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Press Release / April 11

SCAD Directs Funds to Students

CARES Act supports students negatively impacted by COVID-19

SAVANNAH, GA — April 11, 2020 — SCAD announced that it will receive $8.2 million from the federal government as a result of the CARES Act, passed last week. These funds will be used to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus) on the university and its students. The CARES Act is specifically meant to support those students most negatively impacted by the pandemic, as well as to defray the costs to the university of transitioning to virtual learning.

SCAD is eager to disperse initial payments as quickly as possible to students in need and is supplementing CARES Act funding with additional resources from the SCAD Emergency Relief Fund, created by the university in March of 2013 to aid students in difficult circumstances. Specifically, funds will be directed to SCAD student employees whose employment has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 public health protocols--with financial grants equaling wages that students would be receiving, had university on-ground operations continued as planned during spring quarter.

Scott Linzey, SCAD vice president for student financial services, said, "We know that many of our students had planned to use their earnings to pay living costs or to help with tuition. Although there is more to come, we wanted to get this to them right away."

"I can’t tell you how happy I am!," said Sebastian Aragon, a junior animation student from Miami, Florida. "I love my job at SCAD, we’re a family, and it's wonderful that our employment matters. This money will help with some of my technology needs."

In addition to this initial installment of SCAD Emergency Relief and CARES Act funding for student employees, all SCAD students are being notified how to apply for support from the university.

Linzey added, "When we finished our winter quarter, we were faced with the decision either to cancel the spring quarter or move 100% of our on-ground courses online. We didn’t want any of our students to be compelled to halt their progress toward their degrees due to this public health crisis. We are now two weeks into the term and I am so proud of what our staff and faculty have accomplished, and to see the drive of our students as they continue to prepare for their professional careers. This additional financial support for those most affected is welcomed."


SCAD: The University for Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited university offering more than 100 academic degree programs in more than 40 majors across its locations in the U.S., Europe, and online via SCAD eLearning.

SCAD enrolls more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 115 countries. The innovative SCAD curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment, and learning resources, as well as opportunities for internships, professional certifications, and collaborative projects with corporate partners. In 2019, the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD as the No. 1 university in the U.S. and in the top two universities in the Americas and Europe for the third consecutive year, and The Rookies ranked SCAD as the Best 3D Motion Graphics School for the fourth consecutive year. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni employment rate. In a study of Spring 2018 SCAD graduates, 99% were employed, pursuing further education, or both within 10 months of graduation.

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