Fall COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund now receiving donations

Students enjoy snow cones on the Quad as a welcome-back-to-campus treat. (TROY photo/Ashlen Jackson)

“Trojans helping Trojans” is commonplace around Troy University, and the Fall COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund is one place where that mantra hits home.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit the University in the spring, the Trojan Nation responded with more than $63,000 in donations for an emergency relief fund designed to put a little extra help where it was most needed for students in crisis. Some 250 students received a $250 emergency grant from the fund, and now that the fall semester has begun, the Office of Development is once again spearheading a fund drive for emergency funds.

“We are grateful to our alumni and donors for continuing to support our students as they return to campus.  Many of our students are in need of books and a way to actually fund their tuition and everyday basic needs,” said Associate Vice Chancellor for Development Becky Watson.

Students access the fund through an application process through the Dean of Students’ Office. Part of the application process includes providing proof of need. First-time applicants receive priority for the grants, and funds will be distributed based on funds raised.

“We know that many of our students and their families continue to face difficult times during this pandemic crisis and we are trying our best to support their return to their studies,” Watson said.

Additionally, Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. has issued an appeal asking alumni and donors to support the Fall COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund. In addition, a Scalefunder page is back open so that donors can be recognized as they give. 

“It’s important for us to be able to offer this assistance to our students to help them continue with their studies and remain on track to graduate,” Watson added.

To donate, visit troy.edu/fallcovid and designate the gift to the Student Support/Emergency Fund, or make a check payable to the Troy University Foundation and mail it to 301 Adams Administration Building, Troy, AL 36082.