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. The Dean of the College of Science initiated the College of Science Student Emergency Fund during the summer of 2020 in anticipation of students entering the Fall 2020 semester suffering under the financial, emotional, and physical impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before the semester even began, the College received 355 requests for assistance from students who shared their struggles to make tuition, pay fees, buy books, make their rent, and purchase food.  Many of them had lost their jobs or saw severely reduced hours.  Many also shared broader stories of family members losing their jobs, becoming ill with the virus, and uncertainty about the future.

Through the very generous support of alumni and friends, the College was able to help every one of the 355 students who asked for aid.  These gifts had an enormous impact, however the financial stress felt by many College of Science and Mackay School students, has only intensified. 757 students (26% of our spring undergraduate enrollment) have applied for assistance from the College of Science Student Emergency Fund.   

These gifts have an enormous impact:  

“I’m currently only relying on aid to pay for my living costs including rent, groceries, etc. in addition to school fees and books. I am dependent on my parents but my father is unemployed due to COVID and my mother also supports my siblings. The funds will provide relief for myself and my family, for example food for the month.”

Testimonials like this one and the dozens more that we received, are reminders of the very real difference being made in the lives of students through the generosity of donors.

We are asking you to join us in supporting our students by making a gift to the

 College of Science Student Emergency Fund.

Please help ensure our students receive the assistance they so greatly need. Every gift, no matter the size, will make a difference in our students’ lives.

“The COS emergency fund will help me with textbooks, food and rent. Due to COVID, my hours are limited at my job and I do not have the ability to fully supply myself with necessities this semester. This will allow me to pay for my textbooks and access codes.”

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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