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"We have students living in cars, moving from sofa to sofa, camping in the redwoods behind the College."
The Redwoods Room & Board Scholarship Fund supports students struggling to find a safe place to sleep and enough food to eat while dedicating themselves to earning an education. The Scholarship provides these students with housing and meals, so they can focus on their education rather than on their daily survival. The program provides an interim safety-net that gives students an opportunity to build rental and job history, while they have the stability of housing & meals. CR’s Housing liaison will work with recipients to secure sustainable housing in the community.
This program provides a renewable, semester long scholarship which includes housing in CR’s Residence Halls and a meal plan in CR’s cafeteria. CR is contributing four rooms with eight beds, valued at $50,000, to demonstrate the College’s commitment to addressing the negative impacts of housing insecurity. We are asking for your support to cover the annual meal expenses of $48,000 and thereby provide $16 a day per student for food.
Nearly half of all community college students are experiencing overwhelming housing challenges: 35% experience ongoing housing insecurity; 15% are homeless; and 56% of community college students face food insecurity.
Wisconsin HOPE Lab and the Association of Community College Trustees
In Fall of 2018, over one hundred of CR’s
students self-identified as facing housing insecurity or homelessness. Our
students are living in their cars, moving from sofa to sofa, or camping in the
redwoods behind the College. A significant number of our students are not
getting enough to eat. Our Food Pantry is assisting over 100 of our students
Redwoods Room & Board Scholarship Fund
College of the Redwoods Foundation
7351 Tompkins Hill Rd.
Eureka, CA 95501
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'My father didn’t graduate from high school and used to say ‘don’t be like me’…. And I know if I drop out of school and work full time, I will just keep struggling. I will never get ahead.'
- Martha, College of the Redwoods Student
Martha is a student at College of the Redwoods. She applied for financial aid, with help from her high school, and received confirmation of her completed application. But when she arrived at CR she found out her application was incomplete and that it could take months to be resolved.
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'On the nights that I had to camp near school, I would usually stay in the wooded area behind the dorms and then use the shower facilities in the gym in the mornings.'
- Tammy, College of the Redwoods Student
'The Redwoods Room & Board Scholarship will change the homelessness narrative in our community and at College of the Redwoods.'
- Keith Flamer, President/Superintendent of College of the Redwoods
Criteria for Qualifying
In order to qualify for this scholarship a student must:
Upon successful academic completion of a semester and housing status review, a student may apply for the following semester’s Redwoods Room & Board Scholarship.
Criteria for Maintaining
St. Joseph Health System – Care for the Poor Grant
The Rose Perenin Foundation
The McLean Foundation
Emily Arents, CNM, RN
David Bazard and Mary Mallahan
Sally and John Biggin
Vicki and Steve Bradford
Joe and Kerry Chartkoff
Steve Christianson - 2003 CR alumni
Marty & Kim Coelho
Larry and Ruth Connolly
Dr. Bonnie Deister, Trustee
Michael and Tamara Dennis
Walt and Becky Giacomini
Marina and Joe Hash
Nancy R. Ihara
Katie Wendt Manning '77
Carol Mathews, Trustee
Colleen Mullery, Trustee
Open Door Community Health Centers
In memory of John and Rose Petrusha
The Quist Mazzocoo Family
Aaron and Christine Reiher
Dave and Gaby Somerville
Barbara and John Vernon
Mike and Beth Woyak
Student Services/Administration Building, Second Floor
7351 Tompkins Hill RdEureka, CA 95501