New Fresno State fund to help students in crisis

The Fresno BeeMarch 5, 2014 

Fresno State President Joseph Castro has established a fund called the "Good Samaritan Fund" to help students facing unexpected financial setbacks.

Applications are now being accepted for the financial assistance that is aimed toward students dealing with hardships like robbery, fire or a crashed computer.

Since 2005, similar assistance has been offered through the Parent's Association, but the Good Samaritan Fund will create a more stable source of funding. Castro said the fund was one of four priority projects through the President's Circle for Excellence, which is focused on student success.

More than $11,000 has been raised through private support since Castro announced the fund last year.

Students can download the application form online. Applications are reviewed by the Good Samaritan Fund committee and awards are coordinated through the Financial Aid office.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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