Provide support and assistance to students impacted by COVID‑19
Our students are dealing with unprecedented disruptions to their academic lives as they transition to remote learning, see local and summer jobs eliminated, and most had to leave their campus residence to minimise public health risks. They have done what was asked of them admirably, and the University thanks them for their swift efforts in such a challenging time.
Many alumni and friends have reached out to ask how they can help. The answer is we need to do more to support our students who are experiencing emotional and financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are asking for your help!
The University of Ottawa COVID-19 Student Emergency Aid Fund assists uOttawa students with unexpected needs that arise from situations beyond their control. Your financial contribution will provide students with emergency financial support that will help them overcome distressing financial situations and help mitigate mental health issues. They need your support now to remain focused on academic success, and keep them on track for graduation.
Donations to the fund will have an immediate impact by helping students facing financial urgencies such as:
- Travel costs for students who can’t afford to get back to their families
- Moving and storage costs for students who were forced to move out of residence on short notice
- Loss of income from temporary layoffs
- Other unforeseen short-term expenses that resulted directly from the COVID-19 pandemic
We will also use this fund to help students return to their studies in the Fall. Some will experience longer-term expenses such as short falls for tuition payments and living expenses due to decreased parental support due to lay-offs and the economic downturn, as well as a shortage of summer jobs needed to pay their way.
The University of Ottawa Alumni Association has generously offered to match donations from new donors up to $500! This $25,000 matching fund will help us achieve our goal of supporting our students with the greatest needs.
Thank you for your generosity in a time of collective hardship. Your support matters now more than ever.