Students receive emergency funds to help rebuild their lives


Several dozen Del Mar students have been awarded aid from the Harvey Student Assistance Fund from the Del Mar Foundation to rebuild after the Category 4 storm.

So far, 61 students have been awarded grants from the fund for a total of $25,650.

A large donation was giving to the Foundation by the Coastal Bend Community Foundation through the estate of Olga Doan.

According to Mary McQueen, executive director of Development, the Foundation office processes about 15 to 20 applications per week.

“If you are a current Del Mar College student trying to rebuild your life and need assistance dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, you can apply for up to $500 in hurricane relief funds,” McQueen said.

There is no deadline to apply for the funds. However, it is essential that the money be used for that purpose.

“If the money is not used, we will be contacting the donors and asking them how they want us to use those funds like any remainder could be applied toward the general scholarship fund,” said Karen Silva, development officer with the Del Mar College Foundation.

The foundation has expended all available funds for faculty and staff assistance. They will continue to take applications, but the foundation does not have the funds to provide grants for faculty and staff.

Students can continue to apply for the Harvey Student Assistance Fund. Students can look at the guidelines, the application and instructions on

“We want to encourage everyone in need to apply. We know the storm has impacted each person differently, and we want everyone to know that these funds are there for them,” Silva said.

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