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As we navigate this ever-changing landscape, many alumni and friends have asked how they can help USC Upstate students who are adversely affected by the drastic changes that have impacted our current academic schedule. While USC Upstate has taken proactive steps to protect our campus community, we want to do even more to support our students on a personal level, especially those who are experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This public health crisis has already posed significant challenges to our university community. With the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students at the forefront of our minds, we have shifted from face-to-face classes to virtual instruction for all academic courses, as well as requested that members of our campus community remain offsite to help slow the spread of this virus.

As you know, many of our students work, receive financial assistance and care for their families as they complete their degrees. Now more than ever, our students are dealing with even more stress as they transition to virtual learning, see local jobs eliminated or hours cut short and find numerous programs and events canceled.


Let’s unite to help our students who are struggling during this unprecedented time. Please consider making a gift to one of the following funds that exist to assist students who are in need:

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SPARTAN STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND - There are times when emergencies can threaten a student’s ability to continue his or her education; therefore, the Spartan Student Emergency Fund provides necessary assistance to USC Upstate students in overcoming unforeseen circumstances to avoid educational interruptions.

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SPARTAN PANTRY - As part of the Spartans Care initiative, this fund assists with the purchase, collection, and distribution of food, non-perishable items and other essentials for USC Upstate students who are in need throughout the year.

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UPSTATE FUND - Fueling the areas of greatest need on campus, contributions to this fund make an immediate impact on the day to day lives of our students and the operations of the University.


Thank you for being a critical part of our university community. We might not know what lies ahead, but we do know that if we come together and rally behind our students, we will emerge even stronger.