Dear members of the King’s community,
Since learning of COVID-19 and the response to it required of all of us, I’ve been moved by the encouragement and support our alumni and friends have shown for our students as we navigate this unsettling time together. Much was asked of our students as their time together ended prematurely and they transitioned to online teaching and learning. For some, this meant loss of part-time employment and/or the incurring of additional and unexpected travel and relocation costs. I thank those who spontaneously responded to our Student Emergency Relief Fund. This has helped. Emergency bursaries are still being made available to students in financial need due to the university’s response to COVID-19.
The coming academic year will bring fresh challenges. We know that many students will lose or be unable to secure summer employment and face other financial constraints from COVID-19 that will make the coming year difficult. We continue to work with other universities, in Nova Scotia and across the country, to ensure provincial and federal governments understand this and respond with increases in the financial support they provide to university students. But we know our students will face COVID-19 related impacts beyond whatever additional funding governments provide.
I understand that many of you, including recent graduates and those who have had your own income adversely affected by the pandemic, will not be able to contribute. Your support in other ways will continue to be greatly appreciated. If you are in a position to help, you can join me in doing so now through the Student Emergency Relief Fund.
We encourage gifts of any amount. Your giving will make a difference and is appreciated by all of us at King’s—most especially by our students who will need our support in the challenging days ahead.
President and Vice-Chancellor