Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham Student Emergency Fund

The Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham Student Emergency Fund was established to assist UofM students facing financial hardship which would otherwise interfere with their success at UofM. The fund provides limited emergency awards to currently enrolled students who experience unexpected or temporary expenses.

*This fund is not meant to be used on an ongoing basis for routine expenses, or for tuition expenses. The average award amount ranges from $100 to $300, with a limit of $500 for extreme situations. Applications to this fund should include documentation of the expense.

Covered Expenses

Types of expenses covered include but are not limited to:

  • Assistance with utilities
  • Housing needs (e.g. securing short-term housing, security deposits, etc.)
  • Essential academic needs (books and supplies)
  • Replacement of lost personal items (due to fire, theft, flood, etc.)
  • Emergency expenses related to dependents (e.g. childcare)

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, degree-seeking students
  • Students should be enrolled at least half-time for the current semester (or for the upcoming semester, if the need occurs between semesters)
  • Students must be able to demonstrate financial hardship due to emergency, accident, illness, natural disaster, or another unforeseen event
  • Student should have a plan for future financial stability. Students without a plan for future financial stability will be referred for further assistance.

How to Apply

Students must complete both the Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham Student Emergency Fund Application and the Tiger Scholarship Manager General Application.

Both of these applications must be completed in order for your application to be considered. All requests should include documentation to support your application. There is an option to attach supporting documentation at the bottom of the Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham Student Emergency Fund application form.

All applications must include supporting documentation when relevant.

Other Information

Once you have applied to the Emergency Fund, the committee will reply to you within two business days regarding your application. If approved, funds can take up to 3 to 5 business days to be disbursed to you.

If you have questions about the fund or application process, please contact Alison Brown, Coordinator of Student Outreach and Support, at mbrown37@memphis.edu or (901) 678-3594.


The number of students helped by this emergency fund is limited by the resources available. We welcome donations from faculty, staff, students, families, community members, and others who have the ability. To donate to the fund, visit the Student Affairs Annual Giving site and choose "Bingham Student Emergency Fund."