Emergency Scholarship Fund

This scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are facing an unplanned and life-altering situation or hardship at no fault of their own.

The Emergency Scholarship Fund is intended to provide assistance to students who are confronted with an unforeseen personal crisis that has caused them to become unable to meet their college financial obligations.


1. What are the criteria being used for awarding these scholarships?

All students applying for this emergency scholarship must meet the following general eligibility criteria:

  • Students must be currently enrolled full-time
  • Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher (for current students, this does not apply to incoming freshmen who have no GPA)
  • Students can apply by going to the Office of Student Financial Aid where a specialized application is available.

Students seeking funds from the Emergency Scholarship Fund must fall into one of the following categories and must provide the following supporting documentation before awards can be granted:

  • Death of a Legal Guardian - The applicant must provide proof of the demise by submitting a copy of the death certificate, obituary or a note from the hospital or undertaker.
  • Natural Disaster - The applicant must provide a utility bill or report from insurance company.
  • Fire - The applicant must provide the police/firehouse report and/or insurance report.
  • Other emergency situations which meet the Emergency Scholarship Fund’s intent as stated above. Such situations would be determined on a case by case basis with supporting documentation.

2. What is the money used for?

Scholarship funds are dispersed into the student’s University account. It is used for University expenses, such as tuition, room and board, books and other University expenses. We want to support students in finishing their education, despite emergency situations.

3. Is it a onetime award, or something else?

Yes, it is a onetime award unless a student had an emergency situation (as explained above) more than once.

4. Are these loans or grants?

This is a scholarship, like a grant. The money is gratuitous; the student doesn't pay it back.