Sheldon, Iowa — Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon will receive $20,000 from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation through the Dash Emergency Grant Program. The Dash program offers emergency grants to students who receive Federal Pell Grants.
Kristi Landis of NCC says these funds will help students with unexpected emergency expenses.
Landis says the Dash Grants will help NCC better serve their students.
Landis emphasized the importance of these grants, saying that an unexpected emergency expense can often derail a student’s career path.
She says that previously, NCC had used funds from other sources to help students through emergency needs, and that the Dash Grant will be a welcome supplement to those other funds.
Great Lakes has awarded $1.5 million in Dash grants to 31 colleges in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin that have shown an extraordinary commitment to engaging with students who experience a financial crisis. Proof of this commitment is an institutional investment: each college is providing an escalating cash match for student emergency grants, both to meet students’ immediate needs and move toward program sustainability. Over the duration of the grant period, upwards of 4,000 students stand to benefit from the Dash program.