United Way is a global organization, yet each United Way covers a specific area and operates independently. United Way of Southeast Missouri (UWSEMO) serves four counties: Cape Girardeau, Perry, Bollinger, and northern Scott.
Through Southeast Missouri State University, United Way funds The University Student Emergency Fund to assist students financially to complete their education. The United Way also helps to fund the A.P.P.L.E. Project, as well as the SEMO Center for Speech and Hearing.
The University Student Emergency Fund
The University Student Emergency Fund is a “just-in time” grant for Southeast students with financial need who are experiencing significant financial burdens that may prevent them from completing their education. Please know that 100% of your donation to this fund will be given to students as a grant paid directly to their student account.
Students can request consideration for assistance through this fund by contacting Student Financial Services. Additionally, others can recommend funding for students whom they have identified as having emergency need.
In addition to having need due to a financial emergency, the recipient must be enrolled full-time and be in good academic standing. Student emergency fund allocations will generally range from $200-$500 until the fund grows from additional contributions.
A.P.P.L.E. is a paperwork service that advises and consults with seniors aged 60+ regarding Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, insurance forms and a wide assortment of government programs eligibility and applications. They will come to the home or will advise in their offices. There is no charge for this service. For more information, please call the A.P.P.L.E. Project at (573) 651-5467.