FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) — The Student Emergency Assistance Fund at The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary provides support for students adversely affected by crisis or emergency. The fund existed prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but recent events have caused the school’s administrators and Office of Institutional Advancement to place special emphasis on it in order to meet the needs of seminary and college students adversely affected by the current crisis.
“At Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College, students are the most important constituency of our institution,” Southwestern Seminary President Adam W. Greenway said. “It is my firm commitment that our institution will do everything in our power to assist students who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. I urge all Southwesterners to contribute generously to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund.”
While noting the circumstances of the pandemic are “continually evolving,” Kevin Caffey, associate vice president for enrollment management, said “students’ health, safety and well-being remain a top priority.”
“Understanding that many have been affected by the current crisis,” Caffey said, “ SWBTS administrative leaders, in partnership with the Office of Institutional Advancement, have worked with our network of donors and churches to obtain funding to assist students during this trying time
The student emergency assistance fund provides financial assistance for housing costs, medical bills, educational costs, groceries and other emergency needs. It is designed to enable students who, for example, lost their jobs due to COVID-19 to keep utilities on, rent paid and basic necessities accounted for.
“Our Southwesterners remain resolute in their calling, and many are doing so much ministry even in these difficult times,” SWBTS Dean of Women Terri Stovall said. “But they need to know that we are still here for them. The Student Emergency Assistance Fund is a way for those of us who have enough to give to those who have sacrificed much to answer God’s call of ministry in a time of want.
“I have seen the fund provide food to get our single dorm girls through to the next week. I have seen others exhale a sigh of relief that today’s need has been met.”
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Source: Baptist Press