The pandemic has created long-term financial challenges for families who were already struggling. Low income families, especially those living in urban communities have been hit disproportionately hard by the COVID-19 pandemic both from a health and financial standpoint. All of this has led to an increase in need. The Impact Fund supports this need and helps families who are experiencing additional challenges that include things like job loss, illness or medical emergencies, death and homelessness. This fund goes above and beyond our regular scholarship support and will help students and their families over the course of the next year as they recover from the pandemic and other unforeseen emergencies.