University of Regina raising funds for students impacted financially by COVID-19

News Release Release Date: March 26, 2020 2:50 p.m.

During these challenging times, the University of Regina is asking the community to rally together to support students whose lives and finances have been impacted by COVID-19. By giving to the University’s Student Emergency Fund, community members are providing support to students when they need it most.

“Due to COVID-19, so many of our hardworking students – some of whom hold down not just one, but several part-time jobs – have had their hours cut or no longer have those jobs to go to at all,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina. “They are struggling to put food on the table, never mind find the funds to continue with their studies.”

Many U of R students with families need extra support when crisis strikes and they are caught trying to decide between buying diapers for their little ones or continuing their studies.

For the past five years, President Timmons and her husband Stuart Mason have hosted the University’s Prairie Kitchen Party to raise money for emergency funds for students who need immediate financial assistance for life’s necessities.

This year, of course, is different. COVID-19 means that people are self-isolating and practicing social/physical distancing. While those measures are necessary to flatten the COVID-19 curve, gatherings like the 6th annual Prairie Kitchen Party, slated for May 9, have had to be cancelled. That cancellation will leave the Student Emergency Fund precariously low on funds when our students are most in need of vital support.

Fundraising for the Student Emergency Fund has been moved online. Those wanting to support students when they need it most can give to the U of R Student Emergency Fund at

Students like Joyrell Thomson, who graduated in 2019 with a BSc with a major in Psychology, know what it means to receive a financial lifeline. The single mother of two, credits the emergency financial support she received from the University for her success.

“I would have given up on my dreams. It’s that simple. I had been working, parenting two young children, and doing my classes simultaneously. The classes I needed to take became more intense, and were only available during the day. That meant I couldn’t work. That was a problem, as I had no money left. I knew I was going to have to quit school to work, and I knew that when I did this I would never come back. Something would always come up that would convince me I needed to work a little while longer. When I saw that I had received support, I started to cry.. I didn’t have to quit.” 

The University of Regina Student Emergency Fund:

About The University of Regina:

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,500 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.


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