The impact from the coronavirus is yet to be fully realized and many students are facing physical, emotional, and mental hardships. As this situation continues to unfold, they are encountering countless challenges. These range from navigating prolonged social isolation to managing financial struggles.
Their needs are increasing everyday as more are getting laid off from work, companies are canceling internships, and family members are losing their jobs. Some are also finding out they do not qualify for unemployment or CARES Act funding.
Through the inspiring generosity of our alumni and friends, we are continuing to raise funds for the Student Emergency Fund. Because of these gifts, the University has been able to award 266 students over $207,589 to help cover:
- Basic needs such as food and medication
- Travel and relocation expenses
- Switching to online environment
- Housing and utility expenses
- Lost wages
- Medical costs
The University staff are working with the South Dakota Board of Regents to award funding received from the CARES Act, but not all students will be eligible to receive support and what can be covered comes with a multitude of restrictions. We will continue to support their efforts through offering awards from this Student Emergency Fund for students who cannot receive help from other sources.
Given the unprecedented challenges facing our students, we raised our goal to $250,000 so that we can continue to assist them during this time. We are also paying close attention to what the financial barriers will be this fall as many students have lost the opportunity to work and save up money to cover the cost of their tuition. We are concerned that the financial gap will be too much for our students to manage and will drop out of school all together.
This is a time that we need to continue to come together as a Hardrocker Family and scientists and engineers are needed now more than ever. We need ingenuity, innovation, grit, and determination to see us through this crisis. Supporting our up and coming professionals during these times will be key to facing the challenges of the future.
If you have contributed to the Student Emergency Fund, thank you! If you have not, we hope that you will consider making a gift, large or small, as every dollar makes a
difference. We are so grateful to be able to offer our students support through your generosity!
Through it all, we continue to remain Hardrocker Strong. Thank you for showing our students what it means to be a Hardrocker for life.
To learn more about how the South Dakota Mines community is responding to COVID-19, please click here.