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The Opportunity Fund

The Diversity and First Generation Office’s Opportunity Fund is designed to financially assist undergraduate students who are experiencing a temporary financial challenge from a hardship or who are seeking funds for an opportunity related to their academic, professional, and/or social development. Requests for financial assistance are considered on the basis of what is recognized as a hardship or an opportunity that may not be funded through other means. As such, the Diversity & First-Gen Office considers each request separately. 

Types of expenses generally covered by the fund:

  • Travel costs related to a death or illness
  • Assistance with laptop repair or replacement in the event of an emergency (one-time during your academic career at Stanford)
  • Medical emergencies that are not covered by the Financial Aid Office
  • Attending student conferences
  • Expenses associated with parent/guardian/family attendance at major campus events (one-time during your academic career at Stanford, with the exception of graduation
  • Expenses associated with preparation for graduate/professional school admissions exams

Types of expenses NOT covered:

  • Tuition or fees
  • Health insurance
  • Study abroad costs (with the exception of overseas seminars)
  • Expenses which are standard considerations for financial assistance through the Financial Aid Office

To apply for aid from the Opportunity Fund, click the following hyperlink: Opportunity Fund Application. Due to the high volume of requests that we receive through the Opportunity Fund it can take up to four weeks to receive a response. Please be sure to include all supporting materials with your application to prevent a delay in processing. 

For questions or clarification regarding the Opportunity Fund, feel free to email or contact Adriena Brown

Support for Stanford Graduate Students:

For more information regarding our Summer Equity Grant please click here

Check out these helpful resources:

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter:

Mind Over Money's Haven Money Tool:

Stanford Financial Aid Forms:

Voluntary Student Organization (VSO) Membership Funding Initiative

The Opportunity Fund is designed to financially assist students who are seeking funds for an opportunity related to their academic, professional and/or social development. Requests for financial assistance are considered on the basis of what is recognized as a hardship or an opportunity that may not be funded through other means. As such, each request is considered separately using Stanford Financial Aid Office Award letters as guidelines. These guidelines define “low-income” as an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and/or an Expected Student Contribution (ESC) of $5000 or under.

For VSO membership fees the Opportunity Fund can only be used to cover the full cost of national dues, not chapter dues. The Opportunity Fund will be cross-referencing membership lists provided by the VSO and the award will be disbursed directly to the organization.  Yearly renewal is required and all applications will be reviewed and granted based on eligiblity.

 Voluntary Student Organizations include:

  • Fraternities and Sororities under Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL)
  • Voluntary student organizations under the Student Activities and Leadership Office (SAL)


Apply for assistance with Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) membership dues here

Apply for Assistance with club sports membership dues here


Supporting Documentation

The financial officer and/or the president of the VSO is required to complete the dues verification form and the confidentiality agreement before requests can be processed.

19-20 Dues Verification Form

19-20 President Confidentiality Agreement

18-19 Financial Officer Confidentiality Agreement

Summer Equity Grant Program

The Opportunity Fund Summer Equity Grant (SEG) program provides support to FLI students who are pursuing public service, internships, fellowships, or research opportunities during the summer and need additional support to accomplish their goals. Applications are considered on a rolling, case-by-case basis.

In order to qualify for the summer grant, students must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and Expected Student Contribution (ESC) below $5,000. Additionally, all applicants must fill out our Summer Equity Grant budget, listing all expected expenses and sources of funding. Please upload your completed SEG document to your application.

Summer Equity Grant Application Checklist:

Note: If the intended program is not completed during the time indicated, opportunity funds may be rescinded. Additionally, we do not provide assistance with tuition, fees, or health insurance costs.


We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer Equity Grant. Please check back in April 2020. 



Haas Center for Public Service Fellowship Applicants

In partnership with the Haas Center’s Community Service Work-Study program, the Opportunity Fund will provide support to FLI students who pursue public service during the summer. For more information regarding Haas summer opportunities, click here. Please connect with an advisor in Haas prior to applying and submitting your CSWS acceptance letter.

The First-Gen Community Mentor Program 

The First-Gen Community Mentoring Program is beginning it's fifth year. It's focus is to connect first-gen undergraduate students with graduate student mentors to build a sense of community, and develop opportunities for first-generation and low-income students by creating connections across campus. The program has formal and informal events to elevate campus-wide conversations about class and privilege. 

You can sign up to GET a mentor by clicking the following link:

You can sign up to BE a mentor by clicking the following link:

If you are faculty/staff and would like to be involved in the program please email

TA Opportunities 

Psych 103F (1 unit): Intergroup Communication Facilitation with Professor Hazel Markus. During Autumn Quarter, learn to facilitate or be a teaching assistant (TA). Those who complete the 1 unit course will be eligible to TA during Winter Quarter for Psych 103—Intergroup Communication. 

Learning Opportunities

Psych 103 (3 units): Intergroup Communication. Challenge your implicit and explicit assumptions about various social groups and learn how to enhance communication across a complex web of identity. 

Job Opportunities

Work for the Diversity and First Generation Office (DGEN): Interested in leaving a legacy and paving a smoother pathway for more first-gen and low-income students? Have research plans or related skills to share? Inquire with our office about available opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to contribute.  

Federal Work-Study (FWS) jobs use federal funds to pay your wages, unlike a regular job where your wages are paid by your employer. If FWS is not included in your undergraduate financial aid award, you may send a request to to have your eligibility reviewed. Limited graduate student assistantships are also available. 

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