomas is offering $25,000 to help pay for travel to the annual conference, April 1-3, 2016, at UC Berkeley, and launch student ideas when they return.

Last spring, three engineering students traveled to the University of Miami for CGI U, where they connected with like-minded students from around the world, social change experts and celebrities, to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Their commitment to action was to design a low-cost renewable energy system for a village in Africa. It was a project their student club Engineers for a Sustainable World was already working on, and they received financing to further the idea.

Since 2008, students around the globe have made more than 5,500 commitments, and nearly $2 million in funding has been awarded to these commitment-makers through CGI U. This year’s meeting will bring together more than 1,100 students with ideas that could make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas of education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

The application deadline for CGI U 2016 is Dec. 1. If you have questions about CGI U or would like help with the application, contact the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at