Covid-19 Response

Gift from The Skillman Foundation Provides Laptops to Students Impacted by COVID-19

A gift from the Skillman Foundation is closing the technology gap for e-learners

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icon of a calendarApril 30, 2020

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Thanks to a generous gift from The Skillman Foundation, Oakland University is closing the technology gap so more students will be able to continue their education in an e-learning environment with the help of laptop computers. This support will allow students to finish spring and summer semesters remotely and continue to work towards educational goals with minimal disruption in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Irene Spanos, director of corporate and foundation relations at Oakland University, is grateful for the partnership from The Skillman Foundation in helping vulnerable students in our community, especially now during these uncertain times.

“The leadership and generosity from The Skillman Foundation help to lift the burden from students struggling to continue their education under the COVID-19-induced stay home order,” says Spanos. “This gift ensures these students have the opportunity to thrive scholastically while they adapt to a new learning environment.”

Tonya Allen, president and CEO of The Skillman Foundation, understands that providing students with educational resources will make an impact in our communities, now during the COVID-19 pandemic, and also in the future.

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Tonya Allen

“More than a short-term solution to help students continue their learning during the coronavirus crisis, this is a step toward bridging the digital divide to ensure everyone has the tools and opportunities needed to get a 21st century education and lead their best — and our best — future,” says Allen.

Oakland University is deeply committed to cultivating the full potential of a diverse and inclusive community. Leadership from The Skillman Foundation furthers this mission by removing educational barriers and ensuring that all students, especially those in underserved communities, have the resources and support needed to excel in the classroom and beyond as graduates and leaders in our society.

If you would like to join The Skillman Foundation in supporting COVID-19 relief efforts at Oakland University, please consider a gift to the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund. This fund will provide immediate support to students thrown into financial emergency because of COVID-19 and will help students continue their education until this crisis has passed.

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