Student Emergency Fund
The Student Emergency Fund helps students who are hit with unexpected financial hardships and may be in danger of withdrawing. This year especially, the Student Emergency fund has provided necessary financial support for students struggling with housing payments, transportation needs and emergency situations. During the 2019-20 academic year, 242 students received emergency funds, and 156 of those awards occurred during the final 8 weeks of the spring semester.
Your donation will increase this fund so we can continue to help even more students with urgent financial needs. Students tell us what a relief it is to stop worrying about finances and focus on why they’re at Boise State to begin with.
“Jenny” moved into a shelter to escape domestic violence at home. Her broken down car needed repairs so she could get to and from campus. Money from the emergency fund allowed her to move out of the shelter into a subsidized living situation, plus covered the car repair payment.
“Chris” found herself on her own financially as a result of a divorce right before she headed into her final semester at Boise State. She worked two jobs to help pay rent, utilities, and a needed car repair, but quickly realized she couldn't be successful in her classes, work 40+ hours a week, and take care of her daughter. The Student Emergency Fund helped her pay her utility and covered the cost of the car repair so she could drive safely again. She graduated in December with a criminal justice degree.
Another student said, "I am very, very thankful for this help. My car broke down at a terrible time and this fund really helped me. I hope that some day I will be able to help someone in the same way.”
Eight out of 10 students worry about being able to afford food on a monthly basis, and a study by the Idaho Policy Institute found more than 40 percent of Boise State students have experienced some form of food insecurity, or not knowing where their next meal will come from, during their time on campus.
The Food Pantry provides free nutritious meal kits (complete with recipe ingredients and instructions) and snacks to students in need. An average of 14 students per week drop in to pick up a meal or snack to get them through the week – no questions asked. Of the students who have used the food pantry, 64% live off-campus, and 71% are Idaho residents.
Your donation will help expand the pantry to include a wider selection of food so we can help more students struggling to get the food they need. Here’s what one student who has used the food pantry had to say:
“I’ve been in seven times this semester. I’m a mom with three teen boys who eat a lot and this resource has been a significant help. Please know that I’m grateful to all who participate in making this possible.”
“The food pantry is like a scholarship I choose to accept. Every time I go in there, it allows me to stay in my monthly budget so that I can continue education and not have to choose between food and providing for my family. Someday I will be able to reverse that role and return the favor to my community.”
Boise State is working to address an increasing number of student behavioral health issues. In Fall 2017, 64% of students reported overwhelming feelings of anxiety. 10% of students reported seriously considering suicide. Additionally, Idaho is consistently ranked among the states with the highest suicide rates. In 2015, Idaho had the 6th highest suicide rate. Other neighboring states in the top 10 include Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, and Oregon. Boise State University is now 40% out of state students, the majority of which are coming from these states that are also struggling with addressing mental health challenges.
Gifts to this fund will help enhance our efforts to address these challenges. Your support will help fund things like supporting suicide prevention training and awareness, create an after-hours counseling call service, provide financial assistance for students seeking mental health care who otherwise could not afford it, and support a counselor fellowship training program.
Student Employability Fund
The Student Employability Fund provides scholarships for students to participate in hands-on learning outside the classroom, such as internships and Work U. Unpaid experiences (approximately 65% of all placements) are highly valuable and often life-changing for students. Yet many students have to work to support themselves and can’t afford to take time off to participate in unpaid experiences even though they are relevant to their career goals.
Experiential learning has had a profound impact on the personal and professional lives of Boise State students. Career Services is dedicated to providing access to all students and has committed to contributing 10% of event registration proceeds to the Student Employability Fund. Your generous donation will impact even more students who need this valuable experience.