On Tuesday, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso announced a $5,000 contribution from El Paso Electric to the university’s Student Frontline Emergency Fund.
“We are truly grateful for the commitment to our community from students at TTUHSC El Paso, who are on the front lines as part of this fight,” said El Paso Electric Vice President of Community Engagement Eddie Gutierrez. “We hope that our contribution to the Student Frontline Emergency Fund will help provide the basic needs for these students so they can stay focused on the mission at hand.”
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 already serving in our local hospitals during their clinical rotations.
TTUHSC El Paso students rely heavily on service industry jobs to augment their income, support their families and get through school.
“The current financial crisis is threatening their ability to successfully complete courses and clinical rotations, enter the workforce and ultimately, address the needs of area hospitals, clinics and physician offices,” TTUHSC El Paso officials shared. “This financial contribution will make the difference between a student graduating on time or dropping out due to unexpected financial burdens.”
El Paso Electric has been a strong supporter in helping students succeed. Hunt School of Nursing Student Kathryne Aguilar is one of the students who has benefited from past financial assistance from El Paso Electric.
“When I was little, I used to go to the hospital a lot because I had asthma attacks,” Aguilar said. “One day, my dad was working the night shift. I had no one. I had a nightmare and one nurse stayed with me the whole night and comforted me. Nursing means passion, comfort, caring. It means being a family member when no one else can be there.”
The financial hardships that TTUHSC El Paso students are experiencing now will not diminish once the region begins to slow the spread of COVID-19.
It will be critical to have various emergency funding sources available for the next six months to ensure students complete their education and enter the workforce.