April 23rd, 2020 

KINGSTON, ON – Through the newly launched AMS Employment Financial Aid Bursary, the AMS has given out nearly $14,000 to students who are no longer able to work because of COVID-19. Furthermore, the AMS has contributed $30,000 to the Queen’s University Emergency Bursary Fund.  

“Many of our peers lost their jobs due to circumstances that were entirely out of their control and we just really wanted to be able to step in and ease some of the financial pressures that they were facing,” said AMS Vice President Operations Jessica Dahanayake.  

“Each year, students pay fees so that the AMS can continue to provide services and represent our peers. We are thankful for the opportunity to give back through the Queen’s University Emergency Bursary Fund” Said AMS Vice President University Affairs, William Greene. 

“We recognize the incredible strain this has put on students, particularly the financial burden, and we wanted to give back to our peers. This is a time for all of us to come together and stand together as a community, and we wanted to do everything we could to support and advocate for our peers,” said AMS President Auston Pierce. 

For more information on financial aid options please visit:   https://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/student-awards-covid-19-updates-and-important-information 

Please direct all media inquiries to Ananya Chakraborty, AMS Director of Communications, at communications@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850 

BACKGROUNDER 

Alma Mater Society (AMS) – //www.myams.org 

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 18,000 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. There are over 1,000 student volunteers and 700 paid staff. 

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