Willamette University Offers Assistance to Displaced Students, Creates Hurricane Relief Fund

Hurricane Katrina has displaced approximately 75,000 students in three states. Colleges and universities around the country, including Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, are scrambling to offer assistance.

Willamette's College of Liberal Arts and its professional schools (law, business management and education) have made arrangements to accept displaced students who are in good standing and who express a desire to attend Willamette. Students who have enrolled at institutions now being evacuated may attend Willamette tuition-free for one semester.

Willamette has also created a relief fund. Faculty, students and staff who wish to make a donation will have their contributions fully matched by the university. All donations will be forwarded to the Red Cross.

"There is simply nothing in our lifetime that compares to this," said Willamette University President M. Lee Pelton. "The needs are overwhelming. We will remain in contact with our colleagues in the Gulf States as they evaluate and prioritize their needs, and we will respond as effectively as possible. In the meantime, we will welcome their students who wish to come to Oregon. It's simply the right thing to do."

Undergraduate classes at Willamette University began Aug. 30.