We are here to help!
*Please keep in mind that we aim to be a one-time source of assistance to help as many students as possible, however, we take each application on a case-by-case basis. We prioritize students whom we have not helped previously and take into account the number of applications and amount of funding that we have at a given time. While we may not be able to help you again if we have helped you before, we will certainly try to connect you with other resources.
What our students are saying about us...
"Being a single parent, working, and attending school full-time can be challenging. But it’s not impossible. I recently was on maternity leave and my income changed making it harder for me to meet all the needs for my household. I felt like less of a mother. When I was losing hope the FAST Fund helped me keep my faith. I need to finish my program at MATC so that I can be a better provider for my children. When that became challenging the FAST Fund helped. That made it easier to focus on my current goals so I can be successful and gain stability. The FAST Fund helped me do just that. With their help I am able to stay focused in school and be the best parent for my children. I am able to do all this with less worries and stress. I appreciate the support that came from the FAST Fund."
"I truly believe that good people still exist and confirmed that when speaking with Dr. Michael Rosen. I explained my situation and goal of graduating as a Respiratory Therapist. School is expensive and I have been paying out of pocket because I no longer qualify for financial aid. When you are a mother and student you prioritize and sacrifice for a better future. Thank you for making this future RT that much closer to reaching her goal! I promise to pay it forward one day!"
"Thanks to the Fast Fund for their continued support. I don’t know if I would have been successful in my journey to become a Nurse without the FAST Fund. Their support allows me to be able to study and not worry about how I’m going to pay for books , I completed last semester with a 3.1 GPA using my brains and with the support of the FAST Fund. I am so very grateful. Once I graduate I will give back to the community as the Fast Fund has done for me."
"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am so grateful for the funding I received. I do not know what I would have done without Fast Fund. The Fast Fund is a great resource for low-income mothers who are trying to pursue an education. I am a single mother pursuing a nursing career and a better future. Resources like this help when times are hard. Thank you Carol Holley, for contacting me and helping me out. Thank you Michael Rosen for your help as well."
"When it comes to financial or any help, I thought 'There are people out there who are in dire situations and need help more than me.' Once Covid came, it hit hard. I ended up losing my job during quarantine and slowly our savings started depleting. I heard about The FAST Fund from a classmate. I decided it wouldn't hurt to apply. I'll get either a “yes” or “no.” Not only did I receive a "yes" but I also received other resources for more assistance.
There are not enough words that can express just how much I appreciate your kindness and generosity. You are such a wonderful blessing. I cannot wait to graduate from the respiratory therapy program so I may one day give back. May your kindness and generosity return to you a hundredfold."
"My name is Zach Liu. Over the past year I made the decision to turn my life around, and I needed to start somewhere. I relocated to Milwaukee from Kenosha to start my dream with very little money or idea of how I would support myself financially. I was able to use most of my money to secure housing for the first month of the semester. I was able to get a job, but with a few weeks until next month’s rent was due, I was starting to panic about how I could come up with the rent money. After reaching out to some MATC faculty, I was led to the Fast Fund program. I spoke with CJ and told her about my background. She shared her mental support and guidance with me. She offered possible options that could help me find a solution to my problem. But when that didn’t work out, the Fast Fund was able to pay my first month’s rent at my new apartment. This act of goodness will enable me to stay in school, stay focused on a positive path, and allow me to become fully independent. I am forever indebted to the Fast Fund and everyone involved in helping students reach their goals."