The challenge is simple: What would you do with $5000 to improve the lives of Rochester students?

1. Submit Your Proposal

Tell us about an improvement you’d like to see on campus, and make sure it fits within the submission guidelines. October 6th – November 2nd.

You can submit your proposal here

2. Vote For Your Favorite

All proposals that meet the criteria for a feasible project will be voted on by the student body. December 2nd – December 7th.

3. We Make It Happen

We will implement the winning project during the Spring Semester. December 8th.

Important Dates

More information about your proposal

SUBMISSIONS NOW! OCT 6 - NOV 2
NOT YET: VOTING DEC 2 - 7
PROJECT NOT YET: DEC 8

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Crafting your proposal

We want to hear your ideas; how we can better the campus community one project at a time.

When submitting your proposal, please remember to keep feasibility into account. Remember, this is a 5K challenge. Here are some ways that the $5000 can be used:

  • One-and-Done
  • Think of something that costs up to $5000 and we’ll buy it. Ex: hanging a $5000 disco ball in Wilson Commons.
  • Start Something New
  • Use $5000 to start an annual service. Ex: an annual disco party in Wilson Commons. Disclaimer: We’ll reevaluate the service each and every year, so make sure the idea is sustainable!

Editing your proposal

These are some things to keep in mind while writing your submission. Submissions that fail to address the following criteria will be disqualified from the competition.

  • Does it benefit the whole campus community?
  • Does it improve the student experience?
  • Does it fit a need on campus?
  • Is it feasible within the given budget?
  • Is it inclusive? (Can a lot of students use it?)

Voting for the winner

Voting will take place from Dec 2nd to Dec 7th, and the winning proposal will be announced on December 7th. If you submit the winning proposal, you will be recognized at the State of the SA event as a recipient of the SA Campus Initiative of the Year Award. Please refer to sa.rochester.edu/sa/5k for voting information in the coming weeks.

Submit your proposal here! The top proposals will be voted on, and we’ll make the winning one a reality!


$5k Challenge Proposal Submission Form

Name (required)

Email (required)

Class Year (required)


Project Details:

What would you like to call your proposal? (For example: Lockers in Library) (required)

Describe the project or idea you have in mind. Please explain your idea in as much detail as possible. (required)

What current issue on campus does your proposal address address? How will it better the campus community? (required)

What resources are necessary to implement this idea? Does it fit into the $5000 budget? (required)

If you have an image or drawing supporting your idea, upload it here:


You will be sent a confirmation email when your submission is received. If you do not receive this email, contact us at president@sa.rochester.edu.