France’s emlyon Business School has made available €608,000 in emergency funds to help its students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April, the Foundation of emlyon, with the support of its alumni network, released emergency aid of €408,000 to help out 467 students in precarious situations.

With the ongoing pandemic leading to heavier economic and social consequences, an additional €200,000 will be allocated by emlyon to the students hardest hit, bringing the total aid to €608,000. 

Since 1993, emlyon Business School has been supporting students in need via its Foundation, using scholarships and grants, thanks to its emergency fund.

Since the pandemic started, an emergency commission was set up to examine student cases, assess their family and financial situations to allocate a short term financial aid to improve their living conditions during this period.

As part of this financial support approach, emlyon also initiated a partnership with Toutes Mes Aides (“All the help I can get”), a platform listing the whole range of assistance and aid students may claim, those coming from emlyon, but also those the government, the region or the city may provide.

Emlyon students see increased healthcare and employability support with COVID-19 planning

According to Emylon foundation, it aims to provide concrete solutions to minimize the physical and psychological impact generated by the lockdown.

With the second lockdown, the healthcare staff members of the Wellness Center are set up to support students with difficulties, relying on a system of healthcare measures and psychological support.

The measures include online discussion groups, a 24/7 toll-free line for psychological support, a set of dispositions to support disabled students, or even organising and sharing health-oriented webinars.

A COVID-19-specific section is also available on emlyon’s Career Center’s platform, to tackle employability given the uncertainty around it. The foundation will also access appropriate counsel to find internships and job positions in times of crisis.

Counting on the solidarity of its community, emlyon has also appealed to its alumni to open the doors of their companies and provide guidance to its students.

Emaido Affia is a Nigeria-based reporter for Global Education Times who covers stories from North America, MENA and Africa for the publication. Emaido is an experienced journalist and is also a lifestyle blogger in her free-time.

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