One Day for Students

Thank you!

On March 6, the USask community truly came together to show support for students in crisis. If you made your gift to One Day for Students, thank you for your generosity! You have made a real difference in someone’s life.

An amazing 640 of you— students, alumni, and members of our campus community—rallied to support students facing a financial crisis, through donations to the Nasser Family Emergency Student Trust. 

And thanks to generous donors Professor Emeritus Dr. Kay and Mrs. Dora Nasser, who matched donations to help even more students, the total raised for students is an incredible
$166,517 with gifts still coming in! 

Dr. Nasser, who was on campus to help celebrate One Day for Students with a kick-off breakfast for socially-conscious students, said it is a very important day for him. “It’s one of the best things in my life—to be able to see students that are enjoying what they are studying, and at the same time, learning to give value to their community, to themselves and the rest of the world. This is what all our work is all about.”

Did you miss your chance to donate?

There is still time to donate to the Nasser Family Emergency Student Trust by making a gift of any amount.

Dr. Kay and Mrs. Dora Nasser

We asked the campus community, alumni, donors and friend to share how they give. Thank you to everyone who took part!

Nasser Family Emergency Student Trust

Here’s what donors said about One Day for Students:

“I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Nasser as one of my professors. He was a great teacher, a kind and gentle man and generous to a fault.  His dedication to the U of S and all his students is an example to all.”

“Dr. Nasser was one of the most inspirational teachers I had at the U of S.  His generosity both then and now is what inspired me to give to this fund.”

“I'm so glad that this is available to students in need. Funding like this is necessary to help students undergoing unexpected financial or life problems.”

Dr. Kay Nasser with Shaina Lynden (BSKI'05)

Thanks to your support of the Nasser Family Emergency Student Trust,
you'll be helping assist students with unexpected crises, such as:

Flights home for funerals and other family emergencies
Delays in or a sudden loss of funding, especially loss of employment or other situational loss of income; funds to replace stolen personal belongings
Funds for alternative living arrangements after fires and family breakups
Unexpected increases in rent and other household expenditures
Personal medical emergencies; extra medical costs, including expenses for children with special needs

How to access the Nasser Emergency Student Trust

If you are experiencing an unexpected financial crisis, please contact Student Central to complete a crisis aid application. This assessment will help determine the most appropriate response to your individual needs.

Student Central can be reached at:
Administration Building 105 Admin Place

How do you give?

Afia Alam – current USask student

I see community service as the key element to my future. I believe that each person should leave the world a little better than how they found it.

I volunteer at the Global Gathering Place with newcomers at their classes and assist them to settle here. On campus, I am involved with Bangladesh Undergraduate Student Federation and AIESEC to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through volunteering and raising funds.

Besides that, I mentor kids to help them reach their goals. It's a great way to make a difference in a kid's life. It allows me to take the skills and knowledge I have and give them to a kid who might otherwise struggle.

Kenneth Cook – current USask student

After one-year of studying at the University of Saskatchewan, I decided to become a peer mentor with the College of Arts & Science; specifically, for the Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways (ISAP).

By joining ISAP, it has encouraged me to be a role model for first-year Indigenous students and inspires my peers to do the same for future Indigenous students.

I know first-hand that the topics of Indigenization and decolonization around education, or in current events, is extremely prevalent and can be overwhelming. I have found that establishing a student-to-student relationship provides better insight on potential academic struggles. Achieving an interdependent relationship while in ISAP has proven beneficial in maintaining my academic success by reducing the stereotype threat.

Reggie Nyamekye – current USask student

I give by volunteering at events, both on and off campus. Whether it is supervising a science challenge, fundraising for a hospital or being a member of a take down crew; each volunteering event is a fine opportunity to be of service to others, contribute my effort and connect with people. 

From a run for the cure cancer event, where I cheered people on to the finish life, to providing information to new students about resources available to them, volunteering brings me a sense of purpose and great satisfaction in being of help.


You can still make a difference in a student's life by giving

to the Nasser Family Emergency Student Trust today!