President Yager Announces Student Support Challenge

August 20, 2020

Dear UArts supporters,
 
UArts exists for one purpose, and one purpose alone: our students. I’ll be blunt: Some of our students are in trouble, and we need your help to make a difference in their lives. Every day, we speak to more and more students who want to be at UArts for the start of classes on Aug. 31 but are falling just short of this goal due to new hardships related to the impact of COVID-19.
 
Their stories reflect a broad range of hardships: a family dealing with the expense and challenges of caring for an extremely ill family member with COVID; owners of a small restaurant that has had to close; a father who is supporting a spouse and five children, and is now facing a sharp lack of customers in his independent small business; and a parent making the difficult decision to quit a job to provide childcare and schooling to younger siblings throughout the pandemic.
 
But what is most remarkable is how, despite these challenges, many students are still very close to meeting their cost. With a relatively modest gift, they could continue their education. For example, of those students who have registered and want to enroll at UArts but are struggling to meet their total cost of attendance, 67 of them have an outstanding need of fewer than $5,000 for the semester.
 
Per semester, some students need as little as $1,500—equaling $3,000 for the year—while others are in need of greater amounts up to $5,000 per semester for a total of $10,000 a year. Yesterday morning, I shared this urgent need with the Finance Committee of our Board of Trustees. Two generous trustees immediately agreed to make gifts of $50,000 each—for a combined total of $100,000—which will go toward supporting these UArts students.
 
Together, we ask this: How many students can you support? We are asking you to meet the emergency need of one or more students with a gift ranging from $3,000 to $10,000. Your gift can be paid at once, or half now for the fall term and the other half in January for the spring term. Together, we know we can meet the needs of at least these 67 students.

In a post-pandemic world, we want our students to graduate ready for the creative lives ahead of them. Don’t allow this pandemic to knock them off their feet before they’ve even had a chance to begin.
 
Join us and help us make up the difference. You can donate today by going to uarts.edu/donatenow and designating your gift to the Student Support Challenge. We have only days to close the gap for these students.
 
 
Best wishes,
David Yager
President & CEO