College of Science Student Emergency Fund

Thank you for your generous support.

College of Science Student Emergency Fund

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 Our College of Science and Mackay Students Need Our Help

The College of Science Student Emergency Fund was established in July 2020 to aid students struggling with the many devastating effects of the global pandemic and to assist students during any unexpected financial hardship they may experience during their time as a student at UNR.  

The very real emergency the pandemic has caused for so many of our students could have postponed their educational journey or completely derailed it.  Through the generosity of our alums, faculty, community partners, and friends, we received over 365 donations totaling more than $230,000.  This incredible outpouring of care and thoughtfulness provided assistance to over 900 students during the 2020-21 academic year.

Going forward, and with your help, the College of Science will continue its mission to assist students with the challenges they encounter that may hinder their studies.  Big or small, emergencies happen every day and can greatly impact futures. 

Here are a few quotes from our students:

“I fear I may soon be forced to move out, discontinue my studies, or both.”

“I can’t afford my books and end up not able to do homework in the beginning of the semester.”

“It’s hard to know that you aren’t able to afford the more basic things, like food and gas.”

Your donation to the College of Science Student Emergency Fund will provide assistance for students who are struggling with their own personal emergencies.  The support and care they receive in times of need are often among the many positive memories that students take with them upon graduation and as they go out into the world.  

Please consider a making a gift to help our students in need. 

Every gift, no matter the size, will make a difference in our students’ lives.

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

By Phone: Call (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.

Payroll Deduction: 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

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