A message from president Gibson on helping NEIU students through the covid-19 crisis.
Dear NEIU family and friends:
We currently face a new reality as the impact of COVID-19 comes into focus. Thank you for your outpouring of good wishes and concern for Northeastern Illinois University and the students we serve. I am deeply grateful for your empathy and inquiries about how you can help.
Our students are navigating major disruptions to their livelihoods. Many have lost wages or off-campus jobs they depended upon. While moving classes online has been a critical safety measure, many students need access to computers and internet connectivity to make the adjustment. Others need support for food, housing, or emergency travel to care for themselves or loved ones. The list goes on.
Golden Eagles, here is how you can help. Please consider a gift of any size to the Student Emergency Fund. Established in 2018, this fund has already made a difference for many students. For example, English major Madeleine K., who received support from the fund in 2019, has an autoimmune disease. When she contracted influenza, Madeleine went to urgent care. Unfortunately, insurance did not cover the full cost and she received a bill for $375 that she could not afford to pay. The Student Emergency Fund was able to quickly grant her that funding so she could stay in school and keep the bill from going to collections.
The Student Emergency Fund fund is now deployed to support student hardships on a new scale brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. All funding raised will be administered by a dedicated committee of faculty and staff evaluators. The committee is poised to review student applications for aid so that we can provide speedy assistance to those with greatest need.
Your donation, of any level, will make a world of difference right now. Thank you for your consideration. Be safe, take care of yourselves, and know that we will rise above the challenges before us as only Golden Eagles can.
Gloria J. Gibson, Ph.D.
Read more about how the Student Emergency Fund has helped students in past years.
Giving to the NEIU Foundation today makes an immediate and significant impact on our students and an even larger impact on you, our donors and friends. Through private giving, you are able to impact University programs and departments influencing their industries and creating leaders in their fields.
Annually, the Foundation is able to support more than 300 students with scholarships - scholarships that can change the trajectory of a student's academic career. Private giving also provides alumni and friends the opportunity to invest in innovation and creativity in their departments or programs.
These monumental goals can't be reached without donors and friends who want to help transform student lives through giving.
Named as one of the Midwest's "Best Investments," along with MIT, Harvard and Stanford, Northeastern and the NEIU Foundation strive to effectively and affordably contribute to the education of our students, so they leave our University with a world-class education and minimal or no debt! We partner with you to build scholarships and other education-enhancing support that allows our students to reach graduation, study abroad, conduct research and present at national conferences, and partner with reputable, established institutions on real-world projects and issues.
Your gifts help to prepare our students to “learn in the city, and lead in the world,” and we thank you for being a part!