Magazine article The Quill

SDX Foundation Grants Help 27 Students Relocate

Magazine article The Quill

SDX Foundation Grants Help 27 Students Relocate

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In the days after Hurricane Katrina last summer, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation established an emergency grant program to help journalism students who were forced to relocate to another college or university due to the devastating hurricane.

The program ended in February, after 27 students applied for and received $250 grants to assist with the purchasing of books and supplies for educational purposes.

"It's one of the missions of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation to serve the needs of students, and I can't think of a time when the need has been greater," said Foundation President Todd Gillman when the grant program was announced in September.

Students receiving grants represented seven affected schools, including: Dillard University, Louisiana State University, Loyola University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Tulane University, University of New Orleans, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

The students valued the help they received.

"I am writing to say thank you for the generous scholarship you awarded me after I was displaced by Hurricane Katrina," wrote Jason lieser, a student at Tulane University. "... I am very appreciative of the gift and used it to purchase textbooks at Northwestern State University, where I will attend until I return to Tulane in January."

Amber Scott, a student at DiJlard University wrote, "Currently, I attend Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga., and am doing very well. After I earn my bachelor's degree in mass communication, I plan to attend grad school . …

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