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Participate in the Emergency Aid Network

The Emergency Aid Network (EAN) was established in 2018 to help build a more transparent network of resources for students who may need financial assistance during emergency situations and are experiencing financial obstacles. Emergency aid can be defined as - but is not limited to - grants, loans, food pantries, housing assistance, reduced-cost/low-cost services, and much more. 

The Emergency Aid Network is always looking for additional campus partners to participate in our efforts. Participation in the Emergency Aid Network can include attending EAN meetings each semester, engaging in ongoing working groups for new EAN initiatives, or participating in the Emergency Fund Managers group that oversees the online emergency aid application, as well as the emergency aid resources listed on this website.

If you are a campus partner that provides financial or emergency resources to KU students, and would like to participate in the EAN, please contact

Current Emergency Aid Network Campus Partners

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies

Student Affairs
Student Money Management Services

Enrollment Management


Jayhawk Student One Stop

Office of Diversity and Equity

International Affairs

Military-Affiliated Student Center
KU Endowment

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences




Emergency Aid Network Working Groups

Working groups included individual participants from the campus partners listed above.


Communications Working Group

The communications working group developed the initial communications plan for the public launch of the Emergency Aid Network resources in Fall 2019. They developed sustainable digital and print communication strategies to ensure that students, staff, and faculty would be aware of the Emergency Aid Network and the resources available to those encountering financial obstacles. The communications working group also gathered the content for, and initiated the creation and development of, the Emergency Aid Network website.

Previous Members
  • Kaycee Beilman - Office of Admissions
  • Mauricio Gomez Montoya - Jayhawk Student One Stop
  • Leticia Gradington - Student Money Management Services
  • Samantha Montague - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Online
  • Leah Nicholson - Undergraduate Studies
  • Mary O'Brien - KU Endowment
  • Greg Parrish - Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Daniel Perkins - Enrollment Management
  • Precious Porras - Multicultural Affairs
  • Beverly Victoriano - Student Information Systems
  • Bridget White - KU Endowment

Common Application Working Group

The common application working group initiated the development of a single application that students can use to apply to and be considered for multiple emergency funds across campus, making it easier for students to navigate tehse resources efficiently in times of financial crisis. The common application working group gathered information from each emergency fund to ensure that the needs of all funds and their requirements  were met, while also outlining an application that would be easy for a student to complete. Their efforts, along with the feedback from the individual Fund managers, resulted in the Fall 2019 launch of the online Emergency Aid Application that is now available through the AcademicWorks campus scholarship technology platform.

Previous Members
  • Taylor Main - Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Leah Nicholson - Undergraduate Studies
  • Amanda Ostreko - Graduate Studies
  • Gail Sherron - Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Jane Tuttle - Student Affairs
  • Jennifer Wamelink - Student Affairs

Data & Analysis Working Group

The data & analysis working group developed an outline of important of data points to track for students receiving emergency aid at the University of Kansas as well as a plan for collection and anaylsis of this data. This group is working towards a campus-wide effort to analyze the overall impact our emergency aid efforts are having on KU students. By collecting and analyzing data from each individual emergency aid fund, this group will work towards developing a report to share with EAN participants and KU leadership that will outline the overall impact emergency aid is having at KU, as well as identifying the overall needs of our students and where there are potential gaps in assistance that may need to be addressed moving forward.

Previous Members
  • Whitney Escalante - KU Endowment
  • Angela Karlin - Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Leah Nicholson - Undergraduate Studies
  • Holly Storkel - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Fund Managers Group

The fund managers group brings together each campus partner that has an emergency aid fund available for KU students. Fund managers are defined as anyone who assists in reviewing applications and awarding students for a particular emergency fund on campus. This group communicates consistently to ensure that students are being reviewed for all possible funds across campus. This group collaborates to determine awards, next steps, and ongoing improvements to the emergency aid process at KU. The fund managers group now oversees the common application process and development, as well as the overall communication efforts for the Emergency Aid Network.

Current Members
  • Rachel Auten - Student Support & Case Management
  • Jessy Ayestas - Graduate Studies
  • April Blackmon Strange - Military-Affiliated Student Center
  • Sara Chavez - Student Support & Case Management
  • Stephanie Covington - Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Keila Ferree - International Support Services
  • Amy Long - Student Involvement & Leadership Center
  • Leah Nicholson - Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Bulaong Ramiz - Emily Taylor Center
  • Amber Roberts Graham - Graduate Studies
  • MJ Sellers - Student Support & Case Management
  • Jane Tuttle - Student Affairs
  • Jennifer Wamelink - Student Affairs
  • Celeste Yaluk - International Support Services
Previous Members
  • Andrew Beets - Graduate Studies
  • Kimberly Booth - International Support Services
  • Mauricio Gomez Montoya - Jayhawk Student One Stop
  • Merrill Evans - Watkins Health Center
  • Mary O'Brien - KU Endowment
  • Charles Olcese - International Support Services
  • Amanda Ostreko - Graduate Studies
  • Regina Sherrill - International Support Services
  • Bridget White - KU Endowment

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