Falcon Strong: Support our Students

As of 8/13 at 10:01 a.m., $191,878.36 has been raised from 906 gifts to help BGSU students.

BGSU Students need your help

June 09, 2020

The generous $10,000 match to the Student Emergency Fund by Dean Ray Braun '80 and Dr. Theresa Popp Braun '80, '85', '16 has successfully been met!


$3,800 in new commitments is still needed to match Dr. Theresa Popp Braun’s $5,000 challenge to donors to support the Firelands Emergency Aid for Students Fund, in remembrance of the pride and passion George Mylander ’58, ’70, ’03 (Hon.) had for Firelands students, public education and the local community by making a gift to the Firelands.


Since March 18, $239,117.98 has been awarded to students facing unforeseen financial challenges due to COVID-19, thanks to the generous supporters of the Student Emergency Fund and the Firelands Emergency Aid for Students Fund. To date, 667 students have received emergency aid for rent, food or to maintain internet access for their academic courses. Thank you for your generous support of these efforts!


Although the CARES Act provides funding to many BGSU students to address these needs, some do not qualify for CARES Act funds and will rely on emergency support contributions from donors to achieve their goals of a college education. 


As summer session begins, the need for these student financial challenges continues.  Currently more than 130 students who are not eligible to receive CARES Act funding are also not able to receive support from the Student Emergency Fund because all contributions have been distributed.  Please consider making an additional gift, or encouraging support from your Falcon network to help our students stay on track to graduate.


Thank you for your consideration of a contribution to support BGSU students in need.

#GivingTuesdayNOW allows your gift to go further

May 05, 2020

Thanks to the generosity of BGSU College of Business Dean Ray Braun '80 and Dr. Theresa Popp Braun '80, '85, '16, matching gift opportunities are available to help our students when they need it most! They have pledged a dollar-for-dollar match of all gifts up to $10,000 for the Student Emergency Fund and up to $5,000 for the Firelands Student Emergency Fund. Check out the fundraising page for more details.

$125,000 Raised and Counting

May 01, 2020

On behalf of more than 500 BGSU students who have benefited from the Student Emergency Fund, thank you for your generosity. 


In just over one month, Falcon supporters have added more than $125,000 to the fund, to help our students pay their rent, buy food, or maintain internet access to stay on track to graduate. 


To date, more than $200,000 has been distributed to BGSU students, and requests for assistance continue.


Please read more about the impact you’ve made here


Thank you, #FalconFamily!

An Update from Chris Bullins, Dean of Students

April 15, 2020

Since March, more than 820 students have submitted applications to receive financial assistance from the Student Emergency Fund. In 2019, fewer than 20 applications were submitted all year. This difference demonstrates the unexpected hardships our students are facing in the current crisis posed by COVID-19. Most of these applications have come from students seeking help to pay for rent and food and to maintain internet access for online learning.


Thanks to the generous donors of the Student Emergency Fund prior to the COVID-19 crisis and the outpouring of support during the past few weeks, BGSU has provided more than $130,000 in support to students in need.


We expect that many more students will be request help from the Student Emergency Fund in the weeks and months to come. Please continue to share our efforts to support fellow Falcons in need during this difficult time, so we can help keep every student on track to graduate.


More than $50,000 raised in one week!

March 26, 2020

Thank you for your generous support to Emergency Relief for our Falcon Family! Your contributions to support our students are making a positive impact on the lives of BGSU students who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, helping them continue their education and stay on track to graduate.  


The Office of the Dean of Students is working diligently to receive, review and finalize disbursements from the Student Emergency Fund. Applications from students in need are coming in daily, at an unprecedented rate, and we anticipate many more as the financial impact of this health crisis continues to evolve.


During this time away from campus, we ask you to share words of encouragement, tips on working from home or a favorite BGSU memory using the hashtag #FalconFamily. These messages can be viewed on the Emergency Relief for our Falcon Family fundraising webpage, and social media.


Our students need our support now more than ever. Let’s make sure they know how much we care!