Students who leave Seattle University before they graduate often cite financial reasons for not completing their studies. For many students, a small grant can mean the difference between leaving or graduating.
Through the generosity of donors, the Office of Multicultural Affairs is able to make available retention-focused emergency grants for students. These one-time grants, which students do not have to repay, have a tangible impact on students' capacity to be successful at Seattle University.
When students come in to meet with OMA staff, we engage in a holistic conversation about their financial situation, as well as other things that might be impacting their academic progress (including bigger picture things like campus climate, relationships with peers and faculty, etc.).
Awards have ranged in size from $250 to $1,500, depending on student needs. Most common needs relate to costs for textbooks and rent. Students have also received grants to assist with childcare expenses, medical emergencies, and transportation costs.