Resource for Excellence Grants

Innovative programs and services and responsiveness to student needs have made College of DuPage one of the strongest undergraduate institutions in the state and a valued and respected community resource.

The College of DuPage Foundation recognizes that, given the resources to proceed, all COD employees can improve instruction and support given to students and community members. The Foundation’s Resource for Excellence program has helped create an exciting culture of innovation and creativity at College of DuPage.

Resource for Excellence Grant Program

Since 2013, the Resource for Excellence grant program has fostered innovation and a quick response to student needs by providing seed money to test new ideas, pilot new programs or methods, conduct research, or try new services.


  • 141 projects have been proposed by faculty and staff, with 74 funded.
  • Over 6500 students, faculty, and community members have participated.
  • 6 affinity groups are represented: Health Care; STEM; Scholarships/Student Affairs. Career/Tech/Certificate Programs; and Liberal/Cultural Arts.
  • $1,078,855 in seed money has been awarded to faculty and staff.
  • 13 projects have been renewed for two or three years of support.
  • 5 projects have become institutionalized and/or self-sustaining in some form.

In FY22, seven projects were funded, totaling $107,145. In addition, the Foundation is carrying over $75,000 in RFE awards from FY21 at the project directors’ request due to the pandemic. View the newly funded projects below.

The following projects were selected for funding for the FY22 year.

Total Resource for Excellence grant funding for the year: $107,145.

Food Security Initiative

Student Life

Funds will go to the expansion of the Fuel Pantry and all aspects of its operations, allowing he initiative to reach a greater number of food insecrure studetns and improve on the healthy options. 

Business Solutions and ID InternPlus Program 

Business Solutions


Funds will go towards the InternPlus program, a new pilot which will provide critical paid work experience and career readiness education to COD students.

Addressing Equity Gaps in Scientific Reasoning

Assessment/Academic Affairs

This project seeks to address equity gaps using a set of cost-effective, sustainable and scalable pilot interventions designed to increase Scientific Reasoning confidence and skills among a target group of students.


Career Ready Scholar

Career Services Center

The Career Ready Scholar program will provide studetns with an opportunity to work on developing and perfecting their career readiness skills.

Scholarship for the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP)

Liberal Arts

Funds will provide scholarships for 20 students to enroll in COD’s Accelerated Learning Program (ALP). 

Big IDea Pitch Contest – FY22

Continuing Education

The Big IDea Pitch Contest is an experiential, problem-solving co-curricular activity for students that brings academic learning to life.

COD Africa Initiative Travel Scholarship

Field Studies/Study Abroad: Academic Affairs

Funds will be used for student scholarships to offfset travel costs, addressing a critical hurdle to accessibility in study abroad at community colleges.

We count on your support for student scholarships, expansion and enrichment of programs, and other education essentials.