The University at Buffalo has received $100,000 from the Gerstner Family Foundation and the Heckscher Foundation for Children to boost the university’s student emergency fund program. Grants such as this ensure that students experiencing unforeseen financial hardships are able to stay on track toward graduation.
The emergency funds will help offset such short-term financial needs as rent, utilities, transportation and food. Qualifying emergency situations include a death in the family, being a victim of a crime or accident, loss of property or income, or unanticipated educational expenses. What a great way to help students who could become overwhelmed by any of these things mentioned. Dealing with crisis is emotionally draining enough and then add financial stress, it could really derail a student’s studies and plans toward and following graduation.

“We are honored to receive these funds to better serve the needs of our students, these emergency funds will undoubtedly help many students see their degrees through and keep them on the path to a successful future.” - says A. Scott Weber, vice president for student life