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Help-a-Pirate Program

Whitworth's Help-a-Pirate Program exists to assist students through one-time interventions of support when an urgent need arises. We have three primary methods for meeting some of the needs that may arise for students:

  1. Meal Assistance Program - This program is designed to support food-insecure students at Whitworth, and qualifying students can receive up to two meals per day through Sodexo for a month at a time.
  2. Textbook Lending Program - This program is designed for students who experience a shortfall in acquiring all of their books. Any books provided need to be given back at the end of the term, and this program does not extend to book codes that are not returnable.
  3. Immediate Financial Hardship - This program is designed to support students experiencing extenuating circumstances (e.g. COVID-19, etc) and we invite students to apply, explain their situation, and then our committee will be in touch after the application is reviewed.
    • Tuition/Student Accounts needs should be directed to Financial Aid 
    • Qualifying students may need to provide documentation supporting their request, provide permission to contact the recipient/organization, and will need to report the help on their taxes.  All of this will be occur within the guidance of the representative who follows up with you.

Accessing Help-a-Pirate Resources

If a student is identified as being a candidate for Help-a-Pirate resources, they can fill out the online form found here.

Once the online form is received, a student success representative will reach out to the student to meet about the following:

  1. Confirm with the financial aid office that the student has accessed all of their financial aid resources or refer the student to the financial aid office if their aid needs to be adjusted.
  2. Brainstorm alternative aid options with the student and explain that this fund is intended for a one-time use during their academic career.
  3. When appropriate, explore with student how/if this situation can be avoided in the future.

CARES Act: Emergency Grant Funds

Whitworth University has received federal funds through the CARES Act to provide students emergency grant funds.

In order for a student to qualify for these grant funds, he or she must have incurred expenses after March 13 that are directly related to the "disruption of campus operations" as a result of COVID-19. Further, students must show eligibility for Title IV federal aid.

Students who may meet the criteria above for an emergency grant should fill out the following form:

Technology Support

Students who need certain types of technology to enable online learning can apply for an Emergency Grant funded by the Federal CARES Act. Grants will be based on amounts conservatively estimated to support students in purchasing the basic technology needed to work remote at local retailers, such as Best Buy and Costco. Students who have already received support through the CARES Act for technology may not be eligible. Students must show eligibility for Title IV federal aid. Students who filed a 2020-21 FAFSA and were approved for federal aid meet this requirement. Students who have not filed a FAFSA ever at Whitworth should consult with their financial aid counselor at

Apply for tech support through an Emergency Grant, funded by the CARES Act.

Food Pantry

The sociology department has a mini food bank to support food-insecure students at Whitworth. The food bank is located in the first floor of Lindaman center (Lindaman #205). Students can walk in and grab food items between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Whitworth staff and faculty are welcome to make donations. Please contact Robert Francis ( if you have any questions.