Helping Hands Fund

Over the past few years, a small network of recent alumni has come together to establish an annual award for Oberlin's low income students active in communities represented by the Multicultural Resource Center.

The Helping Hands Fund will support an annual, need-based award unique from existing endowments, providing financial assistance to deserving students for textbooks, stipends for personal expenses during unpaid internships, travel for academic and career opportunities, graduate school exam preparation, study abroad expenses, and application fees related to these need areas.

Funds will be awarded independently of considerations based on grade point average or existing financial aid awards applied directly to tuition and fees. This award will be based primarily on financial need as related to the eligible areas of fund distribution mentioned above.

Intended to accompany important endowments such as the Rachel Beverly Memorial Fund for Diversity & Engagement, The Langston Student Emergency Fund, and the 1835 Grant, the Helping Hands Fund will provide much needed financial support to students actively involved in campus community organizing.

Gifts to the fund can be made by credit card through the Oberlin Fund’s secure site (, or checks payable to Oberlin College (memo: “Helping Hands Fund”) can be mailed to:

Office of Development
Bosworth Hall
50 West Lorain Street
Oberlin, Ohio 44074

Helping Hands Endowment Organizing Committee:
Jo Bauer
Vivian Liao
Takuya Murata
Tarika Powell
Varuni Tiruchelvam
Jason Tompkins
Ilana Turoff