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Student Impact Fund

The Student Impact Fund (SIF) was established during the 2017 – 2018 academic year in order to provide funding support to student projects and organizations that significantly contribute to UC Merced student success as well as to fund annually the Community Service Award.

The goal of the Board is to work towards endowing the fund so that students may benefit from it in perpetuity.

All requests for Student Impact Funds are directed to the UFC Board and shall reflect a response to a recognized and unmet student need.

In just the first year, Student Impact Funds were utilized to fund the Community Service Award as well as the UFC Guardian Scholars Welcome Packages.

If you are interested in making a contribution to the Student Impact Fund, click here.

Information for Interested Groups

In order to apply for SIF Funding, the request must originate with faculty, staff, or a Registered Student Organization. UFC representatives may advance ideas and assist applicants through the request process. You may find the UFC Request Form for SIF, Goods and/or Services here. Please complete this form and send to the UFC Financial Liaison, Carole Whitehill, at

The UFC executive committee and Board of Directors will review all requests against available funding and make approval decisions in a timely manner.

The Board considers the following criteria when evaluating requests:

  1. The project must be consistent with the established mission of UFC;
  2. The UC Merced applicant shall attest to their organizational capacity (i.e., volunteers, leadership, etc.) to achieve a successful project outcome;
  3. The applicant shall identify a UFC Project Liaison;
  4. A project that may be ongoing must be accompanied by a written evaluation describing past project outcomes/expected next goals or why the need recurs each year.

Please note funds will be transferred interdepartmentally and will not be disbursed to an external entity.