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The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions is Awarded Grant to Provide Emergency Funds to Students in its MSI Programs

Contact: Brandy Jones
Telephone: 848-932-0788

New Brunswick, April 13, 2020 — The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) is pleased to announce that it has been granted a $7,500 COVID-19 Rapid Response Small Grant from ECMC Foundation to provide emergency support funds to students across its various programs. The emergency support funds will provide students with $150 to cover basic needs, including rent, utilities, wifi for online learning, groceries, among other necessities.
“Given these uncertain times, we are happy to offer support to students in our programs who are currently affected by COVID-19,” shared Marybeth Gasman, the Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions and a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. “ECMC Foundation Is consistently supportive of our programs, and with this grant, we are able to further extend our support to those who are facing financial challenges as a result of the global health pandemic.”
In order to receive emergency support funds, students from CMSI programs will complete a short application. All applications for funding will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be awarded to students in a timely fashion. Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2020, at 5 p.m. ET and will be disbursed over the coming weeks to provide immediate relief to students experiencing financial turmoil.
“We are delighted that this grant will provide integral support to students in CMSI’s various programs and help ease some of the financial burdens many people around the world are experiencing due to COVID-19’s impact,” shared Sarah Belnick, ECMC Foundation Senior Program Director.

About the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions 
The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) brings together researchers and practitioners from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. CMSI’s goals include: elevating the educational contributions of MSIs; ensuring that they are a part of national conversations; bringing awareness to the vital role MSIs play in the nation’s economic development; increasing the rigorous scholarship of MSIs; connecting MSIs’ academic and administrative leadership to promote reform initiatives; and strengthening efforts to close educational achievement gaps among disadvantaged communities. The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions is part of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity and Justice (Proctor Institute) at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. For further information about CMSI, please visit

Monday, April 13, 2020
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