Thank you for supporting students in need

Universities play a vital role in educating and addressing climate change, and Monash’s Net Zero Initiative is an exemplar of what can be achieved.

Monash University would like to extend a sincere thank you to our generous community for their support of our students experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Student Hardship Appeal has raised over $1 million, inclusive of the University’s matched funding. This money is critical in providing students in need with an emergency grant to help with necessities such as food, bills and study materials.

Monash is extremely proud of the way the entire community has come together to provide much-needed support to our students. Alumnus and Philanthropy Campaign Council member James Hawkins reached out to fellow alumni Ian Carson, co-founder of SecondBite, to deliver frozen meal packages to thousands of students experiencing hardship. Working in partnership with Fareshare, SecondBite has been able to deliver more than 2000 meal packages each week across all our Australian campuses, with student volunteers helping with distribution.

Times are tough right now for many. That’s why it’s even more inspiring to see the wider Monash community come together to support our students, who in a matter of weeks, found themselves in vulnerable circumstances.

Even during these uncertain times, the spirit of generosity shines through.

“Thank you so much. When I was made redundant in March I instantly thought I would have to pull out of this course as I had no idea where I would get the money to pay for the subjects upfront. It gave me so much hope and I feel so committed to this course now.”
- Emma

“I was able to pay my rent and manage my livelihood expenses for another month. I am forever indebted for [your] kindness. It is undoubtedly a huge factor in me continuing at Monash University.”
- Joel

“I'm very grateful to the alumni and donors who have helped students like myself throughout this unprecedented time.  Times are tough for a lot of people right now but it's been refreshing to be a part of the Monash community through this global crisis.  A little kindness goes a long way. Thank you.”
- Rose