FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR DEPARTMENTAL HONORS
The Tomlinson Memorial Fund
The Nancy Kershaw Tomlinson Memorial Fund was established to assist with a portion of the
expenses incurred by students in carrying out their honors projects. The fund is administered by
the Subcommittee on Honors and Independent Programs. Tomlinson Fund grants in any one year
are extremely limited; the Subcommittee may be unable to honor every request for funds, and the
award will very likely not cover the full amount requested.
Please note that Tomlinson Fund grants of more than $500 per student are extremely
unusual. Unless additional funding will be available from other sources, students applying
for honors and their advisers should plan the honors project with this limitation in mind.
Additional funding for honors projects will not be available from the Dean of the College.
Whenever possible, applications for grants from the Tomlinson Fund should be submitted with
the application to enter the departmental honors program. In unusual cases an honors candidate
may apply or reapply for funds at a later date if unusual or unexpected expenses arise in the
course of the honors project. There is no guarantee that such requests can be honored.
Applications for Tomlinson grants must include:
1. A full description of the honors project.
2. A full explanation of how Tomlinson Fund funding will be used and why it is
required for the successful completion of the honors project.
3. An itemized budget for the honors project including the request for support from the
Tomlinson Fund and a listing of funding obtained or requested from other sources.
The budget should be submitted on the budget form.
4. The signature of the honors thesis adviser supporting the request and certifying that
departmental and/or grant funds and supplies have been used to the fullest extent
possible in meeting the needs of the honors project.
Applicants for Tomlinson Fund grants should keep the following in mind:
1. Requests for cash advances will not be considered.
2. Expenditures must be documented by receipts; any funds awarded that are not
covered by appropriate receipts will be added to the student’s college bill.
3. All equipment, books, and any unused supplies become the property of Smith
College and must be turned in to the Office of the Senior Class Dean no later than
4. Requests for funds to cover tuition, room or board for summer school will not be
5. Funds awarded for research supplies will normally be transferred to Central Stores or
to the various departmental stores from which the supplies may be obtained.
6. Tomlinson Fund grants are available only for honors theses projects. Special Studies
projects will not be funded.