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Student Emergency Fund


From time to time, students may face unforeseen financial hardships and difficult life events that affect their ability to complete their studies and access their education. The Student Emergency Fund, supported entirely by donors, provides practical assistance in situations when a little extra help will go a long way.

This academic year, 245 students have used the Poet Pantry, and a total of 12,519 items from the pantry have been used. 64 students have been supported with emergency funds, technical assistance, transportation, and food assistance this year alone. In addition to supporting students experiencing financial hardship and food insecurity, the fund now also supports:

  • Emergency Mental Health Support
  • Emergency Medical Expense Relief
  • Emergency Housing
  • Technology Rental Assistance
  • Case Management Services
  • Public Transportation Support (partnership with L.A. Metro and Metrolink)
  • Transportation Assistance
  • and other emergent cases that prevent a student from accessing their education!


Turn the map Poet purple for the Student Emergency Fund
Rank State Gifts
1 CA 31
2 MN 2
3 MA 1
$10,000 Match Challenge: Gifts from Current and Past Poet Parents
THANK YOU, POET PARENTS! Your gifts to the Big Poet Give earned $10,000 from Joe Beachboard '85 for a total of $20,000 raised for deserving Whittier College students.
$10,000 MATCHED
$5,000 Match Challenge: Gifts from Faculty and Staff
THANK YOU, FACULTY AND STAFF, FOR COMING THROUGH IN A BIG WAY. Your above and beyond participation in this year's Big Poet Give earned $5,000 from SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union for a total of $10,000 raised for Whittier College students.
$5,000 MATCHED
$2,500 Match Challenge: Emergency Book Fund
Double your donation! Tony Boston '99 and '00, in support of the College's efforts to expand access and affordability, will match gifts earmarked for the Emergency Book Fund, dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,500. The Emergency Book Fund is part of the Student Emergency Fund.
$1,968 MATCHED
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