College of Science Student Emergency Fund

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College of Science Student Emergency Fund

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Our College of Science and Mackay Students Need Our Help

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our College of Science and Mackay students financially, emotionally, and physically.  In anticipation of these challenges, we established the College of Science Student Emergency Fund to help students overcome obstacles preventing them from continuing their education. We received over three hundred and sixty-four requests for help in the first three days of announcing the fund, exceeding our capacity to provide assistance.    

We are asking you to join us in supporting our students by making a gift to the College of Science Student Emergency Fund.

The three testimonials below explain better than we can the dire situation that many students find themselves in:

“In March I lost my job due to [COVID]. I relied heavily on this job for all my bills and financial responsibilities… My dad finally qualified for unemployment. My father, mother, brother, grandparents, and I have been surviving off that for the past few months. We are still dealing with the financial repercussions of COVID. As my parents pay for my entire education, I am very worried that they will not be able to afford it given all the circumstances and lack of income. Anything will help us.”

“My hours have been cut at work and I’m using whatever I get extra to pay off debt towards credit cards and get books along with pay rent for as long as I can. I’ve racked up a lot of credit card debt due to [the pandemic] and only work 16-20 hours a week and I would like to have just a little more help if possible even just $400 would be great. There’s times where I don’t know… how I’m going to pay for gas or even food because I have to try and keep my credit card to a minimum. I would appreciate more help if possible”

“I appreciate that the department is doing this for students. This upcoming semester looks to be the most financially draining for my family and I— we all tested positive for COVID in June (we are all okay now) so that was tough for a few reasons. I would 100% appreciate if I could get any financial assistance for materials for class/the newly added surcharges from the University.”

If we all join together and give at a minimum, the equivalent of a monthly subscription to a streaming service or contributed the equivalent of the monthly budget for coffee, we could meet the ongoing needs of our students. Please make a gift today. Every gift, no matter the size, will make a difference in our students’ lives.

We need the strength of our Pack to carry us through this crisis.  Please give as generously as you can. 

For more information about supporting the College of Science and Mackay, please contact Donna Knotek at or Leigh Fitzpatrick at

You can make your gift in a variety of ways:

  • Online on this page
  • If you are University of Nevada, Reno Faculty or Staff and would like to give via payroll deduction please click here or by calling the Foundation Office at (775) 784-1587
  • By mail: University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Mail Stop 0162, 1664 N Virginia St Reno, NV 89557-0162
    • Please make checks payable to University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and indicate that you'd like to support the College of Science Student Emergency Fund.
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