December update: With the match, more than $330,000 was raised thanks to Central Indiana businesses and individuals alongside a generous matching gift.
Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees member, Marianne Glick, and her spouse, Mike Woods, have committed $500,000 in matching funds across the state for Ivy Tech’s newly established COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist students with emergency financial needs.
The COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide increased flexibility to assist campuses in meeting unforeseen challenges head-on in the coming days. Ivy Tech Central Indiana has $100,000 available in matching funds for all campuses in the region. The fund will be entirely supported by charitable donations and gifts at any level to help meet the campus’ time-sensitive needs.
“We wanted to do something to help Ivy Tech students at this challenging time,” Marianne Glick said. “We hope this gift will inspire others to open their hearts to enable our students to have access to the resources they need to stay in school and stay healthy.”
Ivy Tech’s President Sue Ellspermann announced that all campus buildings have been closed and over 70,000 students, faculty and staff will operate in an online instructional virtual environment.
“As always, our top priority is to safeguard the health and well-being of our students,” said Ellspermann. “Many of our students already faced challenges including juggling work, family and school, food insecurity, childcare needs, and even housing uncertainty. We are incredibly humbled and grateful for Marianne and Mike, and their generous pledge of $500,000 in matching funds across the state. This makes it possible for us to truly help our students who need it now more than ever.”
For more information on the COVID-19 Relief Fund and where to donate please visit impact.ivytech.edu/COVID.Relief.Fund.