The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation Renews its Critical Support for The Graduate Center's Student Emergency Grant Program

November 17, 2020

The $150,000 grant will fund grants to students who are facing unexpected financial challenges, which have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Graduate Center is pleased to announce that it has received a second three-year, $150,000 grant from The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation to support its student emergency grant program, which provides quick-response grants of up to $2,000 to help students facing short-term financial emergencies.

Since 2017, The Graduate Center’s student emergency grant program has helped hundreds of students pay for necessities, including rent, child care, health care, and travel home to care for family members. The overarching goal of the program is to assist students in completing their degrees, rather than taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from their programs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has served as a critical intervention for graduate students facing new financial emergencies.

“Since the start of the pandemic, our students have faced unexpected financial challenges as they care for themselves and their families,” said Robin L. Garrell, president of The Graduate Center. “We are deeply grateful to The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation for its generosity in support of our students. The foundation’s initial gift in 2017 provided crucial seed money for our emergency grant program, which has since grown, thanks to other generous contributions. Expanding emergency financial support for our students remains a top priority.” 

Additional details about the student emergency grant program and how to apply for funding are available on The Graduate Center’s website.