COVID-19 Emergency Student Assistance Fund

Thank You Note for Your Donations to Help
Our Students Suffering from the COVID-19 Pandemic

August 6, 2020

Dear Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Parents of Students, and Friends of Waseda University

  On behalf of Waseda University, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have donated to our emergency support programs for Waseda students suffering financially from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Your generous contributions funded a number of programs:  Emergency Financial Support (100,000JPY per student), Waseda Emergency Scholarships (400,000JPY per student), and loans of over 900 mobile WiFi routers and 500 laptop PCs free of charge.

  The total amount of your donations exceeded 500 Million Japanese Yen as of August 4, 2020.  All of us, faculty, staff, and representatives of the Alumni Association, are deeply touched by your shared determination to enable every single student to continue her or his education irrespective of finances.  

  In April and May, many of our alumni, even among the younger generations in their 20s, 30s and 40s without a high income, began donating at the most generous pace we have ever seen.  In June, July and August, the older generations donated substantial sums and in greater proportions than the young generations.  Many of our alumni who are living overseas enthusiastically donated as well.  We really appreciate their kindness to help Waseda students.

  To summarize how rapidly your donations came in, your contributions had reached more than 100 million JPY in just one week following our appeal of April 24, and more than 200 million JPY in one month.  By June 12, you contributed more than 300 million JPY and by August 4 more than 500 million JPY.  We are astonished and grateful for this record breaking outpouring of your concern and generosity.  We had revised the budget for Fiscal Year 2020 to contribute as much as 700 million Japanese Yen from university funds, but your donations of over 500 million Japanese Yen have enabled Waseda University to provide more effective education for the coming autumn semester and for the semesters to come.

  The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over and its total damage remains to be calculated.  We are preparing for second or third waves to wreak additional financial havoc for our students.  We greatly appreciate continued donations from you and your friends to help defray their costs in the months ahead.

  Thanks to your unprecedented support, Waseda University has been the leading university in Japan in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020.  Please help us continue to respond swiftly and effectively to the unfolding circumstances.

With deep gratitude,

Aiji Tanaka, President, Waseda University
Miho Saito, Executive Vice President, Waseda University
Akira Mandai, Vice President for Alumni Relations, Waseda University


Donate to COVID-19 Emergency Student Assistance

Purpose of the Campaign

To support those Waseda students who financially suffer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amount of Donation

10,000 JPY (Japanese Yen) or more
  Note: We will accept and appreciate donation even less than 10,000 JPY.

Campaign term

Not specified

*Your gift/donation to Waseda University is subject to a tax deduction.
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Notices> COVID-19 Emergency Student Assistance Fund (May of 2020)