In 2017, Dr. Corr and The District Governing Board launched the inaugural Innovation Fund to support the development of AWC initiatives aligned with Strategic Planning. This year, $100,000 in funds are available for one-time projects beginning in Spring 2020 that support Strategic Planning efforts, specifically projects that enhance the AWC Student Experience. This limited time funding is designed to encourage innovative thinking outside the parameters of the annual fiscal year budget.

AWC Faculty, Staff, & Students are encouraged to develop project proposals in the Topic Area below for implementation in the Spring 2020 semester.

Arizona Western College commits to delivering an amazing student experience characterized by:

  • A connected community within which students are encouraged, challenged and feel they belong.
  • Programs developed and aligned with employment opportunities.
  • A clear path to success and completion.
  • Flexible, accessible services and learning approaches.
  • Contemporary technology that supports and enhances the AWC experience.

Dr. Corr and members of the Innovation Screening Committee, along with select students, will review proposals and Innovation Fund Awards will be announced Wed., Dec. 4th. Funds will be available Jan 2020.

Submitting a Proposal

  1. Project Cover Sheet
  2. Project Description
    A maximum 500-word description of the project. Please include:
    1. Selected Topic Area
    2. purpose of the project
    3. benefit to students
    4. amount requested
    5. names/titles of those involved
    6. how project success will be measured
  3. Elevator Pitch Video - A 2-4 minute video explaining your project and its potential impact. Be as creative as you like.
Email Proposals & Videos by November 4th, 2019 to

Note: Successful project proposals will be student-centered, collaborative, and innovative.


Innovation Fund Awards

Innovation Fund Awards 2020

Congratulations to the projects awarded funding!

Innovation Fund Awards 2019

Congratulations to the 12 projects awarded funding during the Strategic Planning Innovation Fund selection process!

Innovation Fund Awards 2018

Congratulations to the projects awarded funding during the inaugural Strategic Planning Innovation Fund selection process!

For more details about the steps or to see project descriptions view the PowerPoint.