March 27, 2018

VNSC Emergency Fund aiding UW-Superior students

The UW-Superior VNSC Emergency Fund was created to provide financial assistance to currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at UW-Superior involved in a catastrophic or emergency situation.

The UW-Superior VNSC Emergency Fund was created to provide financial assistance to currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at UW-Superior involved in a catastrophic or emergency situation.

Fund was created to provide assistance to current students involved in a catastrophic or emergency situation

For a student, every moment is valuable. Navigating a day filled with classes, labs and study groups – while also trying to deal with the daily demands of life – can provide a great deal of stress and worry. When those feelings are accentuated due to financial demands, the problem can worsen. Fortunately, a new fund at UW-Superior is helping to provide relief.

“An alumni reached out to me to talk about giving some funding back,” said Monte Stewart, Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center Coordinator. “Brad Hammond was a frequent visitor of the VNSC – always utilized our space and services. He wanted to give back and be able to help students with funding that he could provide, and he wanted to do it on an annual basis.”

The UW-Superior VNSC Emergency Fund was created to provide financial assistance to currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at UW-Superior involved in a catastrophic or emergency situation involving circumstances which are sudden, unexpected, or affect a student’s ability to be academically successful. Examples include, but are not limited to, an accident, illness, travel for a funeral, fire damage, or need for temporary housing. Grants are awarded up to a maximum of $250.

“We opened the fund on January 1,” said Stewart. “We were able to disperse for one student for the spring semester that wouldn’t have been able to be in classes this semester had it not been for this fund.”

Typical expenses that may be covered include books and other class-related expenses arising out of an emergency situation, travel costs related to a sudden death or illness in the immediate family, medications, prescriptions or costs related to medical care, safety related needs, or replacement of personal belongings due to fire, natural disaster or theft. Applicants must have a temporary financial hardship resulting from a sudden emergency, accident, or event and must be able to provide sufficient documentation of the event financial hardship. All other possible resources must have been considered and are deemed to be insufficient, exhausted, or not available in a timely manner.

“I want to hopefully grow this fund and be able to give out more money in future years,” said Stewart. “The proceeds from this fall’s Running for Our Heroes 5K Run/Walk will go into this emergency fund. It fits what the Douglas County Soldiers and Sailors Relief Fund also does.”

The VNSC Emergency Fund Application form is available in the VNSC Office located in Old Main Room 118. For additional information about the VNSC Emergency Fund or to donate, contact Monte Stewart.

“It’s a great way to really help out our students in need,” said Stewart. “Certain circumstances happen – you get injured, you’re out of work for a little bit, you’re not able to afford tuition or books because of an emergency. I think this is a really helpful way to provide for these students.

The UW-Superior VNSC Emergency Fund was created to provide financial assistance to currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at UW-Superior involved in a catastrophic or emergency situation.

The UW-Superior VNSC Emergency Fund was created to provide financial assistance to currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at UW-Superior involved in a catastrophic or emergency situation.

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