Special Contingency Award


The Graduate Student Senate Special Contingency Award (SCA) is a competitive award that offers a reimbursement of up to $1,500 of approved student-incurred expenses. The funding is used for costs associated with the active generation and/or dissemination of the applicant’s primary graduate work. The SCA is to be used for funding in extenuating circumstances as determined by the SCA Review Committee. The award is offered on a rolling basis, with applications due for review by 11:59PM three weeks prior to any Graduate Student Senate general meeting. Graduate students may receive one Special Contingency Award per graduate program. 

Once you have downloaded the instructions and gathered all the necessary information, follow the “Applicants: Apply for the Special Contingency Award” link below to begin the application process:

Applicants: Apply for the Spring 2021 Special Contingency Award

Letter-writers: Submit Letter of Recommendation

Special Contingency Award Guidelines

Application-blinding Guidelines

Special Contingency Award Evaluation Rubric

Post-Award Survey

Tax Form for International Students

The judging rubric above will be used by the award committee while reviewing the applications.

Please view our Business Manager list for more information and to contact your respective manager.


Fall 2020 SCA Recipients


The Non-Resident Award Letter (PDF) pertains to non-resident students who have received an award from the Graduate Student Senate. Please read for further information. The Resident Award Letter (PDF) pertains to U.S. resident students who have received an award from the Graduate Student Senate. Please read for further information. Please refer to the GSS Bylaws for further clarification into the policies and procedures associated with this Award (Articles V-VIII)

For questions regarding the Special Contingency Award, please contact Finance Chair, Maneesh Shukla, at mshukla@kent.edu.