Thanks to contributions from students, staff, small businesses and more, Confederation College has been able to raise over $427,000 to support students in need through the COVID-19 crisis.

The COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund began accepting applications on April 27, and already has over 150 submissions. Eligible students can receive a $500 payment to help cover unforeseen expenses due to the pandemic, including food, rent, childcare and more.

“With so many people in need during this time, it is truly touching that our donors and communities have not forgotten our students,” said Kathleen Lynch, President of Confederation College.

“Students are certainly dealing with increased pressures as they have adapted to studying in a new online environment while balancing family and work responsibilities. In many cases, students have lost part-time jobs, adding to an already stressful financial situation. This fund was quickly established to help address some of those financial challenges our students are facing.”

The Student Union of Confederation College Inc. (SUCCI) made a $75,000 contribution. SUCCI’s Distance Education and Lake of the Woods Campus Student Associations helped pledge another $11,000.

“Our Student Union was first to the table when fund discussions were initiated and their contribution was considerable,” added Lynch. “We are grateful for their leadership and generosity. SUCCI’s advocacy and compassion for students has been unwavering during this difficult time, and in fact, the same is true at any time. They remain important champions for student priorities and needs.”

Donations can be made online, or by contacting the Advancement Office at 807-632-5678.