New COVID Relief Grant Will Help Students Affected by Pandemic

March 12, 2021 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Elmhurst University recognizes that in the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a financial, emotional and academic toll on many students and their families. For example, a parent may have lost a job or experienced a cut in hours; or a student’s grades may have suffered during remote learning, or due to pandemic-related stress.

To support students who have struggled as a result of the pandemic, Elmhurst University has created the COVID Relief Grant. The COVID Relief Grant is a renewable scholarship of up to $1,000 that can be awarded to students who indicate that they have been negatively affected by COVID-19. The grant is stackable, meaning that it will be given in addition to any financial aid a student already may have been awarded.

“We understand that the pandemic has caused some real challenges for many of our incoming students and their families,” said Vice President for Admission Timothy Ricordati. “We hope this grant will give those students some added reassurance, and free them up to focus optimistically on their future.”

All incoming first-year and transfer students for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 terms are eligible for the grant. Students can indicate on their admission application that they have been negatively affected by COVID-19, and then identify whether the impact has been academic, financial, health-related or other. Applications will be reviewed weekly. First-year and transfer students who already have been admitted for Fall 2021 also will be notified about this opportunity.

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