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Generosity On, Off Campus Fuels Florida Tech Emergency Relief Fund

Faculty, Staff, Trustees Unite to Support Those in Need

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Aided by significant voluntary salary reductions from senior university leadership initiated by Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay and generous donations from members of the Board of Trustees, the Florida Tech Emergency Relief Fund established in the midst of the coronavirus crisis will provide financial assistance to individuals and families affected by the challenging business climate created by the pandemic.

For those former Florida Tech employees who have documentable needs, the fund will assist with a variety of support, including medical bills, mortgage or rent payments, childcare and food, electricity, gas or other necessities.

The fund began when McCay asked senior faculty and staff leaders at Florida Tech to consider taking salary reductions of at least 10 percent. Many did so, with several making larger contributions.

“We must help one another where and when we can,” McCay told the campus community in a May 29 note detailing the plan.

Inspired by that action, nine members of the university’s Board of Trustees joined in pledging additional support.

An earlier effort, the Special Day of Giving in May, drew pledges from more than 400 alumni, parents and friends to assist students in need because of the pandemic.

“We are all in this together, and the bonds that unite our Panther family remain as strong as ever,” McCay said. “I applaud and appreciate our leadership and our trustees for their generosity and compassion.”

For donation information, contact Gary Grant, senior vice president of development, at ggrant@fit.edu.

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