Read the story of Sonina Hernandez, who was awarded a Make It or Break It grant in 2014. She explains how the emergency fund helped her make up a few credits necessary to be accepted into a CHaSS graduate program.
The Make It or Break It Award Fund
Sometimes students with rather small financial needs drop out, thinking one day they will return to finish their degrees when they are more financially stable. More often than not they never come back to school. With the Make It or Break It Fund, students can apply for the necessary funds to complete their education.
— Cece Foxley, member of the CHaSS Dean's Development Board
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Development Board is comprised of alumni committed to helping the school achieve its mission and pivot to meet critical needs for the future. Members support the college in a myriad of ways from teaching courses, providing career advice to students, and through financial contributions. In 2012, members of the board spearheaded the creation of a fund for students with financial hardships that may impede their completion of study at Utah State.
The Make It or Break It Fund is supported by the CHaSS Dean’s Development Board and enables Dean Joe Ward to award money to CHaSS students with critical needs such as funding one last class or purchasing books.
“This is not a loan,” Dean Ward said. “We provide students money during emergency situations so they can stay in school.”
Applicants must be majoring in a program of study within CHaSS. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students who can show a substantial financial hardship. There is no set guideline for GPA, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors.
Return the completed form — either PDF or written, emailed or dropped off — to the Dean's Office. For any questions or to submit the form, email Natalie Smoot (firstname.lastname@example.org)..