An annual call for Fitch fund applications is distributed each fall. However, funding is still available on a monthly basis from The William Fitch Scholarship Fund. When submitting an application, units simply note that they are requesting Fitch Funds in the Budget section.
The William Fitch Scholarship Fund was created with the specific goal of bringing to Madison experts, especially businesspeople, to give lectures on the American free-enterprise system. The Lectures Committee has issued a special call for applications that specifically addresses this topic. While many of the same University Lectures regulations apply to this call, use of these funds is not charged against a sponsoring unit’s credit for the use of regular Lectures Committee funds. In other words, whereas the committee normally supports at most one lecture per semester for any one unit, if the lecture topic meets the Fitch Fund’s requisite criteria, the unit remains eligible to receive support for another lecture taking place during the same semester. The funding limitations normally associated with Lectures applications also do not apply to this call; the selection committee will consider all reasonable lecture-related funding to bring business experts to campus to discuss the free-enterprise system.
The University Lecture Committee is currently accepting applications for use of Fitch Funds through January 31, 2018. When submitting an application, units simply note that they are requesting Fitch Funds in the Budget section.