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Helping Students in Need

Every day, we hear about the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on PC students and families: unplanned travel and housing expenses, access to technology, food insecurity, lost wages — and many students are facing the heartbreaking possibility of not being able to continue their Providence College education. There’s an urgent and growing necessity to help PC students, and their need is now. 

make a gift to students in need

On Friars Give, April 22, more than 2,000 members of the Friar family joined the ongoing efforts to address the critical needs of PC students. Rededicated to address immediate pandemic-related challenges, our annual giving day reaffirmed the PC community’s tradition of generosity and strength in numbers. Although the need continues, this moment of unity and love will endure in the history of Providence College.

By the Numbers




Dollars raised

These numbers represent totals through midnight on April 22. Additional updates on the generosity of the Friar family are forthcoming.


Financial aid and tuition assistance for students at risk of not being able to afford to continue their studies at PC


Laptops, wi-fi, and access to other technologies critical for distance learning


Help with access to food and housing for students with limited means


Travel funding for the logistical costs related to closing campus and ending study abroad programs


Virtual student life and wellness programs to help Friars stay connected and healthy

A Message from Father Shanley

As  Father Shanley reminds us, together, we will emerge stronger and more united than ever. As a Friar family, we serve God and serve each other; it’s central to our culture and our mission. Right now, that means helping our students in need.  

A Message from Father Sicard

Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. ’78 & ’82G, executive vice president, treasurer, and president-elect of Providence College, explains how gifts to Emergency Student Support represent an enduring legacy for PC and our graduates. 

A Message from Bob Driscoll

VP and Athletic Director Bob Driscoll reiterates the importance of the Friar spirit during these uncertain times and the imperative to help PC students impacted by the coronavirus finish their education. You are never alone in Friartown.

Ready, Set, Remote Learning

In just 48 hours, PC professors ramped up for the move to online instruction

Career Prep Goes Virtual

Career education center resources ease students’ worries in online era

Worship in a Time of Crisis

Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98 talks about faith, worship, and prayer in the time of a global health crisis