Our alumni and friends generously contributed thousands of dollars to this emergency fund at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, which helped hundreds of students overcome immediate hardships. We now seek donations to the 2020 Student Success Fund to help ensure that those early investments pay even greater dividends, allowing every student to persevere this fall and beyond. Click here to learn more and make a gift. Thank you for your consideration.
When times are at their worst, the Duquesne community is at its best.
Through two world wars, a Great Depression, devastating floods and disasters—and even a pandemic a century ago—Duquesne’s faculty and staff, students and alumni have worked together, helped each other, and emerged even stronger than before. Today’s Coronavirus outbreak will be no different.
Over the past month, our students have faced unimaginable disruptions—nearly 4,000 moved out of campus housing within a week—and they have transitioned to online classes. They have returned home, but have hardly returned to normal. Our mission remains the same—to serve God by serving them.
Many of these young women and men are facing unprecedented and unexpected financial hardships. Some incurred great expense to move themselves and their belongings off campus. Others are now dealing with unplanned housing, technology, insurance, family care and food costs. Many have lost jobs or had hours reduced due to relocation and business closures mandated by social distancing guidelines.
The University is doing everything it can to help these students—and we hope you will, too. Our new Emergency Student Assistance Fund will provide targeted aid to those students most in need right now. All funds raised for the Student Emergency Assistance Fund will be directed to students in need as identified by the Division of Student Life in consultation with Spiritan Campus Ministry.
Every gift—in any amount—will have a profound impact for years to come. As they tell their children and grandchildren about the pandemic of 2020, they’ll recall with gratitude the strength and support of the Duquesne community. Please join me in making their brighter future a reality with your gift today.
Jonathan Ogurchak, P’09
Vice President and President-Elect, Alumni Board of Governors