Alumni Give Back

How to Help: COVID-19

Helping UM students in need
during COVID-19 pandemic



We continue to receive an outpouring of support along with questions from alumni and friends about what they can do to help the UM family. In order to meet the many demands of our student population, the University has created the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund to help provide financial assistance to all current UM students who are in need. These funds will be available to help with food insecurity, housing insecurity, purchasing requirements for online classes and any other financial needs that are directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 13, students began moving out of the residence halls in order to prepare for an extended spring break, lasting from March 16 to March 29. On March 30, students will begin completing courses utilizing distance education until further notice. The University has heavily encouraged students, faculty and staff to consider canceling any nonessential travel plans for spring break, and to follow the health and safety guidelines provided by the CDC.

If you’re pondering how to help students in need, please consider making an online gift to support the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund. We know the financial hardships will continue for our students and we’re staying the course of helping to provide solutions to those in need, so that their dreams of earning a degree from the University of Montevallo don’t have to end because of this pandemic.



After the University announcement sent out earlier (explaining the University’s decision to start Spring Break a week early and then move to online classes for two weeks), we have had several inquiries on how alumni and the community can help. We appreciate the outpouring of generosity.

We want to assure everyone that students will be permitted to remain living on campus if they meet one or more of these criteria:

  • International students or out-of-state students who are not able to make other accommodation
  • Students who face housing insecurity (homelessness or a precarious living situation)
  • Students whose home is in an area with extremely limited internet connectivity.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, Anna Irvin Dining Hall will be open specific hours with a limited menu. Student counseling services will be available to students who remain on campus. Any students facing hardship are being asked to contact the Falcon Food Pantry in the Grainger Center for Personal Development.

Please consider students who are food insecure or have limited access to services in this situation. If you feel so led, we encourage you to help in one of the following ways:

  • Make a gift to the Food Pantry & Emergency Services at online or send a check to the UM Foundation for Falcon Food Pantry,
  • Purchase gift cards, which students can use to purchase food, hygiene products and other goods (Walmart, Target, CVS, Amazon, etc.) and send to the
    UM Foundation • 75 College Drive, Station 6215 • Montevallo, AL 35115
Thank you so much for your care and concern for our students during this time!