In a couple of weeks, winter term classes will end and final examinations begin. While this is the home-stretch for many USask students, your support is needed more than ever, as students have faced increased stresses and challenges related to the pandemic.
Some students are pushing through the semester while struggling to pay for rent and groceries. Some are in need of support for wellness and mental health challenges. In addition, technical learning tools such as laptops and adequate internet connection have also been a barrier for students. These obstacles are just a few of the many hardships that students right now have been facing, and jeopardize their ability to continue their studies and keep pursuing their educational goals.
However, thanks to the Nasser Family Emergency Student Trust, students have access to emergency support. Since March 2020, around 400 students have received financial support from the fund, which was initiated by Dr. Kay and Dora Nasser to help students quickly in a wide variety of crisis situations, with no repayment required. Today, the number of students seeking emergency relief continues to increase, as they face family, health, medical and financial emergencies.
With your help, they can conquer those obstacles and finish the year strong—just like this USask international student, who received financial support through the Nasser Family Emergency Student Trust during the pandemic:
“The help I received made it possible for me to get groceries and pay for my tuition to continue studying here. Without it, I would have had to abandon everything I’ve worked hard for with my studies and go back home,” said the student, who wished to share their story anonymously.
The upcoming weeks are significant to students’ academic journey. While many of them will soon be wrapping up their school year—writing final examinations, working on projects, delivering presentations—let them know that they can count on you.
Make your gift today to the Nasser Family Emergency Student Trust.