In collaboration with members of the Athens, Ohio, community and the International Student Task Force, an International Student Emergency Relief Fund has been established.
Ohio University’s international student population is in a unique and precarious position for summer. International students, according to immigration regulations, are unable to work off-campus without specific authorization. Many students who had authorization to work off-campus at paid internships lost those internship opportunities as businesses and office buildings in the United States closed according to state guidelines in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. In addition, many students who would have gone home for the summer and even those who have graduated are stuck in the United States as flights were cancelled and borders were closed.
Because their visas do not allow off-campus work, and the CARES Act funds are not available to these students as stipulated by the U.S. Department of Education, many of these students have no source of income for the summer. Bound to year-long rental leases and distressed at not being able to meet their financial responsibilities, international students are in need of support.
We hope that you will consider supporting this vulnerable community by making a gift to the International Student Emergency Relief Fund, which provides support to Ohio University's international students during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The anticipated total need for supporting international students through the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to exceed $450,000 - any gift of any amount will have an incredible impact!
Although this campaign has concluded, it's easy to give to Ohio University and support the International Student Emergency Relief Fund.