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Grant Funding Helps More Women in Crisis Stay in School

Grant from the Julius Gius Memorial Rotary Foundation supports Ventura College's Women's Safety Net program
    VENTURA, CA, June 07, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Ventura College Foundation received a $4,500 grant from the Julius Gius Memorial Rotary Foundation for the college's Women's Safety Net program. The program, which started in 2012, provides emergency funds of up to $500 to female students who are experiencing crises that threaten to derail their education.

The funds can be only used for childcare, textbooks, materials, fees, transportation and other education-related expenses. During the program's first year, 34 women received assistance and the numbers are expected to be comparable for 2014.

"The small amount of financial support provided by the Women's Safety Net program not only gives recipients the momentum they need to complete the semester in which the crises occur, but also to enroll again the following semester. We've found that 80 percent of Women's Safety Net recipients return to school, versus 60 percent for other students," said Norbert Tan, executive director of the Ventura College Foundation. "The generosity of the Julius Gius Memorial Rotary Foundation enables us to help more of these female students in need so that they don't have to compromise their educational goals."

The Women's Safety Net program started with seed funding from the Women's Legacy Fund in response to calls the college received from students asking for emergency assistance. While the Women's Legacy Fund grant cycle for 2012 focused on helping female victims of domestic violence, the Ventura College Foundation program helps all women in crisis, including domestic violence victims and those who are homeless or combat veterans.

To qualify, a recipient must be a female Ventura College student who is experiencing an emergency that would cause her to drop out of school if she didn't have financial assistance. Applications are available online at the foundation's website at http://www.venturacollege.edu/foundation.

The Julius Gius Memorial Rotary Foundation is an independent nonprofit corporation established and supported by the Rotary Club of Ventura. JGMRF receives and administers funds that support Ventura County-based educational and charitable organizations. Julius Gius was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Ventura and publisher of what is now the Ventura County Star. Members of the Rotary Club of Ventura contribute to JGMRF as a part of their membership.

Established in 1983, the Ventura College Foundation provides financial support to the students and the programs of Ventura College to facilitate student success and grow the impact and legacy of Ventura College as a vital community asset. The Foundation also hosts the Ventura College Foundation Marketplace, an outdoor shopping experience held every weekend on the Ventura College campus east parking lot. For more information, contact Norbert Tan at (805) 289-6160 or ntan@vcccd.edu. Or visit http://www.venturacollege.edu/foundation.


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