On March 11th, Harvard students were required to evacuate campus as the imminent threat of COVID-19 became evident to campus leaders. Unsurprisingly, first-generation, low-income (FGLI) students were hit hardest by this disruption to student life.
As an immediate response, First Generation Harvard Alumni (FGHA) in coordination with PRIMUS (Harvard's FGLI student organization) launched this campaign to provide financial support to students experiencing hardship.
Who we've been able to help.
FGHA has awarded $500 grants to 137 first-generation, low-income Harvard College students. We prioritized funding the students with the most need through a blinded, standardized process that considered pre-COVID need, post-COVID need, and equity concerns
Who we are not able to help.
We were overwhelmed by the level of student need. There are 167 students in our applicant pool that we do not have the capacity to fund. These students represent the diversity of the FGLI community at Harvard College:
- 84% receive full financial aid
- 80% are students of color
- 59% are women, 1% transgender man
- 32 states are represented
What these students are facing.
The stories of need are heartbreaking. To give you an idea of the types of issues our FGLI students and their families are facing every day while students try to complete their coursework:
- 96 students have parents who have recently lost their jobs
- 61 students are dealing with the chronic illness of a family member
- 41 students are facing food insecurity
- 16 students are facing housing insecurity
- 41 students are living in a single parent household
Here's why we do it.
The outpouring of gratitude from FGLI students has been astounding.
Please consider giving. Thank you.
Please note: This is a volunteer effort, and 100% of money raised is going directly to our FGLI students that have been impacted by COVID-19 crisis.
First Generation Harvard Alumni is a 501c3 non-profit with a focus on serving the first generation & lower income Harvard community.