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USA Funds Awards $387,000 to Help Storm Victims Complete College Colleges in five states awarded grants to help students

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- USA Funds®, a nonprofit organization that helps Americans benefit from higher education, has announced the award of $387,000 to help college students whose education plans were adversely affected by tornado outbreaks this spring.

Through the Disaster Relief Fund for Postsecondary Education Students, USA Funds has awarded grants to 30 postsecondary institutions in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. The schools may use the funds to assist lower-income students who suffered financial hardships as a result of the tornado outbreaks in the Southeastern states from April 15 to April 28 and the May 22 tornado in Joplin, Mo. The grants support supplemental financial aid of up to $1,000 per student to help them pay education-related expenses.

"These grants will help ensure students are not forced to drop out or interrupt their education because of financial hardships created by these natural disasters," said Denise B. Feser, USA Funds senior vice president, School and Student Services.

USA Funds originally established the Disaster Relief Fund for Postsecondary Education Students in 2005 to help college students affected by Hurricane Katrina and three other major hurricanes that year. Scholarship America administers the fund.

The following colleges and universities were awarded grants under the program.


College

State

Amount

Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University

Alabama

$15,000

Athens State University

Alabama

$10,000

Calhoun State Community College

Alabama

$21,000

Gadsden State Community College

Alabama

$15,000

Northeast Alabama Community College

Alabama

$10,000

Northwest-Shoals Community College

Alabama

$10,000

Samford University

Alabama

$10,000

Shelton State Community College

Alabama

$15,000

Snead State Community College

Alabama

$10,000

Southeastern Bible College

Alabama

$  3,000

Stillman College

Alabama

$10,000

University of Alabama

Alabama

$30,000

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Alabama

$30,000

University of North Alabama

Alabama

$15,000

University of West Alabama

Alabama

$15,000

Wallace State Community College

Alabama

$15,000

Covenant College

Georgia

$  5,000

Gordon College

Georgia

$15,000

Crowder College

Missouri

$15,000

Missouri Southern State University

Missouri

$15,000

New Dimensions School of Hair Design

Missouri

$  5,000

Ozark Christian College

Missouri

$  5,000

Vatterott College

Missouri

$  5,000

Jackson State University

Mississippi

$15,000

Bryan College

Tennessee

$10,000

Chattanooga State Community College

Tennessee

$30,000

Pentecostal Theological Seminary

Tennessee

$  5,000

Tusculum College

Tennessee

$10,000

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Tennessee

$  8,000

Walters State Community College-Greeneville

Tennessee

$10,000




Headquartered in Indianapolis, USA Funds is a nonprofit corporation that works to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services. For more information about USA Funds, visit www.usafunds.org.

SOURCE USA Funds



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