November 15, 2012

Hurricane Assistance Website Available

Empire State College has launched a hurricane assistance website at with information about applying for the college Emergency Educational Grant and other resources.

The SUNY Empire State College Foundation and the college’s Student Activity Fee Committee are providing a total of $50,000 dollars for a new grant program to assist students who wish to continue their education as they manage the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Grants of up to $500 per student can be applied to replace study materials, computers, tablets, books and other losses and to needs directly related to students in the affected areas being able to continue their studies.

“Even though many of our students have been without the basic necessities of heat, light, power and some have even lost their homes, they still want to stay in school and pursue their education,” said Meg Benke, acting president of the college. “In the face of devastating losses, every little bit helps. Providing assistance focused on education not only helps students to continue their education, it relieves financial pressure in other areas of their lives. The resilience and resourcefulness demonstrated by students, faculty and staff have earned the admiration of the entire Empire State College community.”

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