Candler has announced the creation of a new fund to provide assistance for students who have experienced financial hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as housing and food insecurity. The Candler Forward Emergency Fund is available to master’s-level degree-seeking Candler students who have continued financial need after exhausting other available resources. Students can apply to receive funds here.

The fund is made possible through the generosity of donors. Click here to add your support.

In order to be eligible, students must have pursued all other available financial resources at their disposal—including federal student loans, the EmoryTogether Fund, and Emory’s Student Hardship Fund. Some students will also receive private financial and academic consultation in addition to financial support.

Like the EmoryTogether Fund, which was established by the university as the pandemic grew last spring, the typical award from the Candler Forward Emergency Fund is between $50 and $500. Students may apply to receive aid once per semester. The funds go directly into the recipient’s bank account, and do not go toward any outstanding debt owed to Candler or Emory.

“We know that many of our students are experiencing financial difficulties because of COVID-19, all while working toward their degree and balancing other professional and personal roles,” says Dean Jan Love. “We hope that the Candler Forward Emergency Fund can be one additional safety net to help them get through this challenging period and come out stronger on the other side.

“Though we are so often physically separated from one another in these days, actions like this show how Candler continues to be a community of support and care for its members.”