Assistance available for COVID 19 impacted current and future MCC students
Thursday / March 26, 2020
MARSHALLTOWN –Estimates have not been made yet as to how many Marshalltown Community College students may be impacted by economic losses from the social restrictions put in place to combat the COVID 19 virus, but it will surely be devastating for many families. As a primary source of financial assistance to MCC students, the MCC Foundation will be working with students to identify their need and distribute as many scholarships as we possibly can. Students who may not typically qualify for a need-based scholarship will be re-evaluated in light of their new economic reality.
MCC Foundation Executive Director Carol Geil explains, “Much like our response after the Marshalltown tornado, the MCC Foundation is positioned to respond quickly with scholarship assistance once we’ve identified students who now have a different ability to pay for college expenses than they did prior to the crisis. We know students themselves work to pay a percentage of their tuition, and many of them are currently furloughed from those jobs. Parents and other family members who normally contribute toward education may also be suddenly unable to provide money. Given these circumstances, we can suspend our normal process for identifying financial need and work from a more individualized evaluation.”
To report a student COVID-19 impact, a short online form has been made available at the MCC Foundation website: www.marshalltowncommunitycollegefoundation.org/covid-19/. Each student will be reviewed for possible new scholarships as quickly as possible. First priority will be given to current students enrolled in spring and summer semester classes and covering those existing bills. The Foundation will also consider these same economic factors for students entering fall classes, but those evaluations will be done later, after the first priority students have all had a chance to be reviewed.
“It’s not a time where we feel comfortable asking for donations, given all the uncertainty, but we also know that there will be kind and generous members of the community who will want to help these students, today or in the future when the uncertainty has settled. Any gifts directed toward COVID-19 relief will go toward helping these students pay outstanding bills and cover fall scholarships while families get back on their feet,” Geil says.
As always, scholarships gifts are tax-deductible and can be made online at www.marshalltowncommunitycollegefoundation.org/donationswith COVID relief in the “Directed To” box. Checks can be directed to the MCC Foundation, 3700 S. Center St., Marshalltown, Iowa 50158. Contact Carol Geil at (641) 844-5747 for more information.