Student COVID-19 emergency fund established

Union Institute & University’s International Alumni Association Board (IAAB) has allocated funds to help students who are in need of emergency funds as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Examples of emergency need include:
• being laid off or furloughed and unable to make housing payment
• unanticipated health or dental expenses
• car repair, computer repair

Dr. Randy Danielsen

Dr. Randy Danielsen

“As alumni, we are particularly sensitive to the challenges our students face during normal times, juggling school, career, family, and community obligations. The pandemic has impacted all facets of our lives and our goal is to help current Union students persist in their degree program and work toward graduation,” said Dr. Randy Danielsen, Ph.D. 2003, IAAB president. “The mission of the IAAB is to be of service to the university, to promote its interests, and to perpetuate good fellowship among students, former students, graduates, friends, faculty, and staff. The fund is just one example of fulfilling our mission.”

The student COVID-19 emergency fund provides a one-time maximum grant of $300 for impacted students. The process to apply is simple and streamlined. All degree levels are eligible to request assistance.

Union President Karen Schuster Webb is grateful to the IAAB and urges all alumni to join the effort to assist current students by making a contribution to the fund. “This is a unique and unprecedented time for the world, and for Union. We’re already hearing of how Union students and alumni are working in their communities to overcome the crisis. This fund provides a boost to help students persist, graduate, and go out into the world to make a difference.”

To donate to the student COVID-19 emergency fund, click here.

If you have comments or questions, email alumni@myunion.edu.