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You can help students impacted by COVID-19

We hope you and those important to you, are healthy as we begin to think about the approach of summer.  In April, President Steven Murphy provided an update on how Ontario Tech is responding to the pandemic as it affects our students, our community and our province. We know that this pandemic has affected all of us in different ways. 

An important part of the University’s response was the creation of the Student Relief Fund to assist our students who have increased financial need due to COVID-19. To help, the University is matching up to $1 million in donations; all gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar. To date, we have raised $140,000 thanks to the support of the Student Union who redirected their special events funds to help fellow students, future alumni. 

By the end of May, more than 1,200 students with urgent needs for living expenses such as groceries and rent had applied to the Student Relief Fund. With the loss of summer jobs and limited part-time employment, we expect the need to rise significantly. 

As President Murphy shared in a message to alumni in April, Ontario Tech was among the first to transition to online classes. It took one day for us to make sure our students could complete their coursework. They are the leaders who will bring the innovation and skills needed to solve our future challenges as a society – it’s important that they are able to continue their education and prepare themselves for their chosen careers.  The Student Relief Fund will help.

If you are in a position to help, please consider making a gift to the Student Relief Fund . Every dollar makes a difference and will be doubled making a greater impact. We want to show our current students that alumni are here for them too. 

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