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National Voting Coalition Announces Nearly Half Million Dollars in Grants to Help Institutions Ask Every Student To Register To Vote In 2024.

PRESS RELEASE: Students Learn Students Vote Coalition
CONTACT: Danny Fersh, danny@slsvcoalition.org

The Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV) Coalition, the largest nonpartisan network in the United States dedicated to growing college student voter participation, announced today the distribution of $478,110 in grants to colleges and universities throughout the country to fund the implementation of strategies to ask every student at their institution to register to vote ahead of the 2024 elections. 

The implementation grants were distributed to campuses that participate in Ask Every Student (“AES”), the national initiative that supports college and university efforts to achieve 100% student voter registration, based on applications that detailed each institution’s plans to employ the grants in effective, innovative, and nonpartisan ways. In total, 109 different institutions received funding, including 17 community colleges, 26 minority-serving institutions, and 30 rural-serving institutions.

“As a small rural community college, identifying internal funding options for voter engagement activities can be difficult, if not impossible,” said Erich Heppner, Director of Student Life at Central Lakes College in Minnesota. “The funding we have received from SLSV through the AES Implementation Grant has proven to be transformative for our programming. We went from a small voter registration table to fully integrated strategies that put civic engagement back in the positive light it deserves. This funding has energized our student leaders to work with their fellow students so that everyone’s voice is heard.”

This year the SLSV Coalition intentionally accelerated the grant process so that funds were distributed and received in time to plan and implement nonpartisan student voter engagement strategies in the summer of 2024, ahead of the fall semester. With funding secured, campuses can plan strategies to implement the Ask Every Student framework, whether by incorporating voter registration information into core classroom curricula, helping students register during first-year orientation, or utilizing Federal Work-Study funds to employ students for nonpartisan voter engagement activities, several months ahead of Election Day 2024.

“This year’s implementation grantees represent an extraordinarily diverse and forward-thinking cohort of institutions who recognize the positive force student voters can be for our democracy,” said SLSV Coalition Co-founder and Executive Director Clarissa Unger. “These funds will help them realize their full potential as campus communities and hubs for nonpartisan civic engagement.” 

About Ask Every Student

Ask Every Student (AES) is a national, nonpartisan, joint initiative of the Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV) Coalition, the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, and Voter Friendly Campus, a program of the Campus Vote Project and NASPA. AES supports higher education institutions to implement, institutionalize, and scale voter registration strategies that reach every student on campus. The program uses the framework that full student voter participation comes from integrating person-to-person nonpartisan voter registration into existing processes, such as orientation or classes – both in-person and virtually.

About the SLSV Coalition

The SLSV Coalition is the national hub and largest nonpartisan network in the United States dedicated to increasing college student voter participation. The Coalition convenes and connects partners, campuses, and students with each other and with resources and programming towards achieving a vision of ensuring that every student has easy and equal access to participate in every election. They use data, relationships, celebration, and easy-to-follow planning structures, to help campus and local leaders register and turnout more student voters every year. The SLSV Coalition is a project of NEO Philanthropy. NEO Philanthropy is strictly nonpartisan, and does not support or oppose any candidate or party.

Full list of 2024 Ask Every Student Grantees:

  • Alabama
    • Alabama A&M University
  • Arizona
    • Arizona State University
    • Eastern Arizona College
    • Northern Arizona University
    • Rio Salado College
  • Arkansas
    • Arkansas Tech University
  • California
    • California State University San Marcos
    • University of California, Los Angeles
    • University of San Francisco
  • Colorado
    • Fort Lewis College
  • Connecticut
    • Connecticut College
  • District of Columbia
    • Gallaudet University
    • George Washington University
  • Florida
    • Barry University
    • Bethune-Cookman University
    • Florida International University
    • Florida State University
    • Jacksonville University
    • Miami Dade College
    • Ringling College of Art & Design
    • Saint Leo University
    • Stetson University
  • Georgia
    • Agnes Scott College
    • Emory University
    • Georgia State University
    • Mercer University 
  • Illinois
    • College of DuPage
    • Columbia College Chicago
    • Eastern Illinois University
    • Rock Valley College
  • Indiana
    • Indiana University Indianapolis
    • Indiana University South Bend
  • Iowa
    • Iowa State University
    • St. Ambrose University
  • Kansas
    • University of Kansas
    • Wichita State University
  • Kentucky
    • Centre College
    • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Maine
    • Bates College
    • Bowdoin College
    • Central Maine Community College
    • Kennebec Valley Community College
    • Southern Maine Community College
    • University of Southern Maine – Portland & Gorham
  • Maryland
    • Allegany College of Maryland
    • University of Maryland – College Park
  • Massachusetts
    • Lasell University
  • Michigan
    • Delta College
    • Kalamazoo College
    • Michigan State University
    • University of Michigan Flint
    • University of Michigan- Ann Arbor
    • Wayne State University
  • Minnesota
    • Central Lakes College
    • Concordia University, St. Paul
    • Inver Hills Community College
    • University of Minnesota Duluth
    • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    • University of St. Thomas
    • Winona State University
  • Mississippi
    • Mississippi State University
    • University of Mississippi
  • Nebraska
    • University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Nevada
    • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • New Jersey
    • Kean University
    • Montclair State University
    • The College of New Jersey
  • New York
    • Binghamton University
    • Borough of Manhattan Community College
    • Hobart & William Smith Colleges
    • Manhattan College
    • Pace University
    • Stony Brook University
    • Suffolk County Community College
    • SUNY at Albany 
    • SUNY College at Brockport
    • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    • SUNY Old Westbury
    • Wagner College
  • North Carolina
    • North Carolina A&T State University
    • UNC Asheville
    • Warren Wilson College
    • Western Carolina University
  • Ohio
    • Bowling Green State University
    • Kent State University
    • Ohio State University
    • Ohio University
    • University of Toledo
  • Pennsylvania
    • Arcadia University
    • Cedar Crest College
    • Lebanon Valley College
    • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rhode Island
    • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Texas
    • Sul Ross State University
    • Tarrant County College SE
    • Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
    • Texas Lutheran University
    • The University of Texas at El Paso
    • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Virginia
    • James Madison University
    • University of Mary Washington
    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
    • Virginia Wesleyan University
    • William & Mary
  • Wisconsin
    • Beloit College
    • Marquette University
    • University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
    • Western Technical College

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