Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grants for Dire Needs Overseas


The purpose of the Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grant for Dire Needs Overseas is to identify and fund the most outstanding projects which will serve dire human needs in countries other than the U.S. The grants must be used within a 12-month period to make an impact that will help alleviate dire human needs. The amount awarded depends on available funds and project scope. Typical grant funding is $1,200 for a Level I award and $1,800 for a Level II award. Applications are due February 25.


Inquiries should be directed to

Past Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grants Projects: 

Joseph Smith
Level 1 Award 

Location: El Balsamar, El Salvador

Project description: Construction of composting latrines (This project is in coordination with MSU Engineers Without Borders Club). 

Laura Bailey drill a well and installed a rain catchment system.

Laura Bailey (2014)
Level 1 Award 

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Project description: Drill a well and install a rain catchment system to provide water for drinking and other domestic purposes. (This project is in coordination with Spartans Without Borders). 

Elizabeth Brajevich (2014)
Level II Award 

Locations: Kompong Speur Province, Cambodia & Kondal Province, Cambodia

Project description: Gave individual farm families gilts to raise for smallholder swine farming in two provinces. The female offspring of the gilts will be returned to the program to sustain the Pass Swine On project by training and supporting new swine farmers. 

Tiffany Abrahamian installed sustainable latrines that produce fertilizer for local crops.

Tiffany Abrahamian (2012)
Level I Award 

Location: Coimbatore, India

Project description: Installed sustainable latrines that produce fertilizer for local crops. 

John Suddard-Bangsund constructed latrines and sanitation with Engineers without Borders

John Suddard-Bangsund (2012)
Level I Award 

Location: El Balsamar,El Salvador

Project description: Constructed latrines and sanitation with Engineers Without Borders chapter at MSU.

Gregory Jones helped to complete a four-room school building and construction of a health center

Gregory Jones (2011)
Level I Award 

Location: Ba Phnom, Cambodia

Project description: Helped to complete a four-room school building and construction of a health center. 

Priyanka Pandey installed water pumps in India village

Priyanka Pandey (2010)
Level I Award 

Location: Bedani, India

Project description: Installed three community water pumps in the village.

Kathryn Bonnen Solar Panel Project

Kathryn Bonnen (2010)
Level I Award 

Location: Huamachuco, Peru

Project description: Designed, built and installed two solar-powered water heaters in two schools, working with an MSU faculty member. (This project built on a similar water heater installation from the previous year)