Approximately 4,000 of our domestic students are feeling the greatest hardship from the pandemic. These are students who are already experiencing disadvantage from low socio-economic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, those from rural and regional areas, and students with a disability.
It has been estimated that nearly half of our 3,500 international onshore students will need additional financial support at this time. There are no other financial supports available to these students and many face difficulties returning to their home countries due to the travel restrictions currently in place.
The University has made a substantial contribution to creating a COVID-19 Student Support Package, beginning with relief payments of $500 made in April to students with urgent and immediate need. The establishment of the Matthew Flinders Scholarship Fund for students experiencing hardship is another crucial step in supporting vulnerable students.
With so many students in distress, our Flinders community have helped to make this support widely available – with around 1,900 scholarships awarded to students this year. As the repercussions of COVID-19 continue to impact students we are seeking to grow the number of scholarship opportunities available. You can help by giving to the Matthew Flinders Scholarship Fund to ensure we all thrive together.
Your support will help students with their essential basic living needs, such as food and rent, along with the technology to study online. Reducing the financial stress for these students will help relieve their anxiety and enable them to continue to focus on their studies.
For many, this will be an all-important morale boost that means the difference between continuing their studies at Flinders - or ending their educational aspirations altogether. Please don’t let COVID-19 be a barrier to the talented students of today fulfilling their potential for tomorrow.
The Staff Workplace Giving Program provides a new giving pathway for staff to make fortnightly contributions to support students. 100% of your donations will support Flinders University students through the Matthew Flinders Scholarship Fund.