DMC Foundation’s Student Emergency Aid Fund gets $50,000 boost from John & Augusta Doan Charitable Advised Fund
Grant received from Coastal Bend Community Foundation to support students just one emergency away from financial crisis and dropping out of school
Article by Melinda Eddleman
As if dealing with life on a regular basis weren’t enough, the COVID-19 pandemic and then the winter storm last month have meant additional stresses for Del Mar College (DMC) students juggling courses, work or unemployment and even family. Many live paycheck to paycheck, and additional funds can make the difference between staying in school or dropping out should an unanticipated emergency occur.
A $50,000 grant received from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation (CBCF) from the John & Augusta Doan Charitable Advised Fund is giving a boost to the DMC Foundation’s Student Emergency Aid Fund to immediately help students in financial crisis.
As the pandemic made its way into our community and the economy shut down, many students suddenly lost their jobs, were underemployed and faced increased expenses related to childcare, medical bills and food and housing insecurities; and, the winter storm that hit the Coastal Bend last month made circumstances even harder for some students. We’re very appreciative of the Coastal Bend Community Foundation’s support of our students through this grant at a time when they need emergency assistance the most.
The DMC Foundation launched the Student Emergency Aid Fund in spring 2020 in response to the pandemic with initial funding from a $65,000 Doan grant awarded by the CBCF. DMC assistance provides students in crises with immediate funding during an emergency so they stay on track to complete their studies.
Initial grant funding has assisted 131 DMC students who suddenly faced a financial crisis that jeopardized their studies.
Del Mar College is committed to our students’ success and takes a holistic approach to ensure they have funding, tools, support and resources needed to reach that success. Our goal is to ensure that students facing unexpected financial emergencies can get immediate financial assistance in a way that loans and scholarships cannot provide. The Doan grant awarded by the Coastal Bend Community Foundation will enable students to stay in school, remain focused on their studies and stay on their path toward graduation so that, ultimately, they become contributing members of the Coastal Bend community.
About the Coastal Bend Community Foundation:
The Coastal Bend Community Foundation was incorporated in 1981 with the mission of improving the quality of life in the seven counties of the Coastal Bend. The Foundation serves donors by providing a vehicle for the establishment of various types of charitable funds designed to fulfill their wishes. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over $138 million from donor contributions and revenues to scholarships to students and grants to nonprofit organizations. Visit the CBCF website at www.cbcfoundation.org/.
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Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.