The College’s Student Emergency Fund is one of 200
national finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist
grant program, which benefits nonprofits making a difference
in their communities.
The State Farm program awards $25,000 grants to 40 different
organizations selected by an online public vote. Voting opened
on Wednesday, Aug. 14 — and closes Friday, Aug. 23. Visit
Tri-C’s Student Emergency Fund helps students overcome
unforeseen financial challenges with the potential to derail
their studies. Students can be awarded up to $450 to help them
get through tough times.
Last year, the fund helped 125 students. One of those was
A car crash the day before Thanksgiving left Ms. McAdow with a
broken left ankle, cracked ribs, and a body full of bruises. The
violent impact left her with a pair of mangled eyeglasses — no
small issue given her course load at Tri-C.
Money from the Student Emergency Fund covered the cost of
new glasses plus a few other bills for Ms. McAdow, who lives in
North Ridgeville with her husband and four children. She didn’t
miss a day of school despite the injuries.
“The Student Emergency Fund made it easier for my family to push
through,” said Ms. McAdow, 44. “It helped keep me going.”
Ms. McAdow earned an Associate of Science degree from Tri-C this
summer, graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA. She plans to
transfer to the University of Akron to study dietetics
Her story reflects the reason behind the Student Emergency Fund,
said Megan O’Bryan, president of the Cuyahoga
Community College Foundation. The Foundation oversees the
“Life can throw some serious obstacles in front of students,”
O’Bryan said. “Money from the Emergency Fund could be the
difference between a student dropping classes or continuing
Examples of emergencies covered by the fund include aid
following fires or floods; child care situations; medical
issues; car repairs; food assistance; and other situations.
Tri-C students needing assistance are referred to the dean’s
office for review.
Tri-C launched the Student Emergency Fund in 2017 with grant
support through the David and Inez Myers Foundation.
A State Farm Review Committee selected the College’s Student
Emergency Fund as a finalist for the 2019 grant program. The
committee reviewed 2,000 applications to narrow the list for the
People may vote for their cause up to 10 times a day for 10 days
after submitting a qualifying email address. Winners will be
announced Sept. 25.