This grant supports Divinity School students who are experiencing financial hardship due to a major life crisis. These funds are provided to students from students. However, for reasons of privacy, applications are administrated entirely through the Dean of Students office.

NB: This Swift Cares Fund is not associated with the financial aid application. Financial aid applicants who have special circumstances that relate directly to the financial aid process should contact the Dean of Students.


Must be a registered Divinity School student.

Demonstrate need for funding must be due to a major life crisis. A crisis is defined as extreme misfortune suffered by a student for reasons beyond his or her control that prevents the student from meeting basic living expenses. Examples of such events include but are not limited to:

  • death in the family
  • unusual uninsured medical expenses
  • uninsured losses caused by fire, crime, flood, or other disasters
  • insupportable indebtedness occurring for reasons beyond the individual’s control

Typical Award

Under normal circumstances, the maximum award amount is $500 per catastrophic event.

A student may receive a maximum number of two awards per year.

There is no guarantee that there will be funds available at a given time.


See the application & instructions below for detailed information. If you have further questions, please email .