Betty Chavis Emergency Fund

The Betty Chavis Emergency Fund was established to provide support for Michigan Tech students who are experiencing a financial emergency due to unforeseen circumstances; this fund is not intended to meet an unmet Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or to pay for school supplies.

What Is Considered to Be a Financial Emergency?

  • The death of an immediate family member
  • An immediate family member is ill and requires your assistance
  • An illness that requires immediate medical care and/or medication
  • A personal injury or accident
  • Victim of a crime
  • Other emergency situation

What Are the Eligibility Requirements?

An applicant must

  • be a United States citizen,
  • be a registered Michigan Tech undergraduate or masters student at the time the application is submitted  (applicant may be a part-time student),
  • be facing an emergency situation (as described above),
  • demonstrate financial need, and
  • be committed to using funds as designated.

What Is the Award Amount?

The award amount is based on a review of your application materials by the dean of students (or the dean’s designee) and a representative from the Financial Aid Office. The amount of financial assistance awarded typically does not exceed $500 and can be awarded only once in a calendar year.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Complete the application.
  2. Submit an enrollment verification form (can be requested through the Registrar’s Office).
  3. Submit supplemental documents (if you have anything that supports your request).

This fund was established by colleagues and friends of Betty Chavis in recognition of her many contributions to Michigan Tech. Since arriving on campus in 1989, she has worked tirelessly to develop programs to meet the diversity needs of the University and the local communities. Many alumni can point to Betty as their champion.

She developed Black History Week at Michigan Tech to showcase African American accomplishments in the United States and was the advisor to the Michigan Tech African Student Organization for many years. She developed Women's History Week and was instrumental in creating the Parade of Nations.