For months we have witnessed the military invasion of Ukraine that has unleashed devastating impacts on millions, including many at USask and throughout the province.
Sadly, this is only one such international crisis that has far-reaching impacts on prospective and current USask students. There are countless other international conflicts unfolding that have the potential to severely impede the progress of our students and affect their future.
Undergraduate and graduate students are experiencing educational interruption and displacement because of these changing political environments. As USask welcomes students from more than 130 countries every year, it is vital that we continue to ensure all international students are supported as they adjust to life and study in Canada.
To address this significant obstacle for so many students, USask has introduced the Students at Risk Fund. Donations to this fund will support students facing challenges to entering or remaining at USask due to ongoing international conflicts.
Gifts made to this fund will be cumulatively matched by the university, up to $200,000, to support qualifying current and future students. This is a significant, necessary investment in students confronted with such extraordinary circumstances that put continuing their education in jeopardy.
Donors who give to the Students at Risk Fund will help create bursaries between $5,000 - $10,000 to applicants self-identifying as needing support due to international conflict or war. These bursaries will support approximately 40 affected students and help them pay for counselling, flights to reunite with displaced family members, tuition, books, computers, and other necessities to attend university.
As the University of Saskatchewan strives to be the university the world needs, we have a responsibility to be active global citizens and stand by students affected by global conflict and support them as they begin, or continue, their education with us.