Supporting students at Grinnell College

Please note: We will use the SOS Fund to directly support student expenses incurred as they travel home, or make alternative arrangements, for the remainder of the semester. The SOS Fund will be administered through the Financial Aid Office and we encourage all students in need of support to reach out to this office directly.

March 11, 2020

Dear Alumni and Friends of Grinnell College,

The instantaneous outpouring of support for College students, faculty, and staff in the face of our community’s rapidly evolving response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been truly amazing. We have been inundated with questions about how you can help support students and the campus community during this unprecedented time. In response to these inquiries, the College has created a special fund where financial contributions can be directed in support of students.

Gifts made to the newly created “Supporting Our Students Fund” (SOS Fund) will support immediate student needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gifts received will be used to help cover expenses such as students traveling home, shipping costs for clothes and other belongings, books, supplies and equipment needed to support distance learning, storage and holistic health care and any other unanticipated expenses incurred as a result of the pandemic.

We are doing everything we can to take care of all of our students. Any financial support you are inclined to offer will be incredibly meaningful and appreciated by our students. Thank you for your care and concern for our campus community. You have, once again, shown that Grinnellians rise to the occasion and take care of each other whenever needed.

Thank you for all that you do to support Grinnell College.

Jayn Bailey Chaney '05
Director of Alumni and Donor Relations