Editor's note: The Ball State Daily News will be taking part in this year's One Ball State Day fundraiser.
Ball State is shifting emphasis of One Ball State Day, scheduled to take place April 7, to address the critical needs of its students, particularly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a university press release.
In its debut event last year, One Ball State Day helped raise more than 4,100 gifts and more than $425,000 for scholarships, academic programs and student organizations.
“But this year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are shifting our fundraising efforts to focus solely on our students,” said President Geoffrey Mearns in the press release. “Our students need our support now more than ever. And we heard from so many of you who expressed a desire to help students at this time of great need.”
Two areas of giving where contributions will support students with extraordinary financial need, Mearns said, include the Jack Beyerl Student Emergency Aid and the Take Flight Fund.
The emergency aid fund provides financial assistance to students who experience accidents, illnesses, financial hardships or other personal emergencies that negatively affect their ability to remain enrolled, the press release states.
The Take Flight Fund supports students whose ability to enroll in classes or graduate on time may be at risk due to demonstrated financial need, it states.
Individuals who are interested can donate online on the One Ball State Day website.