Grant to help students with emergency needs

By on December 14, 2019

Cal State University San Bernardino’s Palm Desert campus has received a $50,000 grant from a private entity that gives money to higher education.

The donation from The Auen Foundation allows students to pay for emergencies, including books and class materials, short-term transportation needs, household basics and childcare, according to statement.

Students are allotted up to $1,500 per calendar year, with each allotment decided based on a student’s need. The “gap funding” is meant to pay to fix a short-term problem that otherwise interfere with a student’s success.

“The Auen Foundation believes in the importance of higher education in our community, and we have been supporting Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert campus and its students since we moved here,” said Catharine Reed, senior program officer of the Auen Foundation, in the statement. “Secondary education is becoming increasingly critical for job security, and we want to support those students who are making a commitment to achieve that goal.”

The Palm Desert campus has more than 1,400 students and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a doctorate in educational leadership, and teaching credentials and certificates, according to the statement.