In 2010, W. David and Susan Gamble Ellis endowed the Ellis Family Emergency Aid Fund in the College. This fund is available during an emergency to help students who are experiencing financial hardship, especially hardship related to academics. For example, it can be used to cover psycho-educational assessment for a suspected learning disability, textbooks or other course materials that are not adequately covered by financial aid, or computer repair or replacement costs not covered by insurance.

Needs that are not directly academic but that affect a student’s academics or general wellbeing can also be considered (e.g., short-term needs related to food or shelter; unexpected travel expenses related to a family emergency).

Students, or those concerned about students, having financial hardship related to these or other emergency needs should always consult the Student Financial Aid Office before contacting the Office of Academic Advising.