Give Back. Big.

Give Back. Big.

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The Give Back. Big. campaign is a competition for students to share their proposal on how to help change the world around them. Applicants will submit a proposal that outlines how they would take action to make these changes possible. There will be two winners- one selected by the Give Back. Big committee made up of staff, faculty and students and one by community vote. Each of the winning proposals will receive a $1,000 grant to help accomplish their goal. What will you come up with to Give Back. BIG?!

Past Winners

Winners for 2017

Resilient Women The organization will host the Resilient Women of Color Conference in March 2018. The conference aims to help high school women of color develop skills to reach their full potential. Student organizers will serve as mentors as participants attend sessions on confidence, leadership, overcoming adversities and self-care.


Camp Kesem The student organization supports a summer camp where organizers expect to serve 110 children impacted by a parent’s cancer. The camp helps children build a peer support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence and strengthens their communication skills. The weeklong camp is free to families.

Winners for 2016

Camp Kesem The student organization supports a summer camp where organizers expect to serve 110 children impacted by a parent’s cancer. The camp helps children build a peer support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence and strengthens their communication skills. The weeklong camp is free to families.


Computer Science and Engineer Ambassadors The grant helped start a robotics program for middle school students in Title I Lincoln Public Schools (LPS). The organization hoped to provide an excellent opportunity to introduce students to the fundamentals of computer science and help them to understand career options beyond high school. Read more

Winners for 2015

Dance Marathon This is a nationwide movement, involving college and high school students at over 150 schools across the country who raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in their community. Students spend a year learning invaluable leadership and social skills while raising funds in a variety of ways and interacting with Children’s Miracle Network’s hospital patients and families. The year-long effort culminates with a 12-hour long event where the students stay on their feet through dancing, games, and entertainment in order to celebrate the total amount raised that year, for the kids.


UNL Fine Photo Club Help Portrait is a project that will give UNL photography students the opportunity to serve people who might not otherwise be able to afford a family or professional portrait. Funding through this grant proposal will help pay to advertise two events in Lincoln and cover the cost of ink and paper so that participants can take home professional quality portraits that are printed on the spot.

Winners for 2014

Jai Kumar Mediratta-Camp Kesem UNL. Camp Kesem UNL (CKUNL) provides a unique, stress free and compassionate environment where kids can just be kids. Additionally, CKUNL offers year-round support for out-alumni campers. Throughout the academic year, out campers participate in reunions, where they can reconnect with their peers and receive support resources. We also strive to empower college students to make a difference and build invaluable leadership skills by developing and managing EVERY ASPECT of our Camp Kesem UNL chapter. In early June of 2015, CKUNL will host its third annual summer camp. Our camp is like a traditional summer camp, however, we offer the experience FREE OF CHARGE. The goal this year is to send 65 kids to camp, who will come from Omaha, Lincoln and surrounding areas.


Jeremy Payne- STAC (Students Together Against Cancer). This grant helped STAC in enacting the first section of the mission statement: to provide emotional and financial assistance to local cancer patients. Being diagnosed with cancer is a confusing and stressful ordeal, and, ideally, a cancer patient undergoing treatment should be able to focus on one thing: fighting the disease. Often times, however, money is a deterrent to recovery. Worrying about finances inflates the burden in every aspect of a cancer patient's life; their stress levels increase, their relationships are strained, and, ultimately, their ability to fight the disease is diminished. STAC's goal is to take on the financial burden of these patients in order to provide them the opportunity to focus on what matters, fighting the cancer.


Winners for 2013

Maddy Peterson- UNL Enactus. Their nonprofit, The LisaMom Foundation, places nannies and other necessary services in the homes of cancer-stricken families to assist with household duties. The services they provide include meals, cleaning, childcare and lawn care. The goal is to bring relief to struggling families, so that they can focus on loving and supporting each other during difficult times.


Francisco Gomez-Mancillas-MASA (Mexican American Student Association). They used the grant to help El Centro de las Americas with their at-risk youth program, "The Golden Warriors." MASA wanted to provide journals for individuals to track their progress and to help with the construction of a fort to host ceremonial activities such as youths "graduation" from the program.


Winners for 2012

Bejamin Pavlik –Nebraska Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Their proposal continued the aid of sustainable power generation and water purification infrastructure in Kianjavato, Madagascar. They used the grant to implement additional panel systems at more schools in the area.

Adam Salistean- Nebraska Chapter of Dance Marathon. His proposal sought to help the Omaha Children’s hospital through a 24 hour dance event to raise money and awareness.


Winner for 2011

Stacey Joy- Nebraska’s Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Their proposal was centered around improving the quality of life in Kianjavato, Madagascar by helping the community obtain a cleaner water supply with biosand filters and providing solar power in their schools.