#TrentUCares Campaign continues as alumni, staff, faculty, community and supporters come together to support Trent students affected by COVID-19 

a collage of the words of encouragement posted for #TrentUCaresAs part of its ongoing response to support students, Trent University has provided $675,000 in emergency funding to more than 1,200 students – including domestic, international, undergraduate, and graduate students – who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding came from budget earmarked for student support through Financial Aid, the School of Graduate Studies and Trent International. The total was also enhanced by donations to the Student Rapid Relief Fund (SRRF), which attracted donations from alumni, staff, faculty and friends for the Student Rapid Relief Fund. The SRRF is part of the ongoing #TrentUCares campaign, which also features a social media component offering words of support and encouragement for Trent students.

“The response so far has been tremendous,” said Sherry Booth, director of philanthropy at Trent. “We had so many reach out who wanted to help either financially or by offering words of encouragement. The ongoing #TrentUCares campaign reinforces just how much the Trent family is committed and responsive to the challenges facing the world today.”

A significant portion of funding for the SRRF came from Trent’s five colleges, the Trent University Alumni Association, the Trent University Faculty Association (TUFA) and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).

The new fund, established specifically to assist Trent students experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19, complements Trent’s reputation as a national leader for scholarships and bursaries and builds on additional emergency funding provided by the University. Over the past several weeks, Trent students have received support through these various funds.

“The funding injection was crucial when students needed it most,” said Christopher Rooney, associate registrar of operations and client services. “The COVID-19 crisis has hit in waves. Students needed immediate emergency funding to travel home, set-up online learning, and pay for basic necessities like rent and groceries. Looking ahead, Trent will continue to support our students with financial aid as they manage through the longer-term effects of this pandemic.”

With financial need expected to increase over the coming months, Trent University is continuing to fundraise for student relief support, which will aim to ensure that changes to a student’s financial situation do not become a barrier to access a Trent education.

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Our new Student Relief Fund (SRF) has been established to assist Trent students experiencing financial hardships due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
The SRF is available to Trent students, based on financial need and will provide support to Trent students.