In 2014, Stephanie Davis, a student at Pellissippi State approached the Pellissippi State Foundation. She indicated that she loved to serve the community. She had written an essay in her English class in the spring of 2014. The topic she chose was homeless students. During the research, she found that it was a problem at Pellissippi State. She came up with the idea to create a scholarship for homeless students. The scholarship is a great opportunity to help students at Pellissippi State providing homeless students assistance to help them finish their educations and have a successful future.
The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice (Temple University) recently released its 2019 #Real College Survey Results focusing on students’ basic needs. Pellissippi State students participated in this nationwide survey during the Fall of 2019.
The survey found that:
- 45% of Pellissippi State respondents experienced housing insecurity in the previous year
- 15% of Pellissippi State respondents experienced homelessness in the previous year
These numbers are staggering in light of the Pellissippi State student population of close to 10,000 students!
Housing insecurity means a student is at risk of eviction, is behind on utilities payments, or is actually homeless. Homelessness can take many forms from students living in a shelter, to students “couch surfing” (staying with friends) to students living in their car if they have one. The reasons for homelessness vary from loss of job, dissolution of marriage or relationship, aging out of the foster care system, family estrangement, the lack of affordable housing and many other reasons.
Pellissippi State Foundation’s 2020 Giving Tuesday theme is “SOS” (Suite of Support) for students. The funds in our Suite of Support are aligned with the College’s focus on holistic student support.
Our four SOS funds have matching gift partners. The Homeless Student Scholarship is one of our S.O.S. (Suite of Support) funds. Our matching partner for the Homeless Student Scholarship is a generous anonymous donor. Get ready to double your donation! Gifts made between November 16, 2020 – December 1, 2020 will be credited toward the GivingTuesday campaign.