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Emergency Book Fund Surpasses Goal

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Emergency Book Fund

Thanks to the generosity of the Montclair State University community, the Emergency Book Fund Campaign surpassed its goal of raising $5,000 by September 8, to ensure students have the resources that they need to succeed in the classroom. Open to all students, the book fund provides assistance for those who would otherwise be unable to purchase needed textbooks due to financial hardship.

Donations from over 100 donors tallied over $5,430. The Parents Fund at Montclair State made a dollar for dollar match, immediately doubling the impact of the donations.

Established over the summer by Student Development and Campus Life, The Office of Financial Aid and The Office Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, the Emergency Book Fund was created to supplement existing book scholarships and grants.

Karen Pennington, Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life, shares the importance of this campaign. “We receive requests well over double the amount of the available grants and funds for this type of need. Obviously, there is a tremendous need for book support and many students would not get the help they need without this Emergency Book Fund.”

Donations came in over the two week campaign from alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and even current students who wanted to pay it forward and assist their fellow classmates. Several administrators participated, as they see first hand every day, the number of students in need.

Margaree Coleman-Carter, Dean of Students, has seen the immediate impact that your donations made. “Students have been pouring into our office to apply for the funds, says Dean Carter. “There is obviously a great need for this type of support for our students, and students have expressed their appreciation for this resource. The Emergency Book Fund will allow more deserving students an opportunity to purchase books and supplies critical to their academic success this semester.”

It’s not too late to contribute! You can still support the Emergency Book Fund by making your gift online. For more information about the Book Fund, contact Stacy Albanese ’08, ’17 MA, Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, at 973-655-5465 or