Class of 2020 Senior Class Gift
About the Senior Class Gift
As the Class of 2020 makes preparation to leave the campus they have called home since freshman year, they show their pride as a members of the Rensselaer community through the support of the senior class gift. Previous class gifts have included grants for incoming freshmen to attend Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond programming and support for weR Gold, our student-powered crowdfunding initiative. This year the Class of 2020 has chosen to supplement the Student Relief Fund!
About the Student Relief Fund
The Student Relief Fund is an emergency fund for Rensselaer students who face financial hardship that threatens their academic progress during their time at Rensselaer. This fund supports current undergraduate students whose financial situation has abruptly changed in a manner which may impede their continued enrollment at Rensselaer.
The Student Relief Fund provides one-time grants to undergraduate students in immediate need, for things like emergency travel expenses, medical bills not covered by insurance, or replacement costs for essential academic supplies or personal items.
Past recipients of grants from the Student Relief Fund have experienced the death of a parent, the unexpected loss of income from a parent’s illness, or faced a natural disaster in their hometown, such as from Hurricanes Maria and Harvey in 2017.
With a supplement from the Class of 2020, the fund will be able to impact more undergraduate, Rensselaer students in need. Gifts -- of any size -- to this fund will help those in need of assistance in order to continue their studies at Rensselaer.
Financial hiccups at home can be extremely taxing to deal with when simultaneously attending university full-time. The Student Relief Fund would greatly ease the burden on a student whose circumstances may be out of his or her control. This gift has the potential to make or break a student’s professional career. Your gift can provide much-needed help that will allow them to stay in school and complete their education.