The AUC Solidarity Fund is an initiative that aims to support the students of Amsterdam University College in times of financial stress. The AUC student community is tight knit and ambitious, but for some of us, unexpected financial difficulties can get in the way of academic and social participation. These difficulties can arise without warning, such as due to a death in the family. They can happen to any of us, but in our current social system precariousness is distributed unevenly: Our differing socio-economic backgrounds can affect the buffer we have to cope with these situations.
But these situations do not have to be borne individually. While there are other options and resources that offer financial support for students in Amsterdam and the Netherlands, we are aware that there are always cases where students’ requests are not sufficiently accommodated or are even declined. Hence, our wish is to provide an additional possibility for those AUC students seeking emergency financial relief, but who have been unable to acquire funding from the alternative resources that are available.
The AUC Solidarity Fund aims to facilitating the creation of a more inclusive community for our university. We want to motivate the creation of a shared buffer that will ensure that unexpected financial difficulties do not hinder our students’ academic endeavors.
The AUC Solidarity Fund is a newborn initiative that relies completely on donations (and solidarity!). While our long-term vision is to grow in such a way that will allow us to accommodate structural financial difficulties, we would like to highlight that the AUC Solidarity Fund is currently limited to serving the needs of students in need of emergency funds.
As of March 2018, the AUC Solidarity Fund is accepting requests for support. The application process is simple: If you want to apply for the grant, please fill in the form available at the rightof the page and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Details sent will only be available to the Solidarity Fund Board, composed of faculty members, to protect your anonymity. These faculty members will carefully review all applications received, and will grant the requests which they find deserving.
Finally, it is important to note that we need all of your help to keep the fund running! While we have quite an active core team of students and faculty members managing the fund, our time and resources are limited. So, be it helping with fundraising or through direct donations, we urge you to be solidaire and proactive, so that this cherished project can be maintained and so that we can all do our best to help the AUC community.