Help for Students in Jeopardy

In the spring of 2007, William Cobb was juggling three part-time jobs and a full academic course load.

If that schedule weren’t stressful enough, creditors were threatening legal action if he didn’t pay his mounting debts. “My main goal was to finish school no matter what,” he says. “But things just got messed up.”

Then Cobb learned about the College of Arts and Sciences Emergency Scholarship Fund initiated by Robert Morris. Thanks to the fund, he was able to pay off his debt, quit two jobs—the third gives him experience in his field of study—and dedicate himself to his coursework.

A humanities interdisciplinary major with a concentration in community health, Cobb expects to graduate this spring. Ultimately, he wants to work as a law guardian or a counselor, career ambitions motivated by a desire to help others. That’s why he finds it fitting that he got help when he needed it most. “I didn’t know how I was going to pay the bills, so this scholarship was a blessing.”

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