Last week, LMU’s Student Affairs Division proudly established the Be a Lion Fund to extend support to students who may encounter financial barriers to their chosen extracurricular activities. Connecting with others outside of the classroom is an important part of the LMU experience; every student should be able to participate, explore their passions, and take advantage of the full spectrum of engagement at LMU.
Financial challenges associated with participation in student organizations, events, and programs may hinder students’ full engagement in these valuable experiences that set LMU apart. The Be a Lion Fund has been established to provide financial assistance to students by eliminating obstacles that may impede participation in LMU’s vibrant student life.
“Since I started at LMU, I have seen firsthand the importance of transformative extracurricular experiences for our students,” said Senior Vice President Kawanna Leggett, Ed.D., of Student Affairs. “At LMU, we are fortunate to offer a multitude of distinctive and invaluable experiences. Each day, I witness how these opportunities foster the growth of leadership skills, a commitment to service, and the creation of life-altering prospects for our students. Our mission is to ensure that a greater number of students can actively participate in these transformative experiences throughout their LMU journey.”
Leggett added that these experiences can have a profound impact on the trajectory of a student’s future, “helping develop their passions for the world’s greatest needs and shaping how they will use these formative experiences to serve and lead in the future.”
A gift to the Be a Lion Fund will help students cover things such as:
- $10 pays registered student organization dues;
- $90 supports service organization dues and sweaters;
- $200-$500 covers sorority and fraternity life dues;
- $1,000 relieves costs for Alternative Breaks immersions;
- $1,000 offsets the cost of EMT certification;
- Various amounts provide club sports athletes with equipment and competition fees.
Student Affairs will share the funding process in December 2023 to apply for the funding in spring 2024.