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Aid for Wildfire Families

Published: June 30, 2015

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University is reaching out to students and families impacted by the Sleepy Hollow Fire. As they did last summer, an EWU team of financial aid counselors and outreach staff will travel to the area to assist students planning to attend Eastern this fall.  UPDATE 7/10: EWU will be visiting Wenatchee 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, July14, to visit students who may have been impacted by the Sleepy Hollow fire to talk about hardship assistance. EWU staff will be at Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchi Hall, Room 2207.

Last summer, Eastern launched the EWU Student Hardship Fund to help with tuition and housing for current and incoming students impacted by the Carlton Complex fires as well as other unforeseen hardships.

"These fires can be devastating for students and their families," said EWU President Mary Cullinan. "We want to minimize the devastating effects our students are facing. Their success in college needs to continue with as little interruption as possible. Our hearts go out to these students and their families during this extremely difficult time."

Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Neil Woolf has identified approximately 140 students from the Wenatchee region, including 18 incoming freshman and 22 transfer students.  

Woolf emphasized that hardship grants are also available to EWU students outside of the Sleepy Hollow Fire area. Students may apply through the EWU Financial Aid Office. To speak with a financial aid counselor, students can call 509.359.2314 or email

Also, to ensure as many students as possible receive assistance, the EWU Foundation has started a fundraising effort to support the Hardship Fund. Donations may be made through the Foundation at


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