Lehman College and partners raise $500K for students during coronavirus pandemic

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Lehman College announced a half million dollar fundraiser that will go towards supporting students in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Called, “The Campaign for Lehman College,” proceeds have been providing funding to support students in need of food and housing security, scholarships and general operating support to sustain services and to meet emergencies as they arise during the coronavirus pandemic.

“When the coronavirus hit New York City, the Lehman College community immediately understood the pandemic could lead to disaster for many of its students, most of whom live in the under-resourced Bronx,” said Lehman College President Daniel Lemons, adding that the school aims to grow that fund to $1 million this year.

An estimated $480,000 of the fund was raised in part by Robin Hood, The Seidenberg Family Foundation, Inc., and two anonymous donors as well who had specifically contributed $225,000 to the cause.

“Education is critical to mobility from poverty, and we are proud to stand alongside Lehman College to help these remarkable students who are working hard to build better lives for themselves and their families,” said Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood.

A faculty- and staff-led initiative, Lehman Cares, also raised $55,000 for student emergencies and scholarships, the college announced.

As Lemons noted, Lehman is avidly looking for additional donors and partners, with the goal of raising at least $1 million to support students with urgent needs as the pandemic and its economic effects continue to unfold.

“The Campaign for Lehman College, with a goal of raising $1 million, seeks support for students who need our help now and to expand the scholarship pool to support students through the summer and fall,” he said.

To contribute to The Campaign for Lehman College, visit here.

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