Faculty and Staff - April 15, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

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, and I thank you for doing your part. 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 faculty, staff and community members 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 support 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. I am grateful for how you have shown up for our students amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Please direct students in need of assistance to Miranda Knight, assistant dean of students, for more details on obtaining emergency funding. 

For questions about the Student Emergency & Assistance Fund or giving to the fund, contact University Advancement at 803/323-2275, via email at giving@winthrop.edu  or visit justgiving.com/campaign/winthropstrong to make a gift. 

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



George W. Hynd
Interim President