Alumni and Friends - March 31, 2020

Dear Alumni and Friends, 

The needs of Winthrop students are rapidly changing in the wake of COVID-19 and many are dealing with unexpected financial hardships. In response, Winthrop has created the Student Emergency & Assistance Fund to help students who are faced with difficulties during this unique time. 

The campus community has already shown a strong commitment to accommodating student needs and expectations. Now there is an even greater need for students juggling issues with housing and moving expenses, food insecurities, transportation, resources required for remote learning, and other related basic needs. 

Many members of the Winthrop community had already expressed interest in how they could provide support to students. This newly created fund will provide the opportunity for us to contribute any monetary level of support that will quickly reach those students who have been adversely affected by the campus closure and the transition to remote learning.

In my short time here I’ve been amazed at how everyone has come together to ensure that our students remain our top priority. The speed with which this fund was created is yet another example of how the Winthrop community always stands ready to help our own.

If you are able and have the desire to give, your support—of any amount—to the emergency fund will quickly reach those students in crisis.

For questions about the Student Emergency & Assistance Fund or giving to the fund, call 803/323-2275 or visit

I thank you in advance for your consideration as we work together to support our fellow Eagles. 



George W. Hynd 
Interim President