Amid all of the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Weatherford College Foundation donors have responded to the needs of students.
Foundation President Bob Glenn sent an email Tuesday morning to a group of WC employees, donors, foundation board members and friends asking them to consider gifts to the Student Emergency Fund, and within 24 hours the fund was infused with 21 gifts totaling more than $8,700.
The Student Emergency Fund provides limited emergency financial support to currently-enrolled WC students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship.
“Times like these present challenges and difficulties we have not faced before,” Glenn said. “This is even more so for many of our students at Weatherford College. Many of them have lost jobs which creates a new burden in finishing their educational goals and the completion of their studies.
“I assure you that your donation will be used to provide financial support to those students that need the necessary assistance to help them complete their studies,” he said. “It is an investment in the lives of others in a most difficult and unique time in our world as we know it.”
Brent Baker, foundation executive director, said he expects the fund to be used much more frequently in the coming months.
“We’ve been able to help students from this fund for a few years, but this crisis will undoubtedly cause much more demand,” Baker said. “As Bob said, so many of our students will be affected. We’re so proud of the WC employees and friends who have stepped up during this difficult time.”
Procedures for the Student Emergency Fund include the submission of an SEF form by a WC faculty or staff member vouching for each individual applicant’s need. SEF requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Awards are not considered loans and do not require repayment.
Glenn’s full letter and a link to online giving are available at www.wc.edu/student-emergency-fund.