Impact Profile, Lori H., ’21

As a single mother with two daughters to support, nursing major Lori H., ’21, knows the meaning of hard work. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, however, she was laid off from the job she relied on to support her family. With no paycheck to count on, she began worrying about her family’s future.

“Since the pandemic began, I have feared we would lose our home and everything we have.”

“With my children home from school, I also have to make sure they have the internet they need for their schoolwork, plus extra food and toiletries since we’re home all day now,” Lori said.

Lori knew that Kent State University was offering an emergency assistance for students impacted by COVID-19, and she applied for help. Soon after, she learned she qualified for assistance.

“I felt a weight being lifted,” Lori said. “The anxiety I had been carrying faded some. I’m still struggling, but the assistance I received from the Kent State Emergency Grant Fund took an enormous weight off me as far as being able to live day to day.”

As the global pandemic continues to put health care workers in the spotlight, Lori is more eager than ever to complete her studies and become a nurse in order to help in times of crisis. With a medical assisting degree already under her belt, she is grateful to be furthering her health care education as a Golden Flash.

“I am so thankful to have received help. Every dollar really does make a difference – I am proof of that.”

“We are one community, and we must be there for one another in times like these,” Lori said.

To help more students like Lori, visit the website and make a secure online gift to the Kent State Emergency Grant Fund.

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