The Bruin Tech Fund Grant has been established to meet the needs of students who may not have the resources to purchase the technology at home on their own to continue to excel in their courses in a virtual environment.
Students who normally rely on access through campus WIFI, loaner laptops from the library and direct access to professors are experiencing disruption to their studies. This innovative opportunity ensures that amidst the stress of an uncertain time, no undergraduate student is left behind because of financial need.
Distribution of donor funds is being administered by a special task force and UCLA's Financial Aid Office with mini-grants of up to $1,000 per student request.
In the four weeks since Dean and Vice Provost Patricia Turner provided the application channel, over 2,000 grant requests have come in from students, and the anticipated need has grown from $500,000 to more than $1,000,000. With additional funds pitched in by leaders across campus, the total support raised to date is more than $765,000, and more than 665 grateful students have been awarded funding.
There is still a great need: As students enter the second week of the spring quarter, hundreds of applications are still being reviewed. We do not yet know the extent of future needs but anticipate more support will be needed in the coming months.
As part of the Bruin family, we can rise to this challenge and send the message that, in times of crisis, Bruins are there for each other. Please continue to share this campaign with those who might be able to help.
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