The financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have made it much harder for students to realize their dreams, the Chicago-based American Institute for Steel Construction (AISC) says in seeking contributions to its educational foundation for an expanded scholarship program.
Learning resource provider OneClass surveyed more than 10,000 students this spring and found some disturbing trends:
- 56% of respondents said they can no longer afford tuition.
- 49% of respondents said they have to find new financing.
- 7% said they are switching gears, leaving school to try something else.
“Student need was high before the pandemic and is now driven higher for many,” said AISC president Charles J. Carter in a Sept. 22 statement. “We’ve always seen the vitality that the most promising students bring in our future and see now the need to help them continue to learn the tools and skills they’ll need to become outstanding leaders in AEC fields.”
With expanded scholarship programs, the AISC Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with AISC, can help them do just that.
“Today, we are launching the 30 by 30 Challenge,” the association said in a statement. “The goal is simple: raise $100,000 to help 30 students in the next 30 days.”
“We can’t make it happen without support from the AEC community. On behalf of the AISC Education Foundation, AISC is asking those who are in a position to do so to help tomorrow’s leaders continue their studies. They–and the Foundation–would be so grateful for the assistance.”
The 30 by 30 Challenge ends Oct. 22. Visit aisc.org/giving for more information.