The Haywood Community College Foundation recently received a People in Need Grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Funds from this $10,000 grant will be used for the Lavender Fund to eliminate barriers for HCC students. The College’s Foundation established the Lavender Fund to assist students with emergency needs that may hinder them from accomplishing their educational goals. The fund began with a $5,000 challenge gift from an anonymous donor.   

Barriers these students face may include lack of food, homelessness, transportation needs and funds for utilities or rent. During the 2017-18 academic year, the Lavender Fund provided over $4,400 in assistance to 15 students. An example is providing funds for car repairs for a student during last spring semester who was able to finish his degree and is now employed in his career field. 

In another instance, the Lavender Fund provided funds for temporary housing for an out-of-town student who camped while enrolled in one of HCC’s unique programs not offered at another college. Through these funds, the student was provided with lodging during the cold winter months.   

This early intervention resource helps ensure students can finish their classes, return for the next semester and ultimately find suitable employment. The Lavender Fund is a resource to provide a need for students that are not addressed by financial aid or other scholarships. 

According to Pam Hardin HCC Director of Institutional Advancement, “Students are not able to focus on their education unless their basic needs of food, shelter and transportation are first met. That is the philosophy of the Lavender Fund. With the funds from the People in Need Grant, more students will receive assistance.”

For additional information and giving opportunities at HCC, please contact Pam Hardin at 828-627-4544 or pahardin@haywood.edu.