Give Back. Big.

Give Back. Big.

Submit Your Proposal Here!

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?!

Applications are due Friday, October 20th at 5:00 P.M. Voting will go from October 30th – November 13th. The winner will be announced during the Franco's List Ceremony on Friday, November 17th at 4:00 P.M. in the Nebraska Union Auditorium.

Past Winners

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.