Seemingly overnight, the entire world changed. The coronavirus pandemic caused educational institutions and students across all age groups to make adjustments and alter the way we teach and learn. Texas Woman’s University took immediate action to protect the health and safety of our campus community.
Concerned for the well-being of our students, Chancellor Carine M. Feyten issued a challenge for support and allocated $100,000 to the Student Emergency Fund. More than 1,000 alumni, friends and partners answered the challenge with donations totaling $350,031, including generous grants from The Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell Foundation and The Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation.
This outpouring of generosity has helped 466 students with housing, basic necessities and tuition and fees. It also has provided encouragement for these students to press on despite challenging times.
Students like Kimberly Daniels, who is a wedding photographer turned counselor and who became a TWU student in Fall 2016. She currently is completing her master’s degree in counseling and development. She maintains a busy schedule completing a counseling internship, taking summer classes and working when she can due to the limited opportunities the pandemic has created. She plans to graduate in December of this year.
Kimberly was very grateful for the availability of support through the Student Emergency Fund:
“Thanks to the generous donors and the people who are organizing the SEF fund. I was fortunate to be a recipient of some of those funds, and I am so grateful to have received them. By trade, I am a wedding photographer and since all of the weddings have been canceled, I instantly lost a lot of business. I was very concerned about finishing the rest of my degree. These funds helped make it possible for me to stay in housing. From my heart to yours, my deepest gratitude. Thank you so much.”