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Equitable Excellence℠ Emergency Grant Program
Deadline to apply: June 30, 2021 3:00 pm CT

Equitable Foundation has established an emergency funding program to assist current or past Equitable Excellence and AXA Achievement Scholarship recipients who are enrolled full-time in and have unexpected financial difficulties which may impact their enrollment in school.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the Equitable Excellence Emergency Grant Program must:

  • Be a current or past Equitable Excellence or AXA Achievement Scholarship recipient,
  • Be enrolled full-time during the program period,
  • Have unexpected financial difficulties which may impact their enrollment in school,
  • Demonstrate financial need,
  • Have documentation demonstrating financial need for an eligible expense. Acceptable documentation includes bills, invoices, and receipts and must be submitted within ninety (90) days in order to be reimbursed.

Eligible expenses:

  • Tuition* (i.e., lab fees, calculators, etc.)
  • Required course materials
  • Utilities (shut off notice required)
  • Housing/Rent (eviction notice required)
  • Child care (overdue balance notice required)
  • Medical/Dental expenses (elective procedures will not be covered)
  • Public transportation/Bus pass
  • Personal automobile expenses/repairs (required for travel to school)
  • Temporary displacement costs will also be considered (i.e., homelessness)

* Tuition expenses are for hardships related to paying unmet tuition needs. Funds will not be allocated for courses or tuition expenses outside of regular credit loads (i.e., summer school).

Ineligible expenses:

  • Food/meals
  • Gas
  • Cell phone costs
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Entertainment expenses
  • Books
  • Room and Board

Selection Criteria

Distribution of emergency funds will be determined by providing the financial information from the Student Aid Report (found on the FAFSA application), Expected Family Contribution, and school costs.

Processing and Funding

Eligible students may submit one funding request during a 12-month period for a maximum amount of $1,000.

All funding is contingent upon the availability of funds.

Applicants will be notified via email by Scholarship America of their emergency funding application status.


Equitable Foundation reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination of the program.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  1. A copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.
  2. Document of school cost (i.e., current billing statement)
  3. Documentation of the unexpected financial emergency (i.e., a bill showing the amount due)

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically through the Scholarship America Student Hub.

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