The Student Hardship Fund (SHF) was formed in 2011 to support Emory students facing unexpected financial hardship. The fund aids both undergraduates and graduates at Emory University across all nine schools on the Atlanta and Oxford campuses. By providing financial assistance to support students during catastrophic events, such as a death in the family, unexpected job loss, uninsured medical expenses, and eviction, the Student Hardship Fund allows Emory students to continue their education despite the obstacles they are facing. We hope to offer support to students who often do not have any other avenue to turn to because we know the power of community and the importance of lending a helping hand.
In the spring of 2020, we helped support students who were forced to move out of campus housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, alongside the Emory Together Fund, we have continued to support students who have been affected by COVID and the subsequent downturn of the economy. In the Fall of 2020, our financial assistance prevented numerous students from being evicted and supported students struggling with food insecurity. We awarded an average of $780 this semester which is a significant increase from our 2019-2020 average of $530.
We are raising money to help undergraduates and graduates in their academic and professional pursuits, illustrating that financial hardships do not have to be a barrier to receiving the education that our students deserve. All gifts to the campaign will allow the Student Hardship Fund to provide necessary financial assistance to students struggling with various life events. In the Fall 2020 semester alone, we awarded over $27,000 to students in need, and we anticipate a greater need this upcoming spring. By making a gift to this campaign you are helping one more student make it to the finish line and obtain their degree. We need your help to be able to continue to fulfill this critical need in the student body, as well as ensure the future existence of this fund. We thank you in advance for making a gift today and for making a difference in the lives of our future leaders!