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Student Emergency Fund

Pokes Make the Difference

Support UW students facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 global pandemic

Thank You

On behalf of the students of the University of Wyoming, we would like to thank you! Together, we have met our goal of a student emergency of fund of $500,000. Students are applying for funds through Friday, April 17, and funds will be awarded in the following weeks.

A huge debt of gratitude to all the donors who gave to the Pokes Make the Difference Student Emergency Student Fund and to the UW Foundation Board who provided the match that doubled your $250,000 to $500,000!

Also, a special thanks to Acting President Neil Theobald for his leadership in the effort and to student leaders—ASUW President Jason Wilkins, ASUW Director of Wellness and Sustainability Anna Savage, and Sustainability Coalition Co-Chairs Addison Marr and Caitlin McLennan. These students came together during a stressful time and worked with UW Administration to propose the fund, research best practices at other institutions, and develop inspirational messaging alongside the UW Foundation to help promote it—all to support their fellow students. 

That’s not all! The UW President’s Office is providing matching funds with discretionary dollars going forward that double all gifts over and above the $250,000. That means that it’s not too late! You can still support students who are affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Students are getting the support they need, thanks to you!

Pokes Make the Difference

You can make the difference for University of Wyoming students affected by COVID-19. Funding supports financial emergency needs—housing, food, technology access, and more—for our UW students as they work so very hard to keep their education aspirations on track during a time of national and global health crisis.

Please join the UW family during this time of need for students. Your support at any gift amount is deeply appreciated.  Know that all contributions will have a direct and significant impact.

If you would like to, please also consider sharing messages or photos of hope and support for students on social media. You can also encourage others to make a gift by sharing your support. Feel free to use the hashtag #WyomingStrong.

Together we are stronger. Together we are #WyomingStrong.

For More Information

Students may learn more about criteria and the application process for emergency funds via the UW Dean of Students website, where the application form and process will be available beginning Friday, April 3, and will remain open through Friday, April 17.

To support this fund, click over to the You Fund page or click on the card below. To make a gift by check through the mail, send it to UW Foundation, 222 S 22nd Street, Laramie, WY 82070, with "Pokes Make the Difference" in the memo line. For more information about the fundraising effort, contact the UW Foundation at (307) 766-6300, toll free at (888) 831-7795, or by email at

Contact Us

University of Wyoming Foundation

222 S 22nd Street

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-6300

Toll Free: 1-888-831-7795

Fax: 307-766-4045


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