Arete: “Being the best you can be” or “reaching your highest human potential.”

The purpose of the Arete Fund is to provide Skagit Valley College (SVC) recognized clubs with the opportunities to attend regional, state and/or national conferences as well as educational and/or networking experiences. This experience will help broaden their knowledge, develop leadership skills, and create possible employment opportunities that will benefit them, their clubs, and SVC as a whole. Please follow and adhere to the following guidelines:

General Guidelines

  1. Only SVC recognized clubs can apply for the Arete Fund
  2. Funds cannot be requested for summer quarter
  3. Arete Fund are intended only for fall, winter and spring quarters
  4. Recognized clubs can request up to $2,500 each quarter
  5. A maximum of $2,500 can be requested for one conference or educational and/or networking experience. A club cannot accumulate money from this account to be used for one conference or educational and/or networking experience.
  6. Funds can only be used for students and up to two (2)  faculty/staff advisors
  7. Funds can only be used to pay for registration fees, transportation and lodging. Note: Meals may not be covered under “expenses.” It is the responsibility of your organization to plan accordingly and follow the Washington State Per Diem regulations.
  8. The conference or educational and/or networking experience must be regional, state, or national level
  9. When requesting funds, clubs must present an itinerary with their best estimates or exact prices for the cost of the conference or educational and/or networking experience.
  10. Requests must follow S&A guidelines
  11. Unclarified areas of the request will be left to the discretion of the council, i.e. estimated costs
  12. Clubs must submit documents one week prior to their scheduled meeting/presentation with the council
  13. Clubs must submit their request at least seven (7) weeks prior to an out of state conference or educational and/or networking experience or four (4) weeks prior to an in state conference or educational and/or networking experience. This is due to the amount of time it takes Student Life to process paperwork (forms, documents and requests)
  14. The council will make a decision within two (2) business days of their meeting

Fund Request Meeting

  • Please be prepared answer the following questions in your presentation:
    • Has your club approved participation in this conference or educational and/or networking experience?
    • Which club advisor will be attending the conference or educational and/or networking experience?
    • How many members of your organization will be attending?
    • Where are you traveling to?
    • What conference or educational and/or networking experience will your club members be attending?
    • What is the conference or educational and/or networking experience schedule?
    • What is the topic of the conference or educational and/or networking experience?
    • What type of transportation will you be using?
    • What is the estimated cost of your transportation?
    • Will you need a hotel, or is lodging included in the registration fees?
    • What is the estimated cost of lodging?
    • What is the registration fee per student/advisor?

Council Make-Up

  • The council will consist of four (4) members selected by ASSVC.
  • The ASSVC Treasurer will automatically be on the council and will act as the chair of the council.
  • In the absence of the ASSVC Treasurer the ASSVC President will act of chair of the council.
  • 3/4 of the members of the council must be present for a vote to take place.
  • All Requests must be then presented to the entire student government for a final vote based on the presented information.
  • A simple majority vote can decide on funding allocations.

Rollover Funds

  • At the end of each quarter any remaining funds will roll over equally into the following quarter(s).

Example: If $5000 remains from the fall quarter, $2500 will roll over to the winter and spring quarters.  

  • Funds from the current academic year may not rollover to the following academic year

Following the Conference

  • At the end of the conference or educational and/or networking experience, clubs will be required to submit a presentation explaining what they learned at the event and what they plan to bring back to Skagit Valley College. This can be done either as a paper, PowerPoint presentation, or poster board. If a presentation is not made future club requests will be limited
  • The presentation should include what you learned in general, any new contacts you made, any new concepts you learned, any events you plan to bring back to SVC, and anything you learned that will be implemented in your club.