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The South Dakota State University Foundation is continuing our partnership with the Division of Student Affairs to help offset some of the difficulties student face while attending South Dakota State University. The Student Impact Fund was created to help support students who have had unexpected or emergency expenses. These types of situations have involved anything from medical bills, food, the cost of a car repair, and unexpected travel costs, including the unexpectedness of campus closing during the spring of 2020.
During the spring of 2020, thanks to our Jackrabbit family, we were able to help students facing decreases in income, effects of parents losing their jobs, or those who experienced a reduction in work hours. Many of these students received a $500 Student Emergency Grant through our Student Impact Fund that helped them cover things like rent and their living expenses. We are so grateful for the kind-hearted Jackrabbit community that came together last year to help our students who were in need.
The COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic difficulties brought to light the need for a dedicated fund to help students in difficult financial situations. Students have always had unexpected and emergency situations that are not covered by financial aid. The COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic difficulties helped us realize that we needed a dedicated fund to help students in difficult financial situations. Being able to provide funding for students with unexpected financial challenges has helped eliminate real roadblocks for our students as they work toward their degrees. When a student is facing a financial crisis, it can be difficult to focus on school and many have had to consider dropping or stopping school. The Student Impact Fund provides an immediate reduction in a student’s stress level that allows the student to refocus on school to achieve their educational goals, keeping students enrolled and focused on their studies.