Brock University business students in need of financial support have another opportunity to apply for funding.
The Goodman COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund was recently established by the Business Students’ Association (BSA) to support Goodman undergraduate students struggling financially because of the pandemic.
With their in-person events cancelled and programming moved online, the BSA saw an opportunity to redirect student levy funds that would continue to provide value to Goodman students.
“It was clear the pandemic would have lasting impacts financially on students for the coming year,” said Liana Biktimirova, BSA Vice-President of Finance. “Without the opportunity to work a summer job, many students lost the income they rely on to support themselves for the year. We wanted to use the money we saved from cancelling our large physical events to help students during this stressful time.”
The BSA donated $10,000 to establish 20 bursaries valued at $500 each. The short-term financial aid is part of Brock’s COVID-19 Student Emergency Bursaries, which was launched in April through funding from the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice-President, Research, the Brock University Students’ Union and the Graduate Students’ Association, as well as with donations from alumni, donors, faculty members and staff.
The Goodman emergency bursary also falls within the BSA’s Goodman Gives Back initiative, which included an inaugural charity gala in March that raised $3,000 for Community Care from ticket and raffle sales, as well as a matching campaign in support of organizations funding Black Lives Matter and Yemen and Lebanon crisis relief. BSA executives and directors, as well as executives from seven of Goodman’s student clubs, promised to use personal funds to match up to $2,500 in donations made by students. The campaign resulted in $1,000 in student donations and $2,500 in out-of-pocket donations from the student leaders.
Goodman students interested in applying for the Goodman COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund can apply online through Brock University’s OneApp.