West Virginia State University Launches Emergency Assistance Fund for Students

Contact: Jack Bailey
(304) 766-4109
April 9, 2020
West Virginia State University Launches Emergency Assistance Fund for Students
INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University (WVSU) has created an emergency fund to provide financial assistance to students impacted by the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Types of financial assistance considered include family or personal emergencies, housing and living costs, loss of income, technology needs, textbooks or transportation needs.

“We are launching this fund to help ease the financial burdens that some of our students may be facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said WVSU President Anthony L. Jenkins. “We want to help ensure that any unforeseen financial hardship will not impact their academic success at the University.”

To be eligible for the fund, students must be in good standing at the University, be currently enrolled and attending classes in a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate program at WVSU. Students can apply online at www.wvstateu.edu/emergencyfund.

At the same time the emergency assistance fund is being launched, the University is actively seeking donors to support the fund.

“We have received so many calls from our alumni and community supporters asking what they could do to help support the University and our students during this pandemic,” said WVSU Foundation President Patricia Schumann. “Supporting the emergency assistance fund is the most direct way they can lend their financial support right now.”

In addition to support of the emergency assistance fund, the University is seeking financial donations to support the WVSU food pantry, which assists students who experience food insecurity.  During the current COVID-19 pandemic requests for assistance from the food pantry have increased significantly. 

For those interested in supporting the WVSU emergency assistance fund or food pantry through a charitable donation, please contact the WVSU Foundation at (304) 766-3021 or foundation@wvstateu.edu. Gifts may also be made online at https://give.wvstateu.edu/project/20671

The WVSU Foundation Inc. is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization and gifts are deductible to the extent provided by federal and state law.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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