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Emergency Funding for Sierra College Students

NEED: Helping students facing one-time emergencies so they can continue in school

There is much more to funding a college education than tuition. Students are faced with the high cost of books, increased fees and normal living expenses: rent, car payments, and health care, to name a few. It is not unusual for the Foundation to receive a call from a faculty or staff member about a student sleeping in his/her car in the parking lot who needs money for a rent deposit, a single mother enrolled in the nursing program who lives far away and is at risk of dropping out due to lack of gas money, or a student who has lost his job and has no way to pay for his books. The list goes on.

Today on Sierra College campuses:

  • Over 21,000 students attend Sierra College
  • Need for Financial Aid has increased 40% in the past two years
  • Tuition and book costs have increased
  • Students cannot find jobs – unemployment for young adults is at an all-time high

Providing a one time grant of up to $500 to Sierra College Students will:

  • Help keep the students in school
  • Provide students with support at a critical transition time
  • Eliminate stress so that student can concentrate on school
  • Let the students know that someone believes in them

Keeping students in school will benefit our community.

Sierra College Foundation has committed to raise $250,000 towards the Emergency Student Funding to offer grants of up to $500 to students with the highest need across all Sierra College campuses. This is a short-term campaign—the end result of which yields impressive results—providing immediate, direct, and ongoing impact to students district-wide beginning Spring 2013. 

With your gift, a student learns. Through your support, a graduate takes the next step. From your generosity, a dream is attained.

“Many of our students are under pressure financially to be able to stay in school. An Emergency Support Fund can help them through a critical time as they transition to the rigorous requirements of college life. Funds can be used for food to supplement food stamps, car repairs, temporary housing, book vouchers, etc. It can make a difference between staying in school and dropping out….” – Mandy Davies, Vice President of Student Services

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“Many of our students are under pressure financially to be able to stay in school. An Emergency Support Fund can help them through a critical time as they transition to the rigorous requirements of college life. Funds can be used for food to supplement food stamps, car repairs, temporary housing, book vouchers, etc. It can make a difference between staying in school and dropping out….”
– Mandy Davies, Vice President of Student Services

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