As we continue to face the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19, we want to thank our supportive community for enabling Seneca and our students to adapt so quickly to the difficult circumstances, now the realities of everyday life.
To date, thanks to contributions from Seneca, the provincial government (Ministry of Colleges and Universities), and the Seneca Student Federation (SSF), 15,354 students received support payments to offset emergency needs due to COVID-19.
An additional 2,346 students who were impacted by COVID-19 received financial support thanks to our amazing Seneca community of donors, alumni, employees, community partners and the SSF.
And with the closing of our physical campuses, many students were missing out on the much-needed on-campus food support the SSF provides, every semester. To help fill in this gap, Seneca Advancement has partnered with the SSF to provide students with a $25 grocery store e-card. To date, 1,783 students have received a $25 grocery store e-card.
If you are in the position and have capacity to support our students, please consider contributing to the Seneca COVID-19 Relief Support Bursary.
Your generous gift will help Seneca students now and in the future.
Loss of job
75 per cent of Seneca students had their employment affected by COVID-19
59 per cent of Seneca students can no longer afford one or more household expenses (rent, utilities) because of COVID-19
27 per cent of Seneca students have experienced food insecurity due to COVID-19
Medical and wellness
89 per cent of Seneca students are feeling anxiety and uncertainty about their future plans
Family, child and elder care
32 per cent of Seneca students care for dependants
28 per cent of Seneca students considered not enrolling this year due to remote learning challenges
Source: Seneca/Seneca Student Federation Survey, October 2020
“This support coming during the difficult time we are all experiencing is such a blessing, and I could not be more thankful! It’s been quite stressful to think about how I’m going to afford tuition and rent at the same time. THANK YOU! I feel honoured to receive your support and please rest assured, it will help me immensely.”
Alice Maria Guimaraes Bento, student, Social Service Worker
“This award will help greatly as I try to minimize my student debt while attending Seneca. It means a great deal to have assistance from people who understand the struggle to pay for an education, especially during these uncertain times.”
Jack Prucha, student, Firefighter, Pre-Service Education & Training
“This bursary will help me to pay for my living expenses as I continue to pursue my education. Being unable to work the hours required to make ends meet during this time, I am very appreciative. It will help combat some of the financial stress I have been facing. I would like to say thank you again to every donor. I am extremely grateful for your support.”
Janica Clarence, student, Social Service Worker – Immigrants & Refugees
Thank you to our generous donors for supporting our COVID-19 Relief initiatives. We are grateful to the Seneca community for coming together to impact the lives of our students who will continue to grapple with the economic fallout of the pandemic.
If you donated, your name will be added within one to two weeks of your contribution.
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