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Delaware Fund


The Delaware Fund will support causes, programs and people that reflect the greatest need at the University of Delaware. The funds generated for the Delaware Fund will be directed at the discretion of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations ensuring that gifts support important issues facing UD. The priorities will change annually based on the needs of the institution. At the close of each fiscal year, the Development office will approve the distribution of funds to specific accounts that support the annual priorities.

CURRENT PRIORITIES

The 2019-2020 Delaware Fund supports the crucial needs of students through Disability Support Services and UD Alternative Breaks. The Disability Support Services Fund provides direct support to students with learning disabilities, medical and mental health conditions, and temporary injuries that limit their access to the UD environment. The UD Alternative Breaks Fund directly supports travel, housing, meals and other expenses to make it possible for students to participate in alternative break service experiences at UD. Contributions to the Delaware Fund help students stay focused on academic and life success, so that they may go on to positively impact local and global communities.

Disability Support Services currently supports 2,000 UD registered students. The office provides academic accommodations, assistive technology software and devices, and housing accommodations. Currently 1,035 students utilize some form of Assistive Technology which is “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” Assistive Technology provides access to people with disabilities and increases their ability to complete work or tasks independently as opposed to relying on others. Laws and guidelines in higher education say technology should always be used in place of a human if possible. Funds from the Delaware Fund will directly support Assistive Technology provided by Disability Support Services including Kurzweil, Read & Write, Sonocent, Live Scribe Smart Pens, Jaws, Zoom Text, Dragon Dictation and much more.

UD Alternative Breaks immerses student-led teams in direct service and experiential learning. Dedicated and passionate teams of students work with community organizations to increase students’ knowledge of social justice and commitment to active citizenship. Annually, across more than 25 weeklong programs, approximately 500 students participate in alternative breaks. Each program has a different focus such as environmental justice, domestic violence, disability support, literacy, race and racism, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and many more areas of social justice. These experiences are rooted in mutually beneficial service. Students work in collaboration with community organizations and individuals to promote a sense of ally ship and engagement before, during, and after the alternative break experience. Student fees and expenses for each program covers: travel, housing, meals, and any learning experience materials. Funds from the Delaware Fund will directly support students’ fees and expenses to make it possible for more students to participate in alternative break service experiences at UD.


IMPACT OF THE DELAWARE FUND

The 2018-2019 Delaware Fund supported the crucial needs of students through the Student Crisis Fund and the Student Internship Fund. The Student Crisis Fund provided monetary support to students experiencing an unforeseen crisis, such as a sudden death or illness in the family; or personal safety, food, or housing insecurity. The Student Internship Fund assists students pursuing critical, yet unpaid, internship experiences with funding that offsets financial barriers such as lost wages, travel costs and living expenses. Contributions to the Delaware Fund helped students stay focused on academic and life success, so that they may go on to positively impact local and global communities.

In 2017-2018, more than 5000 donors contributed $170,090 to the Delaware Fund. That total was divided evenly between the Blue Hen Success Grant and the General Scholarship Fund. Because of last year’s donor contributions, approximately 63 students could receive funding through the Blue Hen Success Grant and approximately 36 students could receive funding from the General Scholarship Fund this academic year.

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