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Dear Shaw University Community,

President Dillard - Seated

I wish to express my sincerest appreciation for all you have done to support Shaw University’s ongoing efforts to overcome the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The unwavering dedication shown by our alumni during this emergency truly has been gratifying. I am grateful to the National Alumni Association of Shaw University led by Dr. Kalvin Wall, the Raleigh-Wake Alumni chapter, as well as all individual chapters around the country for their commitment. Likewise, our donors and partners have remained steadfast in the face of tremendous uncertainty, and we are most grateful. It is my privilege to serve as President of an institution that claims such an amazing constituency.

Your support made it possible for the University to provide emergency assistance for students who experienced unforeseen financial difficulties because of the shift in University operations due to COVID-19. The Emergency Student Assistance Fund has provided much-needed support to hundreds of Shaw students since March 26, and we continue to process requests daily. Your gifts have helped students obtain groceries, pay bills, gain access to technology and Internet service for online classes, deal with unexpected travel, housing or storage expenses, and more.  Your donations make an impact on students’ lives in a very real and immediate way.

We all had looked forward to making this Mother’s Day a double celebration with our graduates taking a well-deserved moment on the stage to receive their degrees and their families happily cheering from the audience. In order to protect all members of the Shaw community from the spread of COVID-19 we postponed the graduation ceremonies to everyone’s disappointment. However, we will acknowledge our graduates virtually this month, and we look forward to celebrating with them when they march on December 12!

As the State of North Carolina and public health officials provide further guidance regarding the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to provide updates through every appropriate communication channel.

Thank you again for all you do to enable Shaw University to fulfill its mission.


President Paulette R. Dillard

Student Emergency Assistance Fund 

Note: Your designated gift to the Emergency Student Assistance Fund cannot be directed to a specific student(s).