The Evergreen State College Accepts Katrina Victims

Published: September 07, 2005

The Evergreen State College will accept as many as 15 students from colleges closed by hurricane Katrina and will waive tuition for affected students for at least two quarters. Hurricane displaced students will be given consideration on Evergreen's student housing waiting list because residence halls are full.

"We are asking our South Sound neighbors to join us to help those affected by the hurricane," says Thomas L. "Les" Purce, Evergreen's president. "We especially hope to hear from people who can offer housing to any students who accept our offer and decide to locate here for school."

Students affected by hurricane Katrina who are interested in attending Evergreen may contact the Office of Admissions, (360) 867-6170, admissions@evergreen.edu. "Our primary goal is to assist the institutions affected by supporting the academic work of their students until they can return," says President Purce.

The college is also working with emeritus faculty member Maxine Mimms to provide support to displaced persons while keeping families together as they arrive at Camp Murray in Tacoma.  The Evergreen Tacoma program will work with the Maxine Mimms Academies to offer space and technology resources to students at all levels.

In addition to potential new students affected by Katrina, Evergreen has five currently enrolled students whose home addresses lie within the federally-declared disaster areas as well as ten more from other parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.  The college's Student Affairs office is contacting each of the students and offering assistance.