CSLAP Emergency Aid Application
The College Scholarship Leadership Access Program (CSLAP) believes every student can attend and graduate from a college or university. Based in the Rio Grande Valley, CSLAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that hosts college access workshops at local high schools and provides near-peer mentorship for graduating students. www.cslapofficial.com

When COVID-19 began spreading in the United States, CSLAP's executive board personally contributed funds to college students who were evicted from their dorms, struggled with food insecurity, and lacked access to technology. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the board approved CSLAP Emergency Aid, which will distribute funds to students and community members in need. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the fund by contacting cslapofficial@gmail.com

Applicants can receive a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $200 depending on the aid request. There are four categories of applicants:

• CSLAP alumni: Students from the high school classes of 2014 to 2019 who attended CSLAP summer institutes at either PSJA ISD or Vanguard Academy

• CSLAP students: Students from the high school class of 2020 who attend Vanguard Academy (parent or guardian should submit application)

• University Scholars alumni: Students from PSJA ISD who enrolled in the CSLAP-affiliated University Scholars Enrichment Course in the 2016-2017 academic year

• Community members: People in need who reside in Hidalgo County and are otherwise unaffiliated with CSLAP

You should apply if you have struggled with any of the following necessities:

• Technology for educational or professional purposes (i.e. hardware or software to continue studying or working remotely)
• Food resulting from meal plan disruption and/or lack of access
• Transportation resulting from forced travel from a college or university
• Housing or rent resulting from dorm evictions
• Storage resulting from dorm evictions
• DACA renewals in 2020
• Other essential need (contact cslapofficial@gmail.com)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

• What if my need is not listed as one of the aid types?
Contact cslapofficial@gmail.com with information about your need to determine whether applying is feasible. At the least, CSLAP will offer awareness and information about how to remedy your specific need. For example, laid-off workers should refer to the CARES Act (coronavirus stimulus bill), which increases unemployment benefits by up to $600/week and expands eligibility to many self-employed and gig-economy workers. You can apply for benefits here: https://www.twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits-services

• When will my application be reviewed?
Applications will be reviewed by the CSLAP board on a rolling basis. Our goal is to notify applicants of their award status within a week of applying.

• How are funds distributed?
CSLAP is flexible with your preferred method of distributing funds. Based on the executive board's contributions to students prior to the creation of the CSLAP Emergency Aid, PayPal and Cash App proved popular methods. In addition, CSLAP can send physical checks to mailing addresses if technology or software is a burden.

• Can I apply for multiple types of aid?
The board will assess multiple applications on a case-by-case basis and award funds through a fair and balanced process based on the number of applicants and the circumstances of the applicant. In any case, apply.
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