Over the past two years, USF Ombudsman Samuel Wright has been consulted by almost 1,100 students. In addition to options offered by other University Ombuds, Wright also administers are two financial aid programs. The first is a one-time grant of up to $250 for emergencies. The second, the President's Retention Grant, offers up to $1,500 per student, with the goal of stopping the student from dropping out because of financial problems.
The program began in 2008 under the former Student Ombudsman. According an article in the local press, about 33 students have received emergency and retention grants in the past two years. Wright also said that he will be retiring next February. (Tampa Bay Online.)