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Gator Emergency Fund

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Making A Difference In The Lives of Our Students

Since March, UHD has awarded nearly $3.5 million in financial assistance to qualified students, which include private donations to the Gator Emergency Fund and federal assistance from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds as authorized by the CARES Act. 

This funding complements several University initiatives aimed at supporting students during the COVID-19 pandemic with technology support, virtual career coaching, online academic support opportunities, calling campaigns, emotional support services and more. 

What is the Gator Emergency Fund?

The  Gator Emergency Fund is specifically for students who don't qualify for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds. This also includes part-time students who comprise almost half of the UHD student population and those who have exceeded their federal Pell Grant eligibility.

Intended as short-term relief, the Fund assists students who need additional help with everyday expenses — housing, utilities, minor medical expenses, food and other bills that might otherwise force them to drop out of school. 

Current UHD students can qualify for one-time grants up to $500 from the Gator Emergency Fund to take care of emergency needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We're In This Together!

The Gator Emergency Fund is supported by private donations from alumni, faculty, staff, friends and corporate and foundation partners. More than 330 students have received over $180,000 from generous donors seeking to help students impacted by the pandemic.

Meet a few of the many students who are grateful to our donors:

UHD Student Government Association President-elect Alan Modrow

Student Karen Palma and Helen Ekoh Ibe Can Contine Their Academic Journeys

With your gift to the Gator Emergency Fund, we're able to ensure UHD students are supported during the pandemic and can continue their academic journey.


Last updated 10/27/2020 8:59 AM