[Lehman College\Fundraising Initiative]
Lehman President Daniel Lemons: “The Campaign for Lehman College, with a goal of raising $1 million, seeks support for students who need our help now and to expand the scholarship pool to support students through the summer and fall.”
Lehman College is raising funds to help students who are struggling because of COVID-19.
The fundraising initiative Lehman College launched in March has been providing funding to support students affected by food and housing security, scholarships and general operating support to sustain services and to meet emergencies as they arise during the coronavirus pandemic.
Robin Hood, The Seidenberg Family Foundation, Inc., and two anonymous foundation donors have raised a collective $480,000 for the campaign. In addition, a faculty- and staff-led initiative, Lehman Cares, has raised $55,000 for student emergencies and scholarships.
Staff began to distribute the student emergencies funds immediately, but with more than 500 applications for $500 microgrants requested so far, need has quickly outpaced demand.
Lehman is avidly seeking additional donors and partners, with the goal of raising at least $1 million to support students with urgent needs as the pandemic and its economic effects continue to unfold.
“When the coronavirus hit New York City, the Lehman College community immediately understood the pandemic could lead to disaster for many of its students, most of whom live in the under-resourced Bronx, where the median income is $30,000 a year and health outcomes are consistently the worst in the state,” Lehman President Daniel Lemons, said. “The Campaign for Lehman College, with a goal of raising $1 million, seeks support for students who need our help now and to expand the scholarship pool to support students through the summer and fall.”