The ECMC Foundation in Los Angeles has announced emergency aid grants totaling $1.5 million in support of postsecondary students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The foundation awarded grants of $500,000 to Believe in Students, which will use the funds to provide cash assistance to seven hundred and fifty students as well as emergency aid services for up to an additional hundred and forty thousand students through its app-based Edquity program, and the Mission Asset Fund, which will provide cash grants of $500 through the newly launched California College Student Emergency Support Fund to a thousand students, including foster youth, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and Pell-eligible students.
In addition, the foundation awarded grants of $250,000 to the University Innovation Alliance — a collaborative of eleven public research universities — to meet emergency technology needs for at least five hundred students, and to ECMC Foundation affiliate ECMC, a nonprofit focused on helping minority-serving institutions improve student success and institutional outcomes, to provide up to $500 in emergency aid to at least five hundred students.
"Many students are severely impacted by sudden and dramatic changes due to COVID-19, such as losing the stable housing they once had on campus and being temporarily or permanently displaced from work. For students who are also caring for children or dependents, the impact is even more severe," said ECMC Foundation president Peter Taylor. "At ECMC Foundation, we felt philanthropy had a deep and moral obligation to step in, respond, and help. We understand, by no means, that this will solve the unprecedented challenges students are facing, but it is a means to mitigate the crisis."
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