The past year has presented all of us, the world and Cyclone Nation, with extraordinary challenges. Many experienced incredible stresses, disappointments and change. But it’s also shown us the impact Cyclones have when we come together in times of need. Whether it’s students who have demonstrated the initiative and determination to continue to pursue their education, or the countless alumni and friends who have provided support to members of the ISU community, we’ve worked together to meet this moment. Together, we have remained Cyclone Strong.
This perseverance is the Iowa State way. Cyclones everywhere will meet the challenges that arise and celebrate the resolve that allows us to move forward. Health and safety remain top priority as university administrators, faculty and staff work to continue providing an exceptional Iowa State experience.
While in many ways the road ahead is unclear, what is certain is that many students are in need of extra support as they persist in striving to achieve their dreams. Even under normal circumstances, students may live close to the edge financially; for some, circumstances can be overwhelming and may mean falling short in completing their education or simply meeting everyday needs.
The Cyclone Strong Fund helps alleviate these unexpected challenges.
In March 2020, the Cyclone Strong Fund was launched to enable Iowa State alumni and friends to help Cyclones in need. Thanks to the generosity of countless supporters, this fund has provided crucial financial support for students and has allowed additional food pantries to open and serve members of the campus community facing food insecurity. The fund will continue to fulfill critical needs on campus. Examples might include:
- Grant emergency aid and scholarships to students experiencing financial hardship that may keep them from remaining enrolled
- Purchase additional technology and equipment that allows students and staff to learn and interact virtually or face-to-face
- Serve additional, unforeseen priorities as they arise
Throughout history, Cyclones have faced many defining moments. Our present serves as an opportunity to come together and support students as they stay strong, define us in this moment, and remind us what Cyclones are made of.
We send each of you the very best wishes from the heart of campus. Please consider a gift today and help get the word out about this important effort.
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all you do for Iowa State. Together, we are #CycloneStrong.
You can contribute by clicking on the “Make a Gift” button at the top of this page. If you have questions, or would like to discuss your gift with an ISU Foundation staff member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-294-8536. Checks can be made payable to ISU Foundation, noting Cyclone Strong Fund in the memo line, and mailed to:
PO Box 2230
Ames, IA 50010
To stay up-to-date on the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please follow: https://web.iastate.edu/safety/updates/covid19