13 students receive 2022 CARES (HEERF) Minority-Serving Institution Awards

Tuesday, April 19, 2022
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The CARES (HEERF) Minority-Serving Institution Award supports current UCSB Teacher Education Program (TEP) students who have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Student recipients
Efrain Alvarez
Nicole Aponte
Valerie Canas-Gonzalez
Sofia Carrillo
Maritsa Enriquez
Perla Estrada
Ian Fiedorek
Lizette Juarez
Dylan Locker
Sophia Morales
Janee Roche-Bayless
Anita Tuttle
Caitlin Yahner 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or, CARES Act, was passed by the U. S. Congress in March, 2020. This bill allotted $2.2 trillion to provide fast and direct economic aid to the American people negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of that money, approximately $14 billion was given to the Office of Postsecondary Education as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, or HEERF. The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet.

[All CARES award recipients are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at george@education.ucsb.edu.]