Emergency grants reduce barriers to education

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Dental Assistant student Jianhua He was about to start his internship, but he couldn’t afford to have his own dental work done. As a full-time student, Jianhua’s budget was tight. The Foundation provided an emergency grant so Jianhua could get the long-overdue care he needed at the community dental clinic on campus and start his internship with a great smile.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Foundation provided 185 emergency grants totaling $33,000. Emergency mini grants help keep students on track with their education and training even when their personal budgets are not enough or life’s unexpected expenses threatened to derail their schooling.

When health issues and unexpectedly losing her housing forced her to move farther from school, automotive student Stacey Halstead turned to the Foundation and received a gas card.

“Without this transportation support, it would have been impossible for me to commute back and forth to attend school.” – Stacey Halstead

Photo of RTC student Jianhua He.

Jianhua He shows off his new smile.

Photo of RTC student Stacey Halstead.

Automotive student Stacey Halstead got the transportation support she needed.