Take Cahir Initiative
The Take Cahir Initiative was created to help Penn State students struggling to meet their most basic needs. It aims to help students with immediate need, but also helps to provide students with the appropriate resources to help sustain themselves. The resources include but are not limited to opportunities for employment, resources for scholarships, resources for individualized help, and others as appropriate.
Starting in the Fall of 2014, the Take Cahir Initiative will help any Penn State student at the University Park campus with food, toiletries, and/or textbooks. As the program expands, the Take Cahir Initiative will look to support students at other commonwealth campuses.
- Project Cahir will help students running low on campus meal points by depositing up to $100.00 onto their campus meal plan account. This option is available for on-campus meal plan holders only.
- Project Cahir will help off-campus students struggling to buy groceries by depositing up to $100.00 onto their Penn State LionCash+ account. LionCash+ is accepted at a variety of local grocery stores by swiping your student ID card. This option is available for off-campus students only. Students will be required to submit receipts to the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs to verify that the funds were used for grocery purchases.
- Students in need of toiletry items can request a pre-made package of toiletries. Each package will include items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, deodorant, shaving products, and/or feminine hygiene products. If a student has a specific need for items not in the pre-made package, they can request up to $25.00 to be added to their LionCash+ account. Students will be required to submit receipts to the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs to verify that the funds were used for toiletry purchases.
- Students in need of textbook assistance can apply for textbook rental assistance through the Penn State University Student Bookstore. The Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs will make arrangements to cover the costs of textbook rentals. Students who receive textbook assistance will be required to comply with textbook rental policies and return the rentals to the book store at the end of the semester.
Students may request financial support by contacting the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs in 120 Boucke Building, or by calling 814-863-4926. Each student who requests an Emergency Fund award must meet with the Assistant Vice President or the Associate Director for Student and Family Services to discuss the reasons for the requested aid. Final decisions to grant or deny requests are made by the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.