COVID-19 has disrupted all our lives, but our USF students, many of whom are far from home, have been especially impacted. Students have lost their jobs and due to family financial challenges some face further reduced financial support. Our young students are facing challenges that are unexpected and which may seem insurmountable. While USF is providing remote instruction, counseling and other support services to these students, their new financial realities are a source of significant stress and unease for many.
While USF received its portion of a large economic relief package provided through the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, to assist with emergency student aid, it is anticipated that these federal funds will be depleted before the unprecedented and overwhelming needs of our students are met. Additionally, international and undocumented students, including those protected under DACA, are ineligible to receive CARES Act funding. Continuing to raise private support for USF students during this time remains critical.
Urgent needs like food, toiletries, rent money and other basic essentials are beyond the reach of some of our students. We've heard from many of you that you'd like to help, and we have two meaningful ways you can do so.
How You Can Help
In response to the needs of USF students, President Currall has created the USF United Support Fund so Bulls Country can circle the herd and unite in assistance of our most vulnerable. Your gift, of any size, will be transformative to a young Bull struggling through an overwhelming time. Funds will be available to students on all campuses - Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee. Our students need you now more than ever. United we will not only survive, we will thrive!
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In this historic and unprecedented time, be a part of #BullsUnited and help USF students who cannot overcome this challenge alone by making a gift of any size at usf.to/BullsUnited
Thank you and Go Bulls!
$284,617 Awarded To USF Students To Date
HerdFunder, Apr 27, 2020
As of Friday, April 24, 324 students have received awards totaling $284,617. Over 2,000 applications have been received. Every gift is critical to meeting the urgent needs of USF students today.
$95,000 Awarded to USF Students To Date
HerdFunder, Apr 3, 2020
As of April 3, approximately $95,000 from the USF United Support Fund has been awarded to USF students in need. All awards have gone directly to student support. More students have applied and applications continue to be submitted. Every gift is critical to meeting the urgent needs of USF students today. If you are able, please contribute. Thank you to everyone who has made the commitment to support USF students during this unprecedented time. Stay healthy, fellow Bulls!
How To Apply
HerdFunder, Mar 30, 2020
To apply for funding, USF students should visit here and select the USF Support Fund tab to access the application. Email the completed application to . Questions should be emailed to .
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