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“In my ti​me of need, Washington University and UCollege did not let me slip through the cracks.”

—Recipient of WashU Crisis Response Student Fund assistance



When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic broke, the university was faced with many unforeseen challenges, and many members of our community asked what they could do to help.

In response to those requests—and with immense gratitude for the generous spirit of this community—the university created two crisis response funds dedicated to supporting students and employees who have been adversely affected: The WashU Crisis Response Student Fund and The WashU Crisis Response Employee Fund.

Participation from alumni, parents, friends, and staff has been inspiring. As of early June, donors had contributed more than $135,000 to the student fund and $77,545 for employees! The university reviewed applications for assistance and distributed funds during two waves in March and May. Read more about the distribution of these funds and other ways the university has helped students and employees deal with the financial impact of the pandemic.

Because the current health crisis is unprecedented and ongoing, both funds are still accepting contributions. Your gift to either fund will directly benefit students and employees who need financial assistance at this extraordinary time.



Search #WashUTogether on social media to see how members of the WashU community are finding ways to help their communities—and one another—during this crisis.


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