Scholarships provided for students affected by Hurricane Sandy

November 29, 2012

Students in the northeastern United States who lived through the historic superstorm Hurricane Sandy could be awarded scholarships for college at some institutions for higher learning located in the same area.

Specifically, Harcum College, a two-year school in Bryn Mawr, Penn., is giving financial aid for school consisting of two years of free living quarters. However, the program is only for students living in certain nearby counties, and is meant as an addendum to any scholarship money a student may have already been awarded, according to a report from NewsWorks.

"The opportunity that they may be missing because they were pretty much wiped out. This would give them a chance," Harcum president Joe DeTemple told the news provider. "You know, we don't know how many people will participate but we thought we'd extend a hand to those in need."

Harcum's not the only educational institution looking to help and award students for the challenges they overcame during Hurricane Sandy. According to a story that appears on, Saint Peter's University in Jersey City will soon announce that it has enacted a similar program for financial aid for college. The source states that students who displayed upstanding community service during the superstorm could be awarded $20,000 in scholarship money. The university is specifically looking for 15 qualified applicants.

"Hurricane Sandy revealed the selfless side of so many Americans, as they tirelessly worked to help their neighbors in need," said Eugene Cornacchia, president of university, told "Our students were among these heroes, working late into the night collecting food and supplies and making care packages for those displaced."

Yet another Sandy scholarship
Cornacchia went on to explain that her organization takes a certain amount of pride in students who helped victims of the storm or volunteered, and wants to encourage such community-minded behavior. Students currently studying at St. Peter's are not excluded from applying for the scholarship, and the $20,000 is meant to go toward paying for classes and living quarters. In order to apply, hopeful scholars must write a 500-word essay explaining what they did to help others during the superstorm. These essays are due by Jan. 13.

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