The Skelly Fund

The Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation Emergency Fund

Undergraduate and graduate nursing students (full- and part-time) who unexpectedly face a financial emergency beyond their control that would put their education at risk can apply for emergency assistance through the Skelly Fund.

Examples of eligible expenses include: abrupt loss of a family job that provides primary financial support; unexpected illness or death of a person providing primary financial support; medical or dental emergencies; emergency auto repairs if the student is unable to find alternative transportation to school or clinical placement; death in the family where the student must travel some distance to attend services; an impending eviction. Skelly funding is not intended to assist with payments for bills, taxes, tuition or fees, monthly obligations, or purchases such as appliances or automobiles.

To apply: Use this online application. When you press “submit,” you will be asked to email electronic copies of documentation that supports your need, such as invoices, receipts, billing statements, etc. Please have those ready to be emailed before you begin the application.

Applications are reviewed on an as-needed basis. For questions, please email: conskellyfund@uic.edu.