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Napa Valley College Foundation Announces Foundation Action Strike Team (FAST)

Napa Valley College Foundation announces Foundation Action Strike Team (FAST)
to Support College Students Affected by COVID-19 

APRIL 15, 2020, NAPA, CA – The Napa Valley College Foundation today announced that it has launched the Foundation Action Strike Team (FAST) Fund to provide financial support to Napa Valley College students impacted by the COVID-19 virus. The Foundation is committed to helping the most vulnerable students stay in school, earn their degrees, and build a better future for themselves and our communities.

The FAST fund was created to cover unplanned financial expenses related to housing, lost wages, technology and groceries to support educational continuity, persistence, and degree completion for Napa Valley College students through this crisis.

“During these uncertain times, it is important to do everything we can to support those who are the most vulnerable,” said Malcolm de Sieyes, Foundation board president. “It is our mission to support the College and its students to ensure we keep as many students in school as possible. FAST is our first line of defense to help those who are feeling the financial pressure to drop out of school.” 

One-time hardship grants of $350 will be granted to students who are currently enrolled full-time (12+ units) and meet other eligibility requirements. Students are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible as funds are expected to go fast. The Foundation has streamlined the application process to allow for prompt review and approval of applications in an effort to get funds to students faster. Students may visit https://bit.ly/fastgrantapply​ to apply online.

To date, the Foundation has raised nearly $85,000 to support the FAST fund, including a $30,000 contribution from Napa Valley College Equity & Inclusivity and another $15,000 from the Napa Valley College District Auxiliary Services (DAS). There is currently a fundraising campaign in place to leverage these funds, and individuals or businesses interested in contributing to the FAST Fund may contact Jessica Thomason at jessica.thomason@napavalley.edu, call (707) 256-7512 or visit http://napavalley.edu/AboutNVC/Foundation.

About Napa Valley College Foundation

The Napa Valley College Foundation is an independent, community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1968 to increase community awareness and provide philanthropic support for Napa Valley College and its students. The Foundation works alongside the College to provide student scholarships and financial support for instructional equipment, programs, capital projects and other College needs. The Foundation is led by an all-volunteer board of community leaders who collaborate with College leadership and Foundation staff.

About Napa Valley College

Napa Valley College prepares students for evolving roles in a diverse, dynamic, and interdependent world. The college is an accredited open-access, degree- and certificate-granting institution that is committed to student achievement through high-quality programs and services that are continuously evaluated and improved. The college serves students and the community in the following areas: transfer courses, career-technical education and training, basic skills, and self-supporting contract education and community education classes. Napa Valley College is located at2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway in Napa. Learn more at napavalley.edu.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLLEGE CONTACT:

Holly Dawson, Public Information Officer, Napa Valley College

(707) 256-7112

holly.dawson@napavalley.edu


FOUNDATION CONTACT:

Jessica Thomason, Napa Valley College Foundation

(707) 256-7512

jessica.thomason@napavalley.edu

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