With a recent donation of $100,000 into the Hurricane Harvey Student Emergency Assistance Fund, more students will be able to get back to life as normal.
The Coastal Bend Community Foundation contributed the funds so students can use them to pay for temporary housing, medication, replacement of personal belongings or books and other academic expenses.
According to Karen Silva, development officer with the Del Mar College Foundation, the donation will allow the foundation to help more students and increase the awards that the foundation planned to give out. The more people who can donate, the more the foundation can help students, faculty and staff.
“Our mission is to keep students in school,” Silva, said.
Faculty and staff are not eligible for the $100,000 because they have a separate fund. Anyone at Del Mar college can apply for these funds. The application is at www.delmar.edu/foundation/ and must be delivered to foundation office, at the Center for Economic Development, with proof of enrollment and supporting documentation.
Applicants may be required to meet with a staff member to discuss their application. Unlike emergency loans, the Emergency Assistance Fund does not have to be repaid.
To contribute to the Hurricane Harvey Emergency Assistance fund, go to delmar.edu/foundation then click on the “Giving” link to donate. Students, faculty and staff can apply for these funds year-round.
“We will continue to help students and faculty until the need will stop,” Silva, said.

Brittany Claramunt

Brittany Claramunt is a reporter for the Del Mar College Foghorn. She joined the staff in Spring 2016 as a first year college student. Brittany majors in Radio and Television and hopes to one day become an aspiring television news anchor. You can contact Brittany via e-mail at bclaramunt@foghornnews.com or follow her on Twitter @BrittClaramunt.

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