Support our Students In Need
With the full impact of COVID-19 on the Mary Washington community yet to be seen, a large number of students and their families are facing financial hardship already. Some students, experiencing the financial crisis of a personal or family job loss, urgently need assistance with basic elements of survival, including food, housing, travel, academic resources, and personal care. The stress of these circumstances can have a significant impact on students’ mental and physical health, as well as their ability to concentrate on classwork. By helping meet their immediate needs, the Support Our Students and First-in-Family funds can give students the ability to overcome these difficult situations, allowing them to devote their energies to their education.
Examples of how these funds help our students include the following:
- direct support to purchase food and daily essentials
- material resources that support academic success
- crisis-related travel
- housing and utility assistance
- medicine and health care
These funds will be administered by staff to nimbly and quickly provide much-needed financial assistance to our students.
The Support Our Students Fund will focus on true basic care, crisis support, academic resources, and financial emergencies while the First-in-Family Fund will help those first-generation students who need various support systems to continue their education.
Although our community is currently dispersed, we continue to serve students and stand strong together as #OneUMW. Thank you for your continued encouragement and support of our students.
To stay up to date on the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, follow https://www.umw.edu/advisories/coronavirus/.