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Warrior Relief & Response

Be part of the Wayne State community's response to COVID-19.

With the effects of COVID-19 still unfolding every day, we are taking proactive steps to protect our Wayne State community, as it has already drastically disrupted life on campus. In particular, many students find themselves struggling to cover unexpected costs related to getting home, food, housing, access to technology, and other unbudgeted circumstances.

Today, university programs and services that support students in need are more important than ever. Several funding opportunities below serve undergrad and graduate students campus-wide, as well as those enrolled in a specific college or school.

The impact of COVID-19 is significant and immediate. The gift you make now will assist our Wayne State students to overcome difficult setbacks. Together, we can help them get through this and stay on track for academic success. Thank you!


  • The Student Emergency Fund is a resource created to help currently enrolled Wayne State students who are in need of financial assistance during a time of hardship or unexpected emergency, like transportation, food, utilities, medications, or personal tragedy. Students can be considered even if they have received aid previously. 
  • The HIGH Program helps homeless, precariously housed and financially challenged Wayne State students make it to graduation. The program provides resources for students-in-need, such as housing support, textbooks and other school supplies, clothing, transportation, and child-care assistance. 
  • The W Food Pantry provides currently enrolled Wayne State Warriors in need of food assistance with supplemental food and resources to enhance student success. Additional items such as toiletries and feminine hygiene items are also available.
  • Student Aid- International Programs supports our international students facing new travel and housing challenges because of the COVID-19 crisis and provide financial assistance to students who were studying abroad and had to return to the United States unexpectedly.


The Office of Student Financial Aid also helps administer a number of existing school and college funds to support currently enrolled students who experience financial hardship at any point in the academic year.


  • College of Education Scholarship Fund 

  • College of Engineering Helios Fund

  • College of Nursing Skelly Emergency Fund 

  • Irvin D. Reid Honors College Scholarship Fund

  • Law School Student Emergency Needs Fund 

  • Mike Ilitch School of Business Scholarship Fund 

  • Pharmacy & Health Sciences Student Emergency Fund

  • School of Medicine MD Student Emergency Fund

  • School of Social Work Student Emergency Scholarships


For up-to-date information on the university's response to the pandemic, follow


Wayne State faculty and staff can give via payroll deduction here.

Honors College Match by Dr. Irvin D. Reid
Dr. Irvin D. Reid, our WSU President Emeritus and our Honors College's namesake, is issuing a challenge with a $10,000 match gift: He will double-match any gift on Giving Day of at least $50. That means your $50 gift becomes $150; your $500 gift becomes $1500, and so on. Every dollar you give will bring another $2 from him--so if you've been thinking about making a gift, now is a great time to do it. Please join Dr. Reid in pledging your support to our students, helping them achieve a strong finish and a strong start to the next phase of their lives.
$10,000 MATCHED
Our WSU Alumni Regional Networks are showing up for Giving Day!
There are active Wayne State alumni regional networks in many areas across the country, and the engaged alumni who are part of those networks love giving back to their alma mater. Which regional network will have the most donors today?
Which regional network are you part of?
Rank Answer Donors
1 Chicago 16
2 NYC 10
3 DC 7
4 LA 5
5 Northern California 3
Gifts by school, college and unit
From the Ilitch School to CLAS to the W Food Pantry. Who is leading Giving Day with the most number of gifts?
Rank Department Raised
1 Mike Ilitch School of Business $187,114.00
2 School of Social Work $56,065.00
3 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences $45,478.00
4 College of Engineering $41,435.00
5 School of Medicine $30,384.00
6 Irvin D. Reid Honors College $22,910.00
7 College of Education $21,665.00
8 College of Nursing $19,202.00
9 General Scholarship Fund $18,267.00
10 Radiation Therapy Technology $15,250.00
11 Athletics $13,275.00
12 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives $12,964.00
13 College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts $10,603.00
14 WSU Press $9,038.00
15 Wayne Law $8,450.00
16 School of Information Sciences $4,175.00
17 Alumni Programs $3,556.00
18 University Libraries $2,670.00
19 The W Food Pantry $2,370.00
20 Other $2,336.00
21 Computing & Information Technology $2,305.00
22 Pharmacy Practice $2,150.00
23 Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies $1,500.00
24 HIGH Program $1,480.00
25 Eugene Applebaum Pharmacy and Health Sciences $1,425.00
26 WDET $1,175.00
27 Dean's Discretionary Fund $1,025.00
28 Student Emergency Fund $879.00
29 International Programs $745.00
30 Graduate School $530.00
31 Institute of Gerontology $525.00
32 Pharmaceutical Science $500.00
33 Warrior Relief & Response $490.00
34 Physical Therapy $400.00
35 Michael Bowen Memorial Fund $350.00
36 Physician Assistant $350.00
37 Career Services $250.00
38 Center for Urban Studies $235.00
39 Occupational Therapy $150.00
40 TechTown Detroit $125.00
41 Economic Development $125.00
42 Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute $100.00
43 Radiologic Technology $100.00
44 Freer House $75.00
45 Emeritus Academy $54.00
46 Detroit Radio Information Service $50.00
47 Pathologists' Assistant $10.00
48 Pharmacy Class of 1979 Scholarship $0.00
49 Clinical Laboratory Science $0.00
50 Mortuary Science $0.00
51 Nurse Anesthesia $0.00
Donors by Affinity
Alumni, friends, faculty and staff members, parents and students make Wayne State what it is. Which group will make the biggest impact today? Stay tuned!
What is your affiliation to WSU?
Rank Answer Amount
1 Alumni $332,521.00
2 Faculty/Staff $80,041.00
3 Friend $12,403.00
4 Student $3,125.00
5 Parent $1,100.00
Alumni Class Year by Decade
With over 274,000 living alumni, WSU is proud of all alumni. Which decade of Warriors will prove to be the most philanthropic today?
In which decade did you graduate?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 '70s 131
2 '80s 92
3 '90s 86
4 2000s 72
5 2010s 58
6 '60s 47
7 '50s 10
8 2020s 8
9 '40s 2
WSU Employee Donations by Division
Across the university, our employees care about Wayne State's mission, inspiring from within. Which division has the most donors?
What division do you work for?
Rank Answer Donors
1 Liberal Arts & Sciences 68
2 Development & Alumni Affairs 64
3 School of Social Work 22
4 School of Medicine 22
5 University Libraries 22
6 Business School 19
7 Provost & VP Academic Affair 18
8 College of Nursing 16
9 Computing & Info Technology 16
10 College of Education 14
11 Pharmacy & Health Science 13
12 WSU Press 12
13 Student Affairs 8
14 Fine & Performing Arts 7
15 College of Engineering 7
16 Educational Outreach 7
17 Marketing and Communications 6
18 Honors College 5
19 Research 5
20 Facilities Plan & Management 4
21 Research Support 4
22 President 3
23 Athletics 3
24 Graduate School 3
25 Internal Audit 2
26 Business Operations 2
27 Fiscal Operations 2
28 Human Resources 2
29 Law School 2
30 School of Business Admin 1
31 VP Economic Development 1
32 VP Finance & Bus Operations 1
33 General Counsel 1
34 Governmental & Comm. Affairs 1
35 Procure. & Strat. Sourcing 1
36 Public Safety 1
37 Health & Physical Education 1
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