April 24, 2020
Dear Holy Family University Community,
I hope you are all doing well as we focus on finals and head towards the end of our spring semester. It has truly been a semester to remember, and I hope what we’ll be able to take from it is the ability to hope, pray and continue to persevere and reach for our dreams. These have been challenging times for all of us, including the University, and I’m heartened to share some good news with you.
As a result of the CARES Act, Holy Family University has received a commitment of $2 million in federal funding that will be distributed to students in need and also help reimburse the University for unforeseen expenses related to Covid-19. Since a significant portion of our student population relies on Pell grants, Holy Family is eligible to receive this funding and grateful for the opportunity to help students cover unplanned expenses for food, housing, technology, course materials, healthcare and childcare.
We are going through the necessary process of applying for these funds and working with students to submit their online emergency aid applications to meet the federal guidelines. We will keep you posted regarding distribution of these monies as this process continues and funds become available. As our students and their families feel the effects of our current economic situation, this should come as welcome relief during the 2020-2021 school year.
Given that 97 percent of our incoming students receive some sort of financial aid, we are fortunate to qualify for this strong support from the federal government. We are also fortunate to have such active supporters in our extended family of trustees, friends and alumni. Now, more than ever, we need to continue to expand our resources to meet the growing needs of our students, and I personally appreciate every individual and organization who has reached out to ask how they can help.
We are here first and foremost for our students, and we are truly all in this together. I appreciate the oneness of our Holy Family University family and all you do to make our University such a powerful learning ground and springboard for the future.
Sister Maureen, CSFN, PhD