You may know that the Tunxis Foundation (TCCF) has awarded a lot of money in scholarships for tuition and fees over the years – in fact, over $370,000 since 2010. But, did you know that it also helps students struggling to pay for basic needs? The Student Emergency Fund provides a helping hand to students who find themselves in challenging situations. These may be veterans returning from combat, parents of a special needs child or students who have lost jobs.
Here’s a look at some of the ways the Emergency Fund supported students in 2015:
- A Windows tablet was provided to a student who could not afford one and who needed it to take his online courses.
- An overdue utility bill was paid on behalf of a student working two part-time jobs and taking care of her disabled mother.
- The tuition for a phlebotomy course was paid for a recently laid-off single mother.
These relatively small disbursements generate big time rewards and ensure that students continue their studies and keep progressing toward their dream of a better life for themselves and their families.
So now you know.