With coronavirus safety measures ramping up around the country, many Americans are struggling to find resources and support to get through the pandemic.
Scholly, the scholarship app that connects families to hundreds of scholarships, has launched the Scholly COVID-19 Student Relief Fund to help students and parents with cash assistance to buy the essentials needed to survive while they practice social isolation, while they are in quarantine or while they are unable to work.
In a press release sent to Blavity, Scholly stated they will provide up to $200 to each family on a rolling basis. Students and parents should apply as soon as possible to be considered.
“Scholly’s brand and product has been built by students for students, so the company feels it is our duty to step in and help as many students as possible,” Scholly CEO Christopher Gray said. “We are working with foundations, brands, and other startups to raise as much as we can to make a real impact. Scholly has helped students win $100 million dollars in scholarships, so helping them during this crisis is a no brainer for our company.”
Students can apply at myscholly.com/relief. If approved, applicants will be sent instructions on how to access funds.
“We have some family foundations and individual donors backing this, and our goal is to help as many families as possible ASAP,” Gray said in an email to Blavity.
Businesses and institutions are enacting precautions to protect their networks of staff and students as the outbreak infects more people. Colleges are sending students home for the rest of the semester, and many businesses are extending work from home options for employees, per the CDC’s recommendation on avoiding large gatherings.
Students across the country are having their commencement ceremonies suspended or outright canceled. Some college campuses are also struggling to house displaced students.
At Harvard, students were told on March 10 that they had until that Sunday, March 15, to vacate the campus. Harvard released a statement saying the campus will remain open and students who need to stay will receive instruction and should prepare for limited on-campus activities and interactions.
According to Boston College's website, the institution — which gave notice to students on March 11 to vacate by March 15 — has said students who need to stay in university housing due to international travel restrictions or "serious personal reasons" will have to get written permission from the Office of Residential Life to remain in their dorms.
Moving company U-Haul will be offering free storage for 30 days to college students who have been displaced because of coronavirus-related provisions. U-Haul offers regular customers a deal worth 30 days of free storage when they rent a U-Haul truck or trailer, but this deal won't require students to purchase or rent anything.
"There is no purchase of any kind necessary for the current offer to college students," U-Haul spokesperson Jeff Lockridge told Insider. "It is merely a gesture of goodwill given the extraordinary circumstances taking place and our ability to help.
Although many of us are being encouraged to practice social isolation, it doesn’t mean we have to totally isolate ourselves from others. Supporting organizations like Scholly can be a simple way to do some good from the comfort of your own home.
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