Wright State Foundation launches Student Emergency Relief Campaign

During the unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wright State Foundation has established the Student Emergency Relief Campaign, which includes several emergency relief-related funds that can make an immediate impact in critical areas of need for Wright State students.

The campaign is in response to Wright State’s measures to ensure the safety and health of students and the greater Dayton community. Such measures have included moving all classroom instruction to remote delivery, suspending all university events, closing of on-campus residence halls, and limiting operations on the Dayton Campus and Lake Campus to only essential employees on campus.

While many students have been able to return home safely, many students are facing difficult circumstances related to food, housing, lost wages, mental health, various other financial constraints, as well as educational challenges.

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Details on how students can apply for assistance will be announced soon. Assistance will be based on funds available.

The Student Emergency Relief Campaign will help support main funds through the Wright State Foundation.

The Deedrick Student Support fund provides resources to promote and maintain student success.

The Student Employment Relief Fund helps students employees whose campus jobs were impacted in the move to remote learning.

The Raider Food Pantry Fund will provide students with food and groceries during times of need.

The Remote Learning Services Fund helps provide learning tools and resources to students during this time of required remote learning.

The Counseling and Wellness Fund supports counseling programs, helps to purchase supplies and technology, and supports other initiatives to help students who are struggling.

Bill Bigham, interim vice president for advancement at Wright State, said it’s important for people to come together to help others in a difficult time.

“We are appreciative of those that are able to participate in this effort to help students facing unexpected challenges,” he said. “This is an unprecedented time for all, but the assistance provided to our students in the midst of this will be a great encouragement to them and meet some very real needs.”

The Wright State Foundation is helping with the relief effort by providing an additional $1,000 for every 100 gifts.

“The Foundation is excited to provide a challenge grant for this important effort,” said Scott Rash, CEO of the Wright State University Foundation. “Our Foundation board has always been committed to helping meet the needs of our students, and in these unprecedented times, we are proud to partner with the university to encourage increased support from our alumni and friends,” he said. “I know the Wright State family is one that cares about students and we invite alumni and friends to join us in providing support to them at this challenging time.”

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