CSM Hawks Student Emergency Fund

HELP A HAWK. CSM Foundation is here to help. 

Consider giving to the CSM Hawks Student Emergency Fund to support our most vulnerable students experiencing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your donation will help CSM students with:

  • Food and living incidentals;
  • Technology and educational supplies;
  • Transportation; and
  • Tuition assistance.

Join us in fighting COVID-19 by lessening its adverse impact on our students.  Each and every dollar helps.


See how your donations Help a Hawk:

  • $100 helps students with groceries and incidentals
  • $200 helps students purchase books and supplies
  • $300 helps purchase technology
  • $500 pays for one course, which includes tuition and fees
  • $2,000 pays full-time tuition and fees for one semester

CSM PROUD to be here for YOU.  Our Impact to Date:

students walking on campusThe College of Southern Maryland continues to learn and work in a remote and online environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, March 19, just four days into this remote/virtual learning environment for our students, CSM launched a student survey to identify their concerns resulting from the COVID-19 and to provide support.

The responses came quickly. We heard from more than 500 students, many who had already been hit hard by the effects of the COVID-19. More than 65% of our students attend CSM part time, work, and care for family members, and 34 percent receive financial aid and scholarships. Each of these students received a personal phone call from one of our Outreach Team staff members with the clear message, "We are here for you," as we checked in and offered support and resource information.

The college and CSM Foundation mobilized to help these students in need.

  • student working on laptop

    CSM created a laptop loaner program to help those students who did not have a laptop. We found ways to deliver the laptops safely.
  • CSM launched a student resource page – CSM Ready – with many college-based and community-based resources to help with the current challenges.
  • CSM Foundation launched CSM Hawks Student Emergency Fund to raise funds to meet immediate needs of students impacted by COVID-19 (food and other incidentals, technology, transportation, and tuition assistance).
    • To date, the CSM Foundation has provided more than $38,000 in student emergency aid including funds for 209 students who identified food insecurity as an issue.
    • To date, over 100 alumni, employees and friends have raised more than $50,000 online and through social media.
    • To date, we have raised more than $50,000 for scholarships. Scholarships will be more important than ever as many of our students have lost their jobs and income. 

A second student survey completed the week of April 13, with more than 800 responses, demonstrates the ongoing hardships for our students and more help is needed for emergency aid.

Other ways CSM is helping the community:

  • CSM staff donates supplies and PPE to hospitals

    Donated CSM’s PPE and medical supplies to local hospitals, totaling more than$30,000
  • Collaborated with the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) to help develop a process that identified three levels of care that CSM nursing students – and college nursing students from around the state – could register for in order to assist in the COVID-19 response. The ‘Nursing Clinical Extern Portal’ has now been in place for several weeks and it complements the volunteers who are staffing the Maryland Medical Reserve Corps.

Charitable Giving Incentive: COVID-19 legislation allows an above-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total charitable contributions of up to $300. The incentive applies to contributions made in 2020 and would be claimed on tax forms next year. The bill also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent. For corporations, the bill raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent.

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