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We Are Stronger Together

Helping WVU students affected by COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the lives of current and prospective WVU students and their families, many of whom are unsure how they will afford higher education costs for the foreseeable future. Your continued support of students in need is changing lives. We will emerge stronger – together.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, WVU students and their families have shared heart-wrenching stories about the significant impact on their lives.

Interdisciplinary studies major Vera Abankwa is the oldest of five children, all of whom had to complete coursework online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With her dad unemployed and her mom working on the front lines, they had to scramble to get computers for every child while also worrying about how to meet the family’s basic needs.

“You’re not only supporting me, you’re supporting my family,” Abankwa said.

Due to layoffs and business closures in West Virginia and across the nation, many current and prospective WVU students have lost their means of paying for college. These students may be forced to suspend attending classes, enroll elsewhere or drop out altogether. Emergency financial assistance provided via the CARES Act and housing and dining refunds paid by WVU will not be nearly enough to meet families’ needs for the 2020-’21 academic year.

Junior Charde De Lestre lost three part-time jobs and fell nearly three months behind on her rent after classes moved online. But emergency aid provided via WVU has enabled her to continue her education.

“If it had not been for this aid, I would possibly have been forced to give up my opportunity to continue to reach my goal of becoming a social worker as planned at WVU,” De Lestre said.

Robert Farley, an industrial engineering and geology major, was affected by the pandemic academically and financially. Receiving the We Are Stronger Together scholarship is like a weight off of his back, Farley explained. As an independent student who pays for his own education, he will not have to work as many hours as he tackles 20 credit hours of coursework during his senior year.

“If someone is thinking about giving and they are not sure if the impact will be directly attributed to the West Virginia community, I can firsthand say it will,” Farley said. “It will have a great impact on a student who greatly relies on [personal] finances throughout their education.”

We understand the unique challenges you may be facing, yet we know that Mountaineers always come together in times of crisis. Generous support from alumni, donors and friends will enable WVU to provide emergency unrestricted scholarships that ensure students can fulfill their dreams of attending and graduating from college. We can achieve more – and emerge stronger – together.

Skye Pacelt

Skye Pacelt

Freshman | Forensics | Chicago, Illinois

“I would not be able to go here or afford school at all if I had not gotten the scholarships people gave me from WVU. If you are on the edge about giving scholarship money out, it is always the right decision because you never know what the kid is going through. The scholarship really meant a lot to me because it felt like there was someone looking out for me.”

thank you.

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched all our lives in ways big and small. We understand the unique challenges you may be facing. For those who are willing and able to give, your gift means more than ever during this trying time, and we appreciate your commitment to WVU.

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