The UK College of Design (CoD) recently announced a donation of $2,500 to the College of Design Student Emergency Fund by School of Architecture alumnus Greg Reaves. Thanks to his gift, Reaves – a partner at LSM Architecture & Planning in Washington, D.C. – has enabled the College to increase its fund to support students who are experiencing financial hardships, including food insecurity, living expense issues, etc.
“Recently, we have seen an increase in student need to help get them through unforeseen obstacles caused by the pandemic,” said College of Design Dean Mitzi Vernon. “We are truly grateful that our alumni understand the impact this can have on a student’s collegiate success and are willing to offer their support.”
In 2019, the College established an emergency fund for students with unexpected challenges during the academic year. And having our alumni and other donors make these gifts to the fund is a great example of their continued support.
Reaves, who is also a member of the School of Architecture Advisory Board and the College Advocacy Board, felt compelled to give to the College during this critical moment. “The amount of time and energy it takes to be a design student is already challenging,” said Reaves, “so I hope that by helping to eliminate other outside obstacles students can solely focus on their education.”
Assistant Vice President for Philanthropy Don Witt, who is supporting the College in its fundraising efforts, was able to work with Reaves to secure this gift. If you are interested in contributing to this fund or other College philanthropic opportunities, please contact Don Witt at firstname.lastname@example.org.