Education & Scholarships, Housing, Housing & Homelessness

Relief from Urgent Student Hardship (RUSH) Fund

Relief from Urgent Student Hardship (RUSH) Fund Life happens, but college can’t wait.

A college diploma is one of the single most effective tools in creating opportunity and economic mobility. But rising housing prices, tuition and other costs of living are putting higher education out of reach for many low-income students and families. One unexpected expense – a medical bill, family crisis or temporary loss of housing – can end a college career, leaving students in debt and without the increased earnings that go along with a degree.

Relief from Urgent Student Hardship (RUSH) funds are modest, direct grants available to Los Angeles County students in moments of personal need. A supplement to academic scholarships, RUSH funds help students handle a sudden life challenge, so they can proceed with their college and future plans. RUSH funds are contributed by donors to and distributed via Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund nonprofit partner organizations. These groups have substantial experience serving students in the region, providing wrap-around services to support them throughout the college journey.

Since the launch of the RUSH Fund in 2019, more than $2 million has been granted through a network of nine community-based partners.

Everyone benefits when our students can attend and succeed in college. The RUSH Fund is dedicated to ensuring that momentary hardships don’t stand in the way of our shared prosperity.

If you’re passionate about helping college students stay enrolled through life challenges, RUSH your support with this special giving opportunity.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Relief from Urgent Student Hardship (RUSH) Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Donate Now