Emerson Enhancement Fund (EEF)

The Emerson Enhancement Fund (EEF), generously established by Leo and Patti Wheeler Hindery (P’15), invites Emerson College students with an identified financial need to enrich their collegiate experience by securing additional funding for extra-curricular programming, event attendance, creative and/or research projects. This fund has been established by gracious donors to help support the education experiences of undergraduate and graduate students with high demonstrated financial need.

Financial need is determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Awards can range from $250 to a $4,000 maximum. Both graduate and undergraduate students who exhibit exceptional financial need are eligible to apply. Those students with a current year FAFSA application that indicates an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $7,500 or less will be considered. In lieu of the FAFSA, international students must submit the International Student Budget Form in order to determine eligibility.

Previous EEF recipients are not eligible to reapply in future semesters.

If EEF funds were not used for specified project or event, they must be returned immediately to the Office of Student Accounts.

Examples of Enhancement Opportunities:

  • unpaid internships
  • study abroad travel expenses
  • film projects
  • educational research
  • conference travel
  • other plans that would enrich the student’s experience beyond regular classroom interaction

Successful Applications will:

  • be type-written (including the statement of support, budget, and application)
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid (all financial aid applications must be complete)
  • detail clearly the nature of the proposed initiative
  • provide an explanation as to why this initiative particularly interests the student
  • explain the anticipated impact of the grant upon his or her Emerson experience
  • provide a simple budget form
  • provide a brief statement of support from faculty or administrative staff member
  • meet the published deadlines
  • special instructions for international students- please submit an International Student Household Budget form (PDF)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The EEF Fund Committee will review qualified requests. EEF Committee members include: Director of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, Interim Assistant Dean of Campus Life, Director of Financial Aid, Director of Major Giving, and the Senior Advisor to Academic Affairs for Undergraduate Education. 

Received funds must be used during the course of the current academic year. If your intended event or project takes place in the summer semester, you can apply for funding during the prior spring semester's EEF cycle.

Some or all of your award may be subject to taxation in accordance with federal, state and other regulations. For general guidance, you may refer to federal regulations included in IRS Publication 970, available at:

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf or contact Accounts Payable at (617) 824-8520.

If you are not a U.S. resident, Emerson College may be required to withhold taxes from your award. Please contact either the Payroll Office or Accounts Payable who will instruct you on the documentation needed to determine if you are eligible for any treaty benefits.

Please consult with an outside tax advisor if you are uncertain of the implications of this award on your personal tax situation. Emerson College is not responsible for any taxes that may arise from this award, and does not provide tax advice.