In response to the disruption caused by the emergence of COVID-19, the Colleges have established a fund to support students facing unforeseen financial hardships.
The HWS Student Emergency Fund will help cover expenses related to travel, storage, short-term food needs and distance learning to ensure that all students finish the academic year successfully.
“We were concerned about unexpected expenses students might be facing, from getting home from a study abroad program to obtaining the technology necessary for remote learning,” says Vice President for Campus Life Robb Flowers. “We knew we had to do something.” The fund is being administered by the Office of Student Affairs.
In less than 24 hours, alums, parents, faculty and staff raised more than $25,000 — one hundred percent of which provides relief to students to help them weather the public health emergency.
“It’s amazing, the response has been immediate,” says Dulcie Meyer P’20, director of annual and athletic giving. “As always, the Hobart and William Smith community shows that we are all in this together.”