The Office of Service Learning & Leadership within the UNLV Division of Student Affairs received a $900,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help fund programs that will benefit approximately 900 student annually over the next three years.
Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Keith Rogers, said, “This grant alleviates some of the concerns with funding for the important initiatives Student Affairs funds to serve vulnerable student populations in our HOPE and Fostering Scholars programs, helping to provide more opportunities for academic success.”
The monthly Take What You Need event helps students to secure basic needs items such as toiletries, clothing, bedding, and personal hygiene products. The HOPE Scholars program assists UNLV students who are experiencing housing insecurity and provides academic and financial support to help students to complete their degree. The Fostering Scholars program is a campus-based support network with dedicated programming to support individuals who have experienced foster care.
The federal grant will help create one full-time position to advance basic needs work, one graduate assistant position, and several undergraduate student employee positions. This grant also includes $125 thousand annually in academic success, housing, and food insecurity supplies.
Service Learning and Leadership Director Rian Satterwhite said, “We are incredibly excited for this support for and endorsement of our basic needs and student support initiatives. With this funding from the U.S. Department of Education, we will be able to expand the depth and breadth of our support for student basic needs on campus. The Take What You Need initiative will already serve over 800 UNLV students this year, and we can now look forward to three years of strategic growth in meeting this need on campus.”