The University of Hawaii System

04/08/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/07/2020 20:01

More than $200K awarded as students’ needs grow

A week after access to a fund for University of Hawaiʻistudents experiencing urgent financial distress was opened, more than $200,000 has been awarded to more than 500 students. Work is continuing on all 10 campuses to process additional funding relief to even more students as the needs continue to rise.

'A big mahalo to the companies and individuals who have already stepped forward to begin to address the urgent needs of our University of Hawaiʻistudents across the state,' said President David Lassner. 'We invite the community to help us to help our students with necessities such as food and shelter in these turbulent times, as they also strive to complete their studies.'

Applications to the Urgent Student Relief Fund are due each Wednesday by 4 p.m. with notification by the following week.The Urgent Student Relief Fund is not a replacement for financial aid. Examples of unexpected financial hardships considered include (but are not limited to):

  • costs encountered due to an unanticipated situation or emergency
  • loss of employment or housing
  • family emergencies
  • natural disasters or pandemic
  • food insecurity
  • medical/dental expenses
  • changes to childcare or transportation needs

Applications and criteria can be found online. Please contact your campus directly with any questions.

Donations to support the urgent needs of our students can be made to the Foundation.