Walker’s Legacy Foundation Awards $7,000 in Emergency Grants To Nearly 60 Displaced University Students

According to CNN Money, 40 percent of Americans cannot afford a $400 emergency expense. Walker’s Legacy and Walker’s Legacy Foundation were proud to provide micro-grants to 54 college and university students to assist them with expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The $5,000 emergency grant fund that launched last week grew to a $7,000 emergency grant fund due to more than two thousand dollars in additional support from individual donors. The organization received nearly 200 applications in just a few days. Sudden college and university closures occurring all over the U.S. due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic have caused a myriad of housing displacements and unforeseen costs for students.

“As a socially-missioned small business, we understand the vital role that we play in supporting communities that we serve.  Reviewing the applications demonstrated just how significant the impact COVID-19 is having on our nation’s most vulnerable populations and their families,” said Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder & CEO of Walker’s Legacy and Walker’s Legacy Foundation. “We responded because we believe it to be our civic duty and we encourage others to do their part. It’s evident that a small fund can have major impacts.”

“Thanks to the Walker’s Legacy Emergency Fund, I was able to gather my steps and not be worried any further by my economic situation,” said Chinyere Ekwuocha, Senior at Howard University. “As sad as it is for me to have to abruptly say goodbye to the friends and sisters I’ve made over four years and leave DC without graduation, at least I can be happy knowing there are people like the ones at Walker’s Legacy looking to help those in need.”

The funds were disbursed this week to support eligible university students with food, transportation, moving, or other related expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Disbursements were made between $50 and for up to $250 to ensure multiple students could receive aid to address emergency displacement and educational disruptions.

Students that received the micro-grants are as follows:

StudentUniversity
Amara Edwards CoulibalyDillard University
Daikerra SweatFisk University
Ebonee Margarete BrownSpelman College
Chinyere EkwuochaHoward University
Iyana BottsHoward University
Jana’e LaTrice GibsonNorfolk State University
Jesus MurilloFisk University
Rakia WadeAlabama A&M University
Keyshawn WheatleyTexas A&M Commerce
Chandler ToppinSpelman College
Impress WilliamsMiles College
Khamryn StansellXavier University of Louisiana
Sonia HordgeFisk University
Yolonda PerryHoward University
Diamond RansberryHarris Stowe State University
Jasmine MaddenAlabama A&M University
Melissa MachadoStanford University
Ashley JacksonSpelman College
Cieara RouseLincoln University of PA
Mirian AmayaUniversity of North Texas
Noah UnorLincoln University of PA
Breanna DallasFisk University
Michael GaskinsClark Atlanta University
Jenessa GeorgeJenessa George
Rachel WestDillard University
Gabrielle OwensSpelman College
Derrica McAllisterDillard University
Louis WilliamsCalifornia State University, Long Beach
Sarah GranstonUniversity at Albany SUNY
Naya SlaughterDillard university
Anita Sydnie HammondGeorgia State University
Mirna Carolina LopezSaint Louis University
Patrick GriffithsDelaware State University
Marie-Anne PierresaintBuffalo State College
Chidera Mary OkekeFisk University
Md Minul H. KhanHoward University
Olivia MackeyPrairie View A&M University
Camryn JohnsonDillard University
Cassondra HannaFisk University
Jala K HicksDillard University
Allanah SmithUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Felicia HartDillard University
Kayla AdamsDillard University
Bria McCannDillard University
Anissa JonesMorgan State University
Madelynn Yssi MitchellLincoln University of Pennsylvania
Diavion JosephDillard University
Gehrig AvaloyMorehouse College
Alexia WashingtonDillard University
Anaiya CrownerClark Atlanta University
Brandi BruceFisk University
Natasha GarlandGeorgia Southern University
Rakia BatesAlabama A&M University
Maliyah TumerEast Stroudsburg University

Walker's Legacy Foundation

Walker's Legacy Foundation

The mission of the Walker’s Legacy Foundation is to provide a foundation of entrepreneurial, financial and professional support to improve the economic equality and entrepreneurial prosperity of women. The Walker’s Legacy Foundation is a project of the Washington Association of Regional Grantmakers.

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