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HCC launches emergency fund

Haywood Community College recognizes that student needs have increased due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and as a result, has launched the HCC Cares campaign. 

Through this campaign, the HCC strives to increase awareness of available support through student emergency funding. Recently, the HCC Foundation received a Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Fund for Haywood County Grant to be used as a supplement to the college’s existing Lavender Fund. The $5,000 grant will provide emergency assistance to HCC students.   

During this time, students may face challenges that would require assistance to overcome a crisis involving the need for funds for food, gas, housing, utilities or childcare. The goal of assisting students with these needs is to keep students on track to complete the semester and achieve their educational goals. 

The grant funds from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Fund for Haywood County will be combined with funds raised from individuals and other organizations to address these needs. Through the Lavender Fund, 45 students were assisted during the 2018-19 academic year. The fund provided more than $13,400 in assistance to students, 97 percent of which were able to complete their studies successfully. 

For more information about HCC Cares, visit www.haywood.edu/financial-aid/scholarships and scroll past the scholarship information.

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