Monday morning, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso officials announced a $5,000 contribution from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to the university’s Student Frontline Emergency Fund.
“JPMorgan Chase remains committed to helping the El Paso community,” said JPMorgan Chase Market Executive Ruben Hernandez. “TTUHSC El Paso and our future health care heroes are an integral and growing part of the community, and we’re honored to help support them during this time of need and uncertainty.”
The Student Frontline Emergency Fund was created to assist TTUHSC El Paso students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to temporary hardship or unforeseen emergencies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund provides needed relief to address the current and future needs of students who are serving in local hospitals during their clinical rotations as the pandemic continues.
Support from the emergency fund ensures students are able to stay on track with their degree program without being derailed by financial hardship.
To date, as many as 200 TTUHSC El Paso students have either requested assistance or are projected to request assistance. The total amount of emergency aid required could reach as much as $500,000, as need is expected to continue in the aftermath of the pandemic.
As a result of the local impact of COVID-19, vulnerable students face financial hardships including reduced income and unexpected expenses. These funds will assist them with basic needs, including rent, groceries, personal items and other essentials.
“Generous donations from community partners like JPMorgan Chase help increase the percentage of students who graduate on time, easing the shortage of health care professionals in the Paso del Norte region, especially during these unprecedented times,” TTUHSC El Paso officials added.
Contributions to the TTUHSC El Paso Student Frontline Emergency Fund can be made via this link.