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Funding and Awards

Hightower Speaker Funds

Each year Emory College receives funds from the Hightower endowment, which memorializes the late Robert E. Hightower Sr. This endowment provides funds to bring outstanding visiting lecturers to Emory.

The College has typically committed funds of $75,000-$100,000 annually. These include small allocations for partial funding of a single speaker to larger amounts to support conferences with several speakers. The criteria for a successful Hightower request have been defined as follows:

  • Hightower funds are limited to honoraria.
  • Other funding sources, including departmental or program support, committed to the program or event must be outlined in the request.
  • The program or event promotes interdisciplinary, college-wide discussion and dialogue on important topics in a variety of fields.
  • Requestors should describe in a brief paragraph, student (undergraduate and graduate) engagement.

When requesting funds, you must adhere to the following procedures.


Hightower Fund Application

Hightower Requests should be submitted electronically to:

The following items are required information:

  • Department or Program name
  • Name(s) of speaker(s)
  • Name of event
  • Type of event
  • Dates of the event
  • Other sources of support and dollar amount of that support
  • Dollar amount allocated from departmental honoraria pool
  • Abbreviated curriculum vitae of speaker(s)
  • Description of interdisciplinary nature of the program or event
  • Requestor's name
  • Statement of support from chair or director as a departmental or programmatic priority for Hightower funding.
  • Indication of ways in which students (both graduate and undergraduates will be involved in the event.
  • Budget; See Hightower Sample Budget


Requests are accepted on a biannual basis. Deadlines for requests are as follows:

  • Requests for fall 2020 events are due on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
  • Requests for spring and summer events are due on Monday, November 16, 2020.
  • Requests for fall events are due on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Event Flyers

All event flyers must indicate that the Hightower Fund sponsored or co-sponsored the lecture. These flyers must be submitted to Shondra Bryan-Powell at with the request for reimbursement. This information will be included in the College Office's report to the Hightower family.

Transfer of Funds

Shondra Bryan-Powell will handle the transfer of funds once the event has occurred according to the following procedures:

  • You must charge expenses to your department/program's E&G budget.
  • Flyer(s) from the event, indicating that the Hightower Fund sponsored or co-sponsored the lecture, must be attached to each reimbursement request. The Hightower family also asks that departments/programs receiving Hightower funds provide the following information:

    • Name of the speaker(s)
    • Title of the lecture(s)
    • Lecturer's home institution
    • Copy of the Revenue and Expense Detail Report showing the department, speed type, and account the honoraria expenses were charged against.
  • Once all relevant information has been received from the department or program requesting reimbursement, the expenses will be transferred off the department or program account and onto the Hightower account.