Emergency Funds Grant
For Native American college students, the dream of higher education can be shattered by financial crises that might seem small to more fortunate Americans.
We partner with more than a dozen colleges to help students stay in school despite financial emergencies.
The Emergency Funds Grant service provides modest grants to selected* colleges, universities, and technical schools in the Plains and Southwest states. These institutions can then provide assistance to students when unexpected expenses threaten their ability to stay in school. (See below for priority states.)
Small Grants, Big Results
Public and tribal institutions may apply for the competitive grants for up to three years. Currently, 15 partner schools receive annual grants of $4,000, which they can distribute to full-time students. Recipients must volunteer three hours in the school or community as compensation for the awards. In 2005 and 2006, 98% of students who received the emergency funds were able to complete the semester.
Public and tribal institutions can apply to participate in the the Emergency Funds service.
We recognize that acute financial need can arise from many sources such as illness or injury, loss of a part-time job, or the need to pay for vehicle repairs, utility hook-ups, or books and lab fees. Because these funds are distributed through each school’s Native student center, recipients can also find mentoring, counseling, and other support.
The Emergency Funds Grant service has helped many students such as this, because a small financial boost can be all it takes to help a Native American student succeed in college.
Here are some Success Stories from the Emergency Funds service.