Dolores Eyler Fund

A generous gift to the University from Ms. Dolores Eyler in 2010 established the Dolores Eyler Fund to support Communication students who encounter significant expenses due to unexpected and difficult circumstances. Realizing that such moments can cause great hardship for students and interfere with their studies and progress at the UW, this Fund provides unconditional grants — funds that do not need to be repaid — for students to help them through challenging situations.

Students can apply for up to $1,000 once per calendar year to cover expenses that are unexpected. Because such expenses can take infinite form, we cannot offer a comprehensive definition of what qualifies for grants. Here are some circumstances that might prompt someone to apply for a grant from the Dolores Eyler Fund:

  • health care costs
  • car repairs
  • travel for family emergencies
  • work disruption
  • stolen goods

Because these funds are meant to cover unexpected emergencies, they cannot be used towards equipment normally needed by all graduate students, such as computers.

To apply for funds, students provide a one-page explanation of their request and a means for documenting the expenses (examples might include a bill or invoice or receipt, official letter or notice, police report, or names and contact information for specific individuals). This is to be turned in to the Department of Communication Student Advising Office, Room 118 in the Communications Building. Students will be notified within 72 hours whether their request will be funded— in either full or in part.

The process is:

  1. Apply for funds in Communication Advising Office, Room 118
  2. Notification within 72 hours of whether request is funded.