Dear Knox community,
I have received inquiries from many of you wanting to assist our students in this challenging time and asking if Knox has an emergency fund. The answer is yes. The College has established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to support unanticipated and immediate financial needs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its related economic impact.
Gifts may be made to the fund at www.knox.edu/help. Already, generous donors on campus as well as alumni and parents around the world have donated more than $35,000. The fund has made possible travel home after winter term for students from Vermont to Vietnam and funds were also used to assist students returning from Europe before additional travel restrictions were enacted.
We know that as the pandemic spreads there will be more needs, including help with housing or food insecurity, technological support to successfully participate in remote learning, and needs arising from lost campus (or Galesburg) employment. Students who are not presently on campus will receive a refund of their room and board costs, up to $3356, which will help offset lost wages. In addition, some student workers will be able to continue earning income by working remotely, but for others this fund can assist.
Students may apply for funding by completing the COVID-19 Relief Fund form. Funding decisions will be made collaboratively by Student Development, Academic Affairs, and Student Financial Services.
The College will continue to raise funds for the Relief Fund through the end of June 2020, and will evaluate the need for continuing funding as the situation clarifies in the coming months.
I know that in these uncertain times, we are all concerned for our students and for every member of the Knox community. This fund is one way to practice social solidarity while physically distant. Thank you to all for your contributions and care.
TERESA L. AMOTT