COVID-19 Support for Students

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Update : As of Jan. 25,2021, due to the high volume of applications and limited funding we have closed off applications. We are currently continuing to review the applications that were previously submitted. 


The Black Studies Department has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to support students in our programs who have been and are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

The funds will be used to provide economic and technology support in the form of $500 stipends and a loaner laptop to assist students with the unanticipated demands of mandatory remote learning. Hardship funds will also be available for students needing help with food, rent, transportation and/or other basic needs. 

Through a short application process, the computers and stipends will be made available in the beginning of fall term 2020 to students within Black Studies, the Pan African Commons and the Black Student Union who demonstrate need.  


Does submitting an application guarantee funding?
In short, no. The committee members will overlook your application and decide if there is significant need and how much they deem appropriate. The committee is committed to provide a significant amount of support to as many members of the Black Studies, Pan-African Commons and Black Student Union as possible.

When will the funds/laptops be distributed? 
We’re a small, but mighty committee of five individuals, who also teach and have to carry out other administrative duties on campus, so thank you for your patience! We hope to get back to students within two weeks of receiving your application materials.

How will grant funds be distributed? 
Upon review, you will be contacted by a committee member on your award with follow-up steps on how/where to submit any other required materials to the Foundation. Students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit to ensure timely payment.

How will laptops be distributed?
We currently have limited supplies of loaner laptops. If you marked that you require a loaner laptop for this academic year, a Committee member will follow up with you on how and where to pick up your device. Loaner laptops are also available through the PSU Library.

Are grants from the BST Student COVID-19 Relief Grant taxable income?
Yes, all of this funding is considered taxable income.