The Rockford University Student Opportunity Fund (SOF) provides financial support for curricular or co-curricular activities/projects with an academic component. These projects enhance the student experience and augment the University’s academic program.

Undergraduate students have access to a cumulative total $3000 over their academic lifetime at the university. Graduate students have access to a cumulative total of $1000. Students can apply for individual awards based on tiers (levels) of funding. Rockford University students can also apply for SOF funds to host an academic event on campus (Tier IV). These awards do not count as individual awards.

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RU students can apply for SOF funding for a myriad of projects that cover a host of opportunities such as:
— Research and creative activities
— Conference presentation and attendance
— Off-campus study—international or domestic
— Activity directly connected to a class or academic program
— Hosting an academic event on campus (these kinds of project are considered Tier IV and have a different application)



Deadlines for the academic year are the first day of September, October, November, December, February, March, April, and May. Awards are made on a first-come first-serve basis.