Sister Sally Walz, RSM Student Emergency Fund
The Trocaire College Sister Sally Walz, RSM Student Emergency Fund was developed to support student success, retention and completion by assisting in the removal of financial barriers that may keep a student from continuing in their academic success. The fund was renamed in 2017 in memory Sister Sally Walz, RSM was a former Vice President for Academic Affairs and a member of our Board of Trustees. Sister Sally was greatly admired for her untiring commitment to Trocaire College and our students, especially those in need.
The fund is anticipated to assist students who are working towards success, but have an urgent financial need that is a keeping them from reaching their goals. These funds are not intended to be used for routine expenses and would typically be only for a one- time urgent financial need that would not exceed $250. It is anticipated that students would reimburse the fund when they receive their financial aid or are able to make payment.
Some examples of expenses generally covered may include:
- Medications and other costs related to medical care
- Essential expenses related to academic program or transportation
- Safety needs (i.e. changing a lock)
- Assistance with replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster
- Assistance with food, a utility bill, or other essential household expenses
All student referrals and/or applications would go to the Counselor and who would contact the student and schedule a meeting to find out more information and discuss alternative resources and options. The application would then be reviewed by the Student Emergency Fund Committee. The Committee will look into the students financial aid status in addition to the information provided on the application to decide if funds will be approved. Students would be made aware within 5 business days of their meeting if their application has been approved.
Jennifer Ehlinger-Saj, LMSW, Director of Wellness
Main Campus, Room 118
360 Choate Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14220