Many Acadia students are facing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, challenges with rent, groceries, transportation, and lack of summer employment opportunities could threaten their ability to return to their studies in the fall.
Recently announced government emergency funding initiatives will certainly be important sources of support, but Acadia is committed to helping ease the road back to campus with a Student Relief Fund to provide additional bursary support to returning students.
Acadia has established a Student Relief Fund and will accept applications for support up to June 15, 2020. Special COVID-19 Student Relief Bursaries will be in variable amounts based on the number of applications received and the funds available for distribution. Bursary application forms will be sent to all students entering their second, third or fourth year of full-time study in their first undergraduate degree by the Scholarships and Financial Aid office.
“Our students are our first priority,” says University President Dr. Peter Ricketts. “The pandemic has had and will continue to have a significant impact on Acadia and many other post-secondary institutions across Canada. Despite that, our students have demonstrated incredible resilience and a willingness to adapt that serves as a remarkable testament to their spirit and character. I admire and applaud their focus, dedication, and determination as we forge a new normal-for-now across our operations.
“We understand the challenges ahead and have made a commitment to support our students through the establishment of Student Relief Bursaries to assist them in their academic and personal journey at Acadia. I encourage Acadia’s friends, alumni, faculty and staff to do likewise and consider donating to the Student Relief Fund as we all stand shoulder-to-shoulder with one another during this unprecedented crisis.
To support Acadia students, please visit: giving.acadiau.ca/COVID.
This fund complements the emergency fund put in place by the Acadia Students’ Union.