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Hightower Speaker Funds

A successful Hightower Speaker Funds requests is defined as follows:

  • Hightower Speaker Funds support honoraria, travel, and other expenses for your event.
  • 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 of student (undergraduate and graduate) engagement.

Typically, we support requests up to $5,000 depending on the level and duration of the speaking commitment and engagement with ECAS students and faculty. 

When requesting funds, please adhere to the procedures below.

Hightower Funds Procedures

Applications should be submitted by completing the Hightower Funds application. Hightower applications are now accepted and reviewed by the committee on a rolling schedule. If you have any questions, please contact

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 Funds Sample Budget.
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.

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.