“The past few weeks have been a fairly quick transition to online services and many of our students and their families are still adjusting. On behalf of the university administration, we appreciate all you have done, and continue to do, to support Tuskegee students adjusting to their new normal during this public-health crisis. With your continued support, the best is yet to come for our students. Thank you.”
Kimberly Scott, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs
In response to our students’ immediate and urgent needs, the university has established the Student Emergency Fund. With your charitable support, this fund will provide the more than 150 loaner laptops needed to allow students who lack one the ability to continue their online studies, supplemental food and other personal essentials from the Tiger’s Den Food Pantry to students still residing on campus, and students currently stranded on campus with travel needs ranging from suitcases to airfare so they can return home when it is safe for them to do so.
Updated April 3, 2020 at 3:30PM
In the past week, we aided 109 students. Your gifts to date have provided technology devices for remote learning, housing and living expenses, emergency travel, food, and other critical needs.
To be sure, gifts to our Student Emergency Fund are touching lives and reducing anxieties. Here are a few examples of how donors' generosity have helped some of our first Student Emergency Fund recipients:
“There are six children in my family, both my parents are currently out of work, and no one in our house is able to find work. I have been traveling to the homes of my friends and family just to access Wi-Fi to complete my coursework. I didn’t have a fluid source of income to cover storage of my residence hall items and internet expenses to complete online coursework. I’m so very thankful.” —Hannah, Elk Grove, California
“My mom lost her job and I used the money from my work-study job to pay my tuition. Once we moved to online instruction, I had trouble doing certain assignments because I am unable to access information on my phone. It is amazing that I will now have my own computer and Wi-Fi hotspot. Thank you!” — Anessa, St. Louis, Missouri
“I just joined the Navy ROTC, and I was excited about returning from Spring break. I live on my own and work to pay for my education and rent. But, because of the pandemic, my job was shut down. I didn’t know how I was going to pay my rent until Lt. George of the Navy ROTC program referred me to the emergency fund. I am very grateful. Thank you for supporting me.” — Edward, Selma, Alabama
We continue to review new requests like these. Our goal is to position as many students as possible to finish the spring semester strong and return in the fall. With your help, the university will continue to meet their needs as they are made known to us. Our campaign will remain open through April 15 for additional gifts, and we will continue to keep you apprised of new ways you can help Mother Tuskegee in the weeks and months ahead.
Updated April 10, 2020 at 9:45AM
Less than two weeks ago, Tuskegee University created a Student Emergency Fund to address that turmoil and to help our students transition to virtual learning. As previously reported, our alumni’s response was immediate and impactful. More than 350 donors have stepped up so far through gifts totaling more than $70,000 — 140% of our original goal. They’ve helped equip more than 100 students with computers and Wi-Fi hot spots so they can continue their studies while grappling with other academic and living expenses.
Two major organizations have already stepped up to answer this new call. The Utilities Board of Tuskegee has given $25,000 and the Alpha Kappa Alphas have given $10,000 toward these new requests. They have answered the call, and with the influx of new requests for emergency funding, we ask you to answer our students’ call too.
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