Spirit of CSN Award 2020

Spirit of CSN Award - $5,000 - $10,000 - Deadline extended to April 15

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) Foundation Board of Trustees invite faculty, staff and student clubs to apply for a Spirit of CSN award. The purpose of this award is to support CSN’s commitment to Students First and selection will be based on work that supports student-centered projects during the 2020-2021 year.  Funding for this grant is made possible through the generous support of CSN employees and community donors. Questions? Please contact Barbara Talisman, CFRE, Executive Director, CSN Foundation or call 702.651.7535. If you are interested in the STEM Innovation and Impact Fund opportunity, please visit STEM at CSN.

Application deadline: Wednesday April 15, 2020 5:00pm PST via email
Awards announced: May 11, 2020      Awards Distributed: June 30, 2020
Maximum award: $10,000

Applicants may request a minimum of $5000 to a maximum of $10,000. Final award amount is at the discretion of the committee.
Spend time frame: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

You may view, download and save all application documents through the links below. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. A complete application includes: Award application, budget form, approvals and review from your chair/dean or club advisor and CSN assessment team.



Priority consideration will be given to projects, programs, or activities that support CSN’s mission to empower our students and community to achieve, succeed and prosper and our expectation that CSN students will graduate, complete or transfer.

CSN Foundation and committee will focus on award applications that move CSN Student Success Metrics forward. Please keep these in mind when writing your proposal. 

  • Increase CCSD High School and Second Chance Access to CSN Education 
  • Increase graduation rate from 14% to 19.5% by 2025; Increase transfer rate from 25% to 30% by 2025. 
  • Increase graduation rates for African Americans from 3% to 14%; Transfer rates from 12.5% to 30%. Sustain Latino cohort success gain rates at 14% graduation and 25% transfer rates. 
  • Increase enrollment and graduation rates in high demand occupations. 
  • Increase STEM based research opportunities for CSN students and in undergraduate research. 

The award will not fund:

  • Staff salaries
  • Events, hosting, swag without a clear impact or ROI related to moving Students First forward
  • Organizations outside of CSN
  • Student Club activities not endorsed by their advisor
  • Any application not approved by your Chair, Dean and where applicable facilities or OTS

2019-2020 Spirit of CSN Award Recipients

CSN President, Dr. Federico Zaragoza and the CSN Foundation Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Spirit of CSN award recipients.

  • Phi Theta Kappa Research & Membership Recruitment Project - $7,500
    • CSN Lead, Bruno Rhodes, Arts & Letters, English, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor
    • To engage CSN Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students in informed action and grow as scholars and leaders. Increase the number of CSN PTK members.
  • TRIO Student Life Hack - $10,000
    • CSN Lead: Nicholas Goodsell, Director, TRIO Student Support Services
    • To provide low-income, first generation CSN students with textbooks, school equipment and supplies
  • CSN Alumni Tutor Program - $10,000
    • CSN Lead: Pete Lanagan, Professor Phyisical Sciences
    • Engage, recruit and hire CSN alumni to tutor current CSN students in STEM courses including Chemistry, Physics, Math and Biology
  • CSN North Las Vegas Library Furniture - $10,000
    • CSN Lead: Caprice Roberson, Director, CSN Libraries
    • To update and provide a comfortable, modern, safe academic space and services to CSN students

We would like to thank CSN faculty, staff and students who served on the 2019 Spirit of CSN Awards Committee. Their thoughtful review and consideration are greatly appreciated.

  • Bob Bonora, Chair, Fine Arts
  • Barbara Burgess, Administrative Faculty
  • Cheryl Feldmeier, OTS
  • Bradford Glover, Student Affairs
  • Richard Hinckley, Office of General Counsel
  • Marcus Johnson, Dean
  • John Min, Instructor, Social Sciences
  • Natalie Nelson, Student Affairs
  • Terry Norris, On Line Learning
  • Andrew Sierra, ASCSN President