TORONTO, ONTARIO - As the global fight against COVID-19 continues, Humber College has rallied to address the economic needs of its most vulnerable students. Responding to a surge in demand for emergency financial support, Humber has set up the COVID-19 Support Our Students (SOS) Fund.

In support of the campaign, IGNITE is donating $250,000 towards the fund. This is the Student Union’s second significant donation to help students during the coronavirus crisis. In addition, many members of the Humber community including faculty, staff, alumni, donors and partners have already contributed. Humber is also matching gifts for a limited time.

“Our halls, whether brick or virtual, will always be a place where students can find support. The future is in our hands and it is our responsibility to protect it,” said Monica Khosla, president, IGNITE. “IGNITE is proud to contribute to the COVID-19 SOS Fund so students can reach their full potential and our community can thrive.” 
 
The SOS Fund is open to returning domestic and international students currently living in Canada and registered in full-time postsecondary programs in the Summer 2020 term. Many Humber students are facing significant challenges as they deal with the disruption of their studies and loss of employment. They are also struggling with expenses related to tuition, books, technology, food, rent, and health and wellness needs.  
 
"The COVID-19 SOS Fund will provide financial assistance to students experiencing urgent need at this time," said Chris Whitaker, President, Humber College. "The response so far from members of the College community has been remarkable, and we know that more will be needed in the coming weeks and months so that we can continue to help as many students as possible."  
 
Since mid-March Humber has received more than 5,000 applications for support. So far, the college has been able to help 2,300 students, distributing more than $1.2 million in emergency funds through the college, IGNITE and the provincial government. Donations to the SOS Fund can be made on the website.

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning   
Humber College is focused on our students' future. As a global leader in polytechnic education, Humber students receive in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections. Humber provides career-focused education to more than 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students across three campuses. A comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, Ontario graduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates, prepare career-ready global citizens to move seamlessly from education to employment. More than 86 per cent of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca. 

Are you a student looking for support?
Please contact finaid@humber.ca or visit humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid/scholarships-bursaries/bursaries.html

MEDIA - For more information, please contact:  
Nadia Araujo  
Media Relations and External Communications Specialist  
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning  
nadia.araujo@humber.ca | 416.580.1364