SPIN: Summer Funding

Summer Funding with SPIN

SPIN was created to provide Temple students with summer funding for unpaid internships during the summer. SPIN provides summer funding by providing matching funds for students eligible for the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Work-Study Program and by awarding scholarships to outstanding members.

Federal Work-Study Program

SPIN members can obtain up to $4,000 per summer through the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Work-Study Program. To receive a work-study grant, students must apply to the Law School and provide a $1,000 "Matching Fund." The Matching Fund must be provided by the student's employer, state, or law school. SPIN contributes to this fund but does not control its use. This year the administration has challenged SPIN to raise $5,000 for work-study. The remaining funds will be distributed as SPIN Honors Awards.

SPIN Honors Award

Additionally, SPIN members who fulfill the volunteering and solicitation requirements can apply for a SPIN Honors Award. This award recognizes students for exceptional contributions to SPIN and public interest, and is reviewed and awarded separately from work study. SPIN anticipates awarding at least 8 $1,000 Honors Awards to outstanding members this year.

To receive an Honors Award, students must complete at least the SPIN Member Requirements and write an essay. The Board will consider the quantity and quality of community service. In other words, Honors Awards will not necessarily be given to the students with the most “points.” A committee of student leaders and faculty will review the applications using a set rubric. See the SPIN FAQ for more information

SPIN Member Requirements: 15+1

The SPIN requirements include volunteer work both for SPIN as an organization, and for the Temple and Philadelphia communities. Students must obtain the following Points through volunteering and solicitation for the SPIN Auction to be eligible for a SPIN Honors Award.

  • 15: Students must obtain at least 15 Points to qualify for Matching Funds. 5 of those 15 points must be earned by participation in community service work. The remainder of the 15 points may be earned by volunteering for either SPIN activities on-campus or Community Service/Pro Bono opportunities. Points are listed on emails for each volunteering opportunity, and on the Community Service page.
  • 1: Students must participate in at least one solicitation activity for the annual SPIN Auction, such as a phone bank or "Street Team," and must bring in auction items totaling a certain value. There are two ways to reach this total value:
    • Option A: Obtain auction items totaling $750 or over (fair market value)
    • Option B: Obtain auction items totaling $300 or over (fair market value) and complete 5 hours of solicitations (students may solicit in groups of up to 3, pooling their item totals)

Community Service/Pro Bono opportunities are generally 1 pt. / 2 hrs. of individual service, and must be UNPAID and NOT FOR CREDIT. On your summer funding application, you are required to provide a thorough description and contact information for this volunteer work. Pre-approval by the SPIN board is not required.

See the SPIN FAQ and the SPIN Solicitations Training FAQ for more information on this year's requirements. Contact Temple Financial Aid with questions regarding work study eligibility.

Solicitation Information

Members will need the following packets to solicit auction item donations and log their progress:
SPIN Donor Solicitation Packet
SPIN Student Solicitation Packet
SPIN Solicitations Log
SPIN Solicitation Training Session FAQ