Fleming College distributes $415,000 to students during COVID-19 pandemic

Peterborough ON – (May 14, 2020) To assist with the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, Fleming College’s Student Emergency Fund provided $415,000 in financial aid support to 1,200 domestic and international students.

The fund was set up to support a variety of student needs during this critical time, including access to equipment for online learning and alternative delivery format, transportation, food and rent. Funding sources have been a combination of private contributions and government funds.  

“We are grateful to our generous donors for their continued support of student success, as well as provincial emergency funding which allowed the College to offer significant financial support to many of our students,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson.

The College issued cheques to students on May 1, 2020 and have received an outpouring of emails from students expressing gratitude and appreciation for the financial support.

“When the COVID-19 crisis shut down occurred, it was very stressful and hard to see the light at the end of all my hard work with this new hurdle in the road,” said Lisa McGlade, Business Administration – Accounting student. “I am very grateful for Fleming College’s financial support which has allowed me to focus on finishing my studies successfully.”

Financial need is urgent and ongoing. Fleming College will continue to fundraise in hopes to meet the increasing need of their students. There is a growing concern of how this pandemic will impact students beginning or resuming their studies in the spring and fall semesters, it’s anticipated that more funding will be required.

To learn more about the College’s response to COVID-19, please click here. The College and the community are coming together to stop the spread of this pandemic, and will come through this stronger than ever.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 75,000 alumni.


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