It’s hard out there for a graduate student. In addition to the academic workload, a typical graduate student juggles work, finances and their ever-growing debt. For some students, summer courses have become essential to graduating on time. Generally, there are few financial aid resources for graduate students, with even fewer options for summer enrollment.

The Graduate and Professional Student Association is committed to finding new and inventive ways to help support fellow academics in their pursuit of their studies. As the old adage goes, “it takes a village…”- GPSA looks to crowd fund community support for graduate and professional students who are looking to utilize summer courses to further their education. GPSA has announced a partnership with UNMFood this year to bring local food trucks on campus to fundraise for their Summer Graduate Scholarship.

The Summer Graduate Scholarship is a new initiative under GPSA President Texanna Martin. The scholarship will be available to eligible graduate and professional students who need assistance for summer enrollment.

“The Food for Thought series came about because of a gap in financial aid support of graduate and professional students,” Martin said, “I am positive that the community will take this opportunity to support our future leaders.”

The first “Food for Thought” scholarship drive takes place on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Cornell Mall. Ten percent of profits from the food truck sales will be added towards GPSA’s Summer Graduate Scholarship. GPSA plans to have “Food for Thought” events on a monthly basis, with a rotation of local food trucks.

For more information email GPSA's Chloe Winegar-Garrett,