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May 26, 2020

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Nicolet College Foundation creates Student Emergency Assistance Fund to help students through COVID-19 outbreak

Nicolet College students affected by the COVID-19 virus outbreak and subsequent closure of area businesses where they worked can now apply for financial assistance through the Nicolet College Foundation.

In response to the situation, the Foundation has created the new Student Emergency Assistance Fund to help students continue their education and meet daily needs, Nicolet Foundation President Sally Mode explained in a press release issued March 27.

"We are in uncharted territory and the impact this virus is having on our students is unprecedented," Mode said. "Many students work in our local communities but are unable to work because they are being asked to go home for the public's safety. We created the fund to protect the health and safety of students struggling during these difficult times."

Students can apply for emergency funding by visiting nicoletcollege.edu and clicking on the Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources and Updates link at the top of the homepage, the release states.

Once there, students should scroll down to the Emergency Student Financial Assistance section for the link to the application.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund can go to the same page and click on the donation link.

The Nicolet College Criminal Justice student club was one of the first to donate to the fund, contributing $1,000 for emergency assistance.

The student club commonly holds fundraisers throughout the year with the money going to help members attend student professional development activities across the state.

"This year those events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Phil Schmidt, Nicolet Criminal Justice instructor and club advisor.

"In light of that, club members decided that they wanted to donate $1,000 to the Foundation's Student Emergency Assistance Fund. They saw this as a great way to help their fellow students struggling financially because of the virus outbreak. It's inspiring to see students helping students during these challenging times."

The fund is designed to help students buy food, help with living expenses, and pay for unexpected medical and dental emergencies, the release notes.

"These are challenging times for us all, but especially for students without the financial means to weather this global event," Mode said.

For more information, contact Nicolet College Foundation Executive Director Heather Schallock at (715) 365-4518.

In related activities, the college is also helping area health care facilities meet demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The college's Health Occupations and Public Safety programs recently donated a wide variety of medical supplies to Northwoods health care clinics and facilities to help treat patients.

These items have included isolation gowns, ear loop face masks, medical gloves, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer, along with other items.

To limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Nicolet College suspended classes March 17 and converted all classes to online instruction or other distance learning technology on March 23.

These modes of instructional delivery will continue until at least April 24, the last day of the spring term.

The college has also closed all buildings to the public until further notice. College personnel are available by phone and email to provide assistance. Students with questions specific to their classes or schedules should contact their instructors or success coach/academic advisor, call (715) 365-4493, or email inquire@nicoletcollege.edu.

Other individuals looking to conduct business with the college can call or email staff directly or use the phone number and email address above.





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