Randolph-Macon College Seeks Community Support for Students Affected by Katrina

September 09, 2005 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Ashland, VA – Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, is offering immediate assistance to college students who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Many students have paid their tuition for the upcoming fall semester to one of the universities closed because of hurricane damage and refunds are uncertain at this time.

Therefore, Randolph-Macon College is offering free tuition and room for the 2005 fall semester to students who have this need. The college also has created additional residential spaces for these students if they need to live on campus.

Currently, Randolph-Macon has accepted seven students from Tulane, Loyola and Xavier universities and the University of New Orleans, and is expecting a number of others to arrive soon.

However, while Randolph-Macon will provide free tuition and room, there are other significant expenses that each student will have to cover including meals, books, personal essentials and school supplies. Many of these students had already stocked their rooms prior to Hurricane Katrina, only to be evacuated and left with nothing.

In an effort to help with this, Randolph-Macon is starting the Student Katrina Relief Fund. All tax-deductible gifts will provide the immediate assistance to these young men and women for their necessities.

“We have received an overwhelming number of inquiries from Randolph-Macon and the greater community asking how they can help these students,” said Randolph-Macon’s President, Roger Martin.

“Many of the students that recently arrived were evacuated from their homes and schools and were left with nothing. Supporting this fund will help us reach out to these students and have a profound effect on their quality of life while at Randolph-Macon.”

The Town of Ashland is also encouraging support for this effort.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our generous and caring community to help these students feel at home,” said Ashland Mayor and town council member, Faye Prichard. “As a college town, we can each make a difference in their lives and provide comfort in their time of need by reaching out to Randolph-Macon and supporting their efforts.”

If you would like to support the Student Katrina Relief Fund, please make checks payable to:

Randolph-Macon College
c/o Development Office
P.O. Box 5005
Ashland, VA 23005-5505

(In the bottom left-hand corner, please indicate that it is for the Katrina Student Relief Fund.)

For more information on the Student Katrina Relief Fund, please contact Anne Marie Lauranzon at Randolph-Macon College at (804) 752-7317 or at alauranz@rmc.edu.

All admissions correspondence should be directed to Steven Nape, R-MC’s director of admissions at (804) 752-7305 or at snape@rmc.edu.