’Berg lands grant for emergency aid

Heidelberg University is to receive a $115,000 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to create and maintain a student emergency aid program.

Emergency grants are to be integrated into Heidelberg’s overall student success strategy with the goal of improving retention and graduation rates.

“If a student is already struggling to make ends meet, an unexpected car repair or medical bill might cause that student to withdraw from college,” Paul Sittason Stark, director of religious life and civic engagement, said in a Heidelberg release. “Receiving the Heidelberg Student Emergency Dash grant gives Heidelberg the resources to provide modest emergency funds to our students in times of greatest need.”

The Student Affairs office is to administer the grant.

The grant is designed to assist low-income students whose expected family contribution is $7,000 or less, as calculated annually by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid program.

Great Lakes is to award $7.2 million in grants to 32 colleges and university in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.