Dear Students,

We are writing to express our deep concern for the safety and well-being of Empire State College students adversely affected by the hurricane that assaulted the East Coast on Oct. 29. This includes those studying at the Metropolitan Center and its Brooklyn and Staten Island locations, our students living on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley, and our Center for Distance Learning, Nursing Program and School for Graduate Studies students residing in the greater New York City area. There are thousands of you who are members of our college community and many, many hundreds of you who are dealing with the devastating effects of the extraordinary storm.

We want to offer you a helping hand to restart your plans to earn a college degree.

A $50,000 fund has been establish through generous pledges from the Empire State College Foundation and the Student Activity Fee Committee to help those students suffering negative impacts from the storm who are attempting to continue and complete their studies. Students eligible for the grants from this program will be recommended by the dean of the center where they are studying. Further information and an application form are available on this website.

On behalf of all the members of the faculty and staff of the college, and the members of the college’s Foundation Board, its College Council and Student Alumni Federation Board, please know that we are deeply concerned about you, your safety and the challenges you are facing and will do all that we can to support you academically and help you through this difficult time.

Most sincerely,

Meg Benke, Acting President
Ann Turner, President of the Empire State College Foundation Board
James Lytle, Chairman of the College Council
Hector Soto, '08, Chair of the Student Activity Fee Committee