As a graduate or supporter of Bellarmine, you have experienced firsthand the amazing experience we provide for our students. That continues today in all that we do for them—in mind, body and spirit.
The unprecedented global crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted the lives of many of our most vulnerable students, affecting their personal and financial stability. Remember, one-fourth of our students are Pell Grant eligible, meaning they are among the neediest students in the nation.
Some lack internet access or other tools needed for our current online instruction. Others have food insecurity issues at home. Some students or their parents may lose their jobs and struggle to pay rent.
We must help these students now, in this time of urgent need. To do so, we are postponing our annual Day of Giving and launching an immediate campaign. We are calling it Knights Helping Knights—because that is what we do.
The campaign will launch on Monday, March 23, and will bring the Bellarmine community together to support our most desperately affected students through the crisis. Your financial support of the Knights Helping Knights Fund will help provide emergency assistance such as internet access, food, student aid and scholarships, and other emergency needs we haven’t even identified yet as the situation evolves.
We know that the coronavirus is affecting everyone. We also know that the Bellarmine family cares about its own. Hospitality is a core value at Bellarmine; these extraordinary times call for what one of our Student Affairs professionals has termed “radical hospitality.” We appreciate anything that you can do to help us support our neediest Knights through this challenging situation. Thank you!