Supporting our Ukrainian and Russian International Students
Sheridan is a community of caring, compassionate global citizens – and in this pivotal moment, we are taking action to help.
As an educational institution, we take seriously our responsibility to care for our most vulnerable and ensure they have the immediate support they need. We have reached out to each of our Ukrainian and Russian International students (in Canada and overseas) to offer personalized support, referrals, and connections to fellow students. Our students have shared with us their concerns about the safety of their loved ones, and the difficulties they face paying for groceries, rent and other expenses as many of them have suddenly lost their day-to-day financial support from family overseas. In response, we are providing as many gift cards for groceries and basic necessities as possible for those in immediate need.
Sheridan teams are also working hard to support affected Ukrainian and Russian applicants and are helping address their admissions, immigration and study permit questions as quickly as possible. We have also reached out to local Ukrainian and Russian cultural and faith-based groups to help provide an additional support system for students who need it.
The college has also provided reusable water bottles and other basic items to community organization Sew on Fire, to help supply care kits that will be sent to Ukraine.
Students who require support have been asked to connect with a student advisor, who will refer them to a variety of internal and external resources and help address immediate needs.
Sheridan joins fellow CiCan member institutions in creating a scholarships to support students who are resettling in Canada as a result of the conflict, and seek to continue their education. Sheridan will offer a full scholarship (up to five terms), for a Ukrainian student enrolling in the English Language Studies program as part of their transition to life in Canada. The scholarship is open to domestic applicants with Protected Persons or Refugee status, permanent residents as well as international students.
To date, Sheridan's Financial Aid team has awarded more than $31,000 in needs-based bursaries to 15 students connected to the conflict.
We continue to stand in solidarity with the millions of people affected by this crisis, and we remain dedicated to caring for our own community members who may be feeling especially fearful, anxious or isolated during this time.
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