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Student Benevolence Fund

The Travis E. Overton and Jacob M. Rosiek Student Benevolence Fund's purpose is to support enrolled Coastal Carolina University students who are in need of urgent, short-term, non-recurring funding to deal with a family-related crisis, personal hardship or an emergency.

Eligibility & Award

To be eligible for consideration a student must be currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student of Coastal Carolina University (full- or part-time).

The Student Benevolence Fund will award a one-time maximum of up to $500 per student.  The funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid. However, it is recommended by the donor that recipients remember the Fund for future Coastal Carolina students and are encouraged to donate in the future.

How to Qualify

Consideration will only be given to applicants that have experienced an unforeseen family emergency and/or catastrophic event.  Examples of generally-covered expenses include but are not limited to:

  • Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family.
  • Assistance with replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft or natural disaster.
  • Medications and other costs related to medical care that are not otherwise covered under the CCU Emergency Care Plan. Please contact Evelyn Sherman in Student Health Services to file a claim using the $500 Emergency Care Plan

The Fund is not meant to replace non-essential expenses including but not limited to:

  • Tuition, books, room & board, fees, health insurance, and study abroad costs.
  • Parking tickets, fines or fees.
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel.


  • Student completes the Student Benevolence Fund request:
    • The request should be completed by the student and submitted to receive an urgent reply for assistance.
    • Please provide any supporting documentation applicable to your situation and to give the review team the most information possible to make a quick, informed decision.
  • The Student Benevolence Fund review team examines the request and makes a determination in accordance with University policies and procedures and in compliance with federal, local and state regulations.
  • Requesting student will be notified no later than five (5) business days of submitting the request.


There are a number of resources available for students in need:

Dr. Debbie Conner
Vice President for Student Affairs
Edward M. Singleton, Room 104


Want to contribute?  The Travis E. Overton and Jacob M. Rosiek Student Benevolence Fund is made possible through private donations.  The number of students who can be helped depends on availability of funding.

Please follow these steps for donating to the Student Benevolence Fund:

1) Go to Coastal Carolina University Office for Philanthropy Giving page.

2) Select an amount (or specify an amount in the ‘Other’ field).

3) Select the ‘CCU Student Benevolence Fund’ option in the 'Designation' drop-down menu.

4) Complete the remainder of the form and submit when finished.

About the Fund

The Travis E. Overton and Jacob M. Rosiek Student Benevolence Fund was created in 2011 by a student named Thomas (Tom) F. Cocke V.  In March 2010, Tom's mother Anne, suddenly passed away during his junior year.  Overton and Rosiek bought Tom a plane ticket home, then later attended the funeral in his hometown: King George, Virginia. 

Cocke knew Overton from class (who was Tom's First Year Experience teacher) and Rosiek (who is the Intramural Sports Coordinator) where Tom worked as a referee.  Overton and Rosiek developed a unique bond with Cocke and mentored him in different aspects of his life, including his academic and professional paths.

Cocke was inclined to start the Fund to help students that were in his situation and recognize Overton and Rosiek for playing a role in his success.  Cocke donated the initial gift of $5,000 and will make a difference in Coastal students' lives for years to come.

View The Atheneum newsletter article here.