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#HoustonStrong: OHIO rallies to help fellow students in need

Monica Chapman | Sep 8, 2017



Ohio University today announced that it will be partnering with the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) to support students who have experienced severe hardship as a result of Hurricane Harvey. By donating to the Gator Relief Fund , Bobcats will assist UHD students with replacing textbooks, supplies and technology, in addition to other immediate education-related needs.

“This option is unique in that it directly benefits affected university students and will help to enable their continued education in the face of extraordinary circumstances,” said OHIO’s Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Pina. 

UHD is a Hispanic Serving Institution and a Minority Serving Institution located in downtown Houston. As the second largest institution in Houston, UHD serves primarily first-generation college students. Those wishing to contribute to UHD’s student relief efforts may visit https://giving.uh.edu/uhdowntown/default.asp and choose “Gator Relief Fund” in the dropdown menu.

According to Pina, OHIO’s fundraising efforts for UHD are the direct result of student input.

“Over the past week, we have fielded many questions from Ohio University students regarding how they can help with the ongoing hurricane relief efforts. Specifically, many students have expressed an interest in assisting fellow college students,” he said.

“Our thoughts are with all those who call southeast Texas home as they seek to rebuild,” said Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis. “This includes 140 current OHIO students, nearly 1,300 OHIO graduates, and our friends at the University of Houston-Downtown. Thank you in advance for any contribution you can make.”

New student emergency fund helps Bobcats in need

Want to support a Bobcat experiencing crisis? You can help a student in need by visiting  ohio.edu/give, and choosing “Ohio University Student Emergency Fund” from the drop-down fund menu. Your support will be directed to OHIO students who may need assistance in this, and future, emergencies. Student Affairs created the fund to provide students with relief in situations just like this. Having funds readily available will help OHIO respond immediately to students in need.