One year ago we launched the Fuel the Response campaign to help University of Arizona students impacted by COVID-19. In response, our community came together in an unprecedented way with more than 1,500 supporters contributing to help provide emergency aid to 4,169 students.
"I lost my part-time position during the height of the pandemic. Thanks to you, I was able to focus on my schoolwork and finished strong with a 4.0 GPA for the semester.” – Kevin C. ’20, support recipient
“This fund made it possible for me to keep my apartment while searching for a new job. If I hadn’t received this funding, I would have had no choice but to move back to my home state until things settled down.” – Graduate Student, Public Health
In addition to safeguarding students against withdrawal from school due to sudden emergency or crisis, the Fuel the Response campaign has also:
- Helped lower-income students persist. Pell student recipients consisted of nearly half of all Student Emergency Fund recipients (48%)
- Supported the academic success of diverse student bodies, such as Latinx and African American students. Latinx (32%) and African American (6%) Student Emergency Fund recipients are overrepresented within Student Emergency Funds compared to the UA population (24% and 4% respectively)
- Provided the Campus Pantry with funding to meet growing demands. Currently, the Campus Pantry is serving over 750 students per week and distributes an average of 1,385 pounds of food a day
Today, we’re once again seeing a rise in the number of Student Emergency Fund applicants. There’s also an increased need for Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS). In a recent survey, preliminary data shows 72% of students indicated an increase in depression, anxiety and stress due to COVID-19.
While the success of last year’s campaign has helped a lot of students, we’re looking to replenish our funds and do even more this year. Check out last year's Fuel the Response campaign and all of our supporters here.
Please consider a gift to the Richard H. Tyler Student Emergency Fund, Campus Pantry, or Counseling and Psych Services and help us provide essential services to the students most impacted. Wherever you give, you’ll be making an incredible contribution to the wellbeing of current Wildcat students.
To give by check, make it payable to the University of Arizona Foundation with Richard H. Tyler Student Emergency Fund, Campus Pantry or Counseling and Psych Services in the Memo and mail it to:
The University of Arizona Foundation
P.O. Box 210109
Tucson, AZ 85721-0109
Thank you for your support and Bear Down.