Eastern Washington University is sending financial aid counselors and outreach teams to Wenatchee to help students affected by the Sleepy Hollow fire.
Those affected by the wildfire, which destroyed more than two dozen homes and forced numerous evacuations, could be eligible for the university’s hardship grants. About 140 EWU students are from the Wenatchee area, including 18 incoming freshman and 22 transfer students, according to the university.
“Our intent is to minimize the devastating effects that our students are facing so that their success in college continues with as little interruption as possible,” EWU President Mary Cullinan said.
The EWU Student Hardship Fund was created last year following the devastating Carleton Complex Fires and is designed to help students and their families cope with unexpected setbacks in an effort to help keep college careers on track. The grant amounts can vary depending on circumstances and are funded by contributions to the EWU Foundation.
Hardship grants also are available throughout the year to EWU students dealing with other setbacks as well. Information is available through the university's financial aid office at (509) 359-2314 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations to the hardship fund can be made through the EWU Foundation at ewu.edu/hardshipfund.