With only a moment’s notice, colleges around the country have hunkered down with aims to deliver instruction and provide services in materially different ways. While the transition to a remote learning environment has gone better at Hiram than at many other schools, thanks to Tech and Trek™, the needs that some of our current students are expressing are acute. Approximately 40% of our students are eligible for the Federal PELL Grant—aid that is awarded to students with very modest financial means. These students and other current and prospective students need some help.
The new Student Resource Fund helps current students weather this crisis. It also helps college officials reach out and stay connected to prospective students—none of whom can personally meet with faculty, sit in on a face-to-face class, visit the campus, or engage in events that are critical to new student recruitment.
The Student Resource Fund addresses the needs of current and prospective students, such as:
- Food Insecurity due to their own and their family’s reduced work hours;
- Travel resources that allow them to move back to their families;
- Resources to store belonging at or near Hiram so that they do not need to haul them back on short notice;
- Ability to pay last installment or two of this year’s tuition;
- Ability to come up with deposits for next year;
- Health supplies; and
- Prospective students—Ability to learn more about Hiram via remote programs, communication efforts, etc. that will allow them to discern if Hiram is the best choice for them.