COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

Open Letter to the Community

Jill Cunningham

The Merced College motto, “Students are our focus and we are known by their success” has never held more meaning than it does in this unprecedented moment in history.  Our alumni are working tirelessly on the front lines as first responders, nurses, agriculturalist, and teachers among many others.  Merced College has always provided the workforce for Merced County and we are proud of that fact.

What you may not know is that the majority of our students are disproportionately impacted and are some of the most vulnerable to economic downturns and health crisis.  Because of this, the Merced College Foundation has created a “Student Emergency Support Fund” to help cover unplanned financial expenses such as housing, technology, childcare and food insecurities as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.


The Merced College Foundation is committed to helping our students stay in school, earn their degrees or certificates and build a better future for themselves and our community. Gifts of all sizes are welcomed and appreciated.  It is our hope that, with enough support from generous donors like you, we can help our students finish strong and go out into the world and do incredible things.  We are #MadeinMerced and #BuiltfortheWorld


Jill Cunningham
Executive Director
Merced College Foundation

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Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Financial Aid for questions about applying to receive aid, disbursement and eligibility.


Thank You

Established in 1973, the Merced College Foundation is dedicated to ensuring a high quality, affordable, and accessible education for every member of our community. Your donation to the Merced College Foundation Emergency Relief Fund supports students in need. Your support matters. Learn more about the Foundation.