Funding Our Future

Student emergency fund
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Amid the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), giving back has never been more essential.

Babson’s community has risen to meet the resulting challenges head-on, supporting students through logistical, financial, and emotional struggles.

Inspired by the Melissa Shaak Emergency Fund, members of the entire Babson community have been first in line to pitch in to a new emergency fund created specifically for students whose learning and living situations have been disrupted.

“The college has had a long history of folks providing support to students on an ad-hoc basis, it seemed like an opportune moment where we could mobilize and centralize these efforts,” said Ryan Travia, associate dean of students for wellness.

Leading with their Hearts

The new fund supports everything from student storage, to Wi-Fi costs for online classes, to immediate travel needs like flights for students. Reserves also have assisted students forced to remain on campus during the outbreak, due to travel restrictions and unsafe conditions.

“It’s mission critical, and making a huge difference in the lives of our students,” said Travia.

Babson College alumni, parents, faculty and staff have jumped right in to lend a hand, making almost 130 gifts toward the fund only days after classes fully shifted online.


“It’s mission critical, and making a huge difference in the lives of our students.”
Ryan Travia, associate dean of students for wellness

“I’ve always been struck by the tremendous ethic of care folks in the Babson community demonstrate for one another,” Travia said. “Folks are leading with their hearts and finding the opportunity to provide what they can, when they can.”

Applications are typically reviewed in less than a day.

“The tremendous response from people on campus and around the world demonstrates that when times are tough, the Babson community comes together in inspiring ways,” said Edward Chiu, Governor Craig R. Benson Endowed Senior Vice President for Advancement.

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