CSLAP Emergency Aid

CSLAP Emergency Aid

From Thomas Garcia

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the CSLAP board approved CSLAP Emergency Aid, which will distribute funds to students and community members in need in areas ranging from technology to food.

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The College Scholarship Leadership Access Program (CSLAP) believes every student can attend and graduate from a college or university. Based in the Rio Grande Valley, CSLAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that hosts college access workshops at local high schools and provides near-peer mentorship for graduating students. www.cslapofficial.com

When COVID-19 began spreading in the United States, CSLAP's executive board personally contributed funds to college students who were evicted from their dorms, struggled with food insecurity, and lacked access to technology. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the board approved CSLAP Emergency Aid, which will distribute funds to students and community members in need. Link to application:  https://forms.gle/VdYimqfh1bUB8jZ4A

Applicants can receive a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $200. There are four categories of applicants:

• Community members: People in need who reside in Hidalgo County and are otherwise unaffiliated with CSLAP

• CSLAP alumni: Students from the high school classes of 2014 to 2019 who attended CSLAP summer institutes at either PSJA ISD or Vanguard Academy

• CSLAP students: Students from the high school class of 2020 who attend Vanguard Academy (parent or guardian should submit application)

• University Scholars alumni: Students from PSJA ISD who enrolled in the CSLAP-affiliated University Scholars Enrichment Course in the 2016-2017 academic year

Depending on the applicant category, there are several aid types that CSLAP will consider when reviewing applications:

• Technology for educational or professional purposes

• Food resulting from meal plan disruption and/or lack of access

• Transportation resulting from forced travel from a college or university

• Housing or rent resulting from dorm evictions

• Storage resulting from dorm evictions

• DACA renewals in 2020

• Other essential need

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