FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2020
CHAPEL HILL, NC – The University of North Carolina System announces a System-wide effort to help students in need who are facing unique challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the course of a few weeks, nearly 240,000 students have mobilized in support of state and national efforts to “flatten the curve” of infection. While nearly all have now left their campuses and have transitioned to online learning, some students continue to face unexpected difficulties during this period of upheaval. Many depend on service industry or campus jobs to help pay for their expenses. This sudden downsizing has left many with limited or no means to buy food, acquire the internet access necessary for online courses, or pay their rent. Others cannot afford to travel back to their homes.
Each institution in the System has established emergency funds designed to directly benefit students. The UNC System has also established a portal to direct audiences to each of these sites, where alumni and concerned citizens can contribute. A donation to one of these funds will assist students who are struggling financially due to the ongoing health crisis.
“COVID-19 has disrupted all of us,” said UNC System Interim President William Roper. “Your contribution to one of these funds can help minimize disruption to the academic aspirations of a deserving student.”
Click here to access a list of student emergency funds that will be used to directly benefit students experiencing hardship because of this crisis.