Dear Woodbury Community:
I hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe during these challenging times. As we continue to navigate through unchartered territory, it is the University’s priority to look for new initiatives that will support our students and strengthen our mission of building a culture that values diversity and inclusion.
With this goal in mind, we are pleased to announce the launch of two new student scholarship and award funds that will go into effect at the start of the Fall 2020 semester.
As part of our responsibility to increase awareness of racism and inequality to the highest degree possible, we are launching the Woodbury Social Justice Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to new underrepresented students. The objective of this Fund is to work toward eradicating social injustice and ensuring lasting equality, respect, opportunity and justice for all.
The purpose of the Woodbury CARES Act Award is to provide additional financial support to existing students planning to return in Fall 2020 and who are facing financial barriers to re-enrolling. The University will distribute a total of $75,000 from a Department of Education Grant intended to be used for institutional expenditures, but which the University has decided to award to our existing students showing greatest need.
The attachments outline these initiatives. For more information on applying for these scholarships and awards, please visit our Scholarships and Financial aid page.
These scholarships and awards are additional examples of our focus on supporting our students during the pandemic and the social justice movement. The recently concluded Covid-19 Student Emergency Fund distributed about $102,000 to 240 students in need.
For updates on our continued actions towards social justice and for suggestions on how we can improve, please visit the Social Justice page on our website.
In conclusion, while we have faced unprecedented challenges, I am confident that together we will overcome, and in many cases improve on areas where we have fallen short in the past as a society.
David M. Steele-Figueredo, Ph.D.