The Hearst Foundations Give HSU $100k for Student Basic Needs

Humboldt State University has received a $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations that will support HSU’s campus-wide effort to combat financial challenges faced by students.

The funding will support several programs that help meet HSU students’ basic needs. These programs focus on health care access, emergency housing and other adversity support, scholarships for low-income and underserved students, and expansion of affordability programs, such as laptops on loan.

Frank Whitlatch, HSU’s Interim Vice President for University Advancement, thanked the Hearst Foundations for supporting students. “This grant will help HSU break down barriers that some of our students face,” he said. “This support brings HSU one step closer to a future where no student drops out of college due to financial reasons.”

As one of the 23 campuses within the California State University system, HSU’s focus on supporting students’ basic needs is one of the pillars of the CSU system’s 2025 Graduation Initiative. The 2025 Graduation Initiative aims to increase graduation rates while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps for all CSU students.

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About the Hearst Foundations
The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health, and social services. The Hearst Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation and The Hearst Foundation Inc. are independent private philanthropies operating separately from the Hearst Corporation.

Note: This story was originally published on July 15.