The Qatar Harvey Fund will give $1 million in scholarships to support Texas A&M University System students who were forced to withdraw during Hurricane Harvey. The grant will be provided in coordination with the Rebuild Texas Fund, a collaboration between the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and the One Star Foundation.
The scholarships will be available starting in the fall to any undergraduate or graduate students with qualifying GPAs (2.0 for undergraduates, 3.0 for graduates) who were unable to attend school as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp stated that “The Texas A&M University System is very thankful for this grant. This money will help rebuild the future for hundreds of deserving Texans whose dreams of obtaining a degree were rained on by Harvey.”
The scholarships will cover tuition, fees, books, living, and emergency expenses at five colleges within the system: the College Station flagship, Texas A&M at Galveston, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and Texas A&M Kingsville. Qatar has also supplied aid to students at Houston Community College, the University of Houston, and Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. The Qatar Harvey Fund is a $30 million fund established in 2017 to support recovery in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Other projects that have been funded by the Qatar Harvey fund include $2.5 million for the City of Houston’s Fund to Reduce Homelessness, $2.5 million for the renovation of the Riverside Hospital Center and $241,000 for the Wesley A.M.E Church. Additionally, the Qatar Harvey Fund has also partnered with the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to establish the Qatar Veterans Fund. BWF will establish the Qatar Veterans Fund using a grant from the Qatar Harvey Fund (a $30 million gift from the state intended to help the 41 Texas counties impacted by the storm). The investment in the new veterans fund will be managed by BWF and will support Texas’ large population of former service personnel and military families.