THE LIFELINE FUND
Life happens. Our Scholars are working diligently to succeed at school – and life. But emergencies happen and the student may need help to solve. Sometimes a Scholar just needs the Lifeline Fund.
Evaluating the situation
When a Scholar applies for a Lifeline grant, we understand the urgency. They need rent or groceries. Their car was stolen and they can’t afford transit. Their laptop dies.
Emotions are running high. It can be difficult at those moments to find already available resources.
Our team works with the Scholar to check out campus and community resources that may be able to address some of their urgent issues before determining whether to issue a grant.
This process gives us a moment to “check-in” with the student who may be feeling overwhelmed by everything or feeling disconnected from their community.
Scholars are many things: smart, hardworking and driven to succeed – but they are also typically the first one in their family to attend college and may need support to navigate.
When we evaluate whether to provide the grant, we want to be sure it will help them persist in school and “move the needle” in their life.
Emerge placements are based on the career interests and skills listed in a Scholar’s application. However, the primary goal of this program is career exploration, and Scholars are encouraged to keep an open mind even if their placements are not where they expected. Possible industries include finance, corporate business, law, non-profits, STEM, and government. Throughout the Emerge experience, Scholars will be introduced to multiple industries and learn cross-functional skills that will be useful in any career path.
Emerge Scholars participate in fast-paced learning environments all summer long. Monday through Thursday, Scholars serve as interns at a company or organization; on Fridays, they attend immersive professional and leadership development sessions. Please note that while most internships are 9-5 Monday-Thursday, some organizations’ expectations may differ. You must confirm your working hours with your host organization.
The ideal Emerge Scholar is a dedicated, passionate leader who is eager to participate in this program no matter where they are placed. Emerge Scholars must be rising sophomores or juniors in college, plan to be in the Chicagoland area for the summer, and have demonstrated high academic performance, leadership potential, and initiative.
Each Emerge Scholar recieves a stipend for their participation in the program, and transportation expenses are covered. Any additional supplies or materials required by the internship or for participation in the program will be covered by Emerge.