Steven L. Shaw Memorial International Student Emergency Fund

The Office of International Education and the broader UB community want to ensure that international students, regardless of where they’re from, have the financial support they need during times of crisis and emergency. 

About the Donor

Steven L. Shaw, a dedicated professional with a remarkable tenure at the University at Buffalo spanning over three decades, served as the Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Office of International Admissions from 1999 to 2023. His commitment to the university began in 1992 when he assumed the role of Director at the English Language Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Progressing through various roles, Shaw was appointed Assistant Director of International Enrollment Management in 1998 and, a year later, became UB's inaugural Director of International Admissions. As the founding director and later Associate Vice Provost, he played a pivotal role in establishing, developing, and expanding the Office of International Admissions. Under his leadership, UB emerged as one of the top 10 U.S. institutions hosting international students by 2010.

The university was deeply saddened by the unexpected and sudden passing of Steven L. Shaw on May 2, 2023. His legacy, however, lives on through the enduring impact he had on the international student community. Even after his passing, Shaw's dedication to supporting international students continues through an emergency fund established in his memory. This fund, created to honor his legacy and devotion to our campus, reflects his enduring commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of students.

About the Fund

University at Buffalo is home to more than 4,500 international students from all over the world. These students’ participation in the classroom and presence on campus contribute to a diverse and inclusive educational experience that benefits all students, helping to prepare them for an increasingly global society.

The Office of International Education and the broader UB community want to ensure that international students, regardless of where they’re from, have the financial support they need during times of crisis and emergency. The Steven L. Shaw Memorial International Student Emergency Fund provides emergency assistance to international students in financial distress.

  • Medical emergencies or natural disasters impacting the student or student’s immediate family,
  • Victim of a crime or accident,
  • Loss of property or income,
  • Unanticipated educational expenses (beyond tuition or university fees)

Eligibility Criteria & Application Process

In order to be eligible for this funding a student must:
  1. Demonstrate financial need as a result of unforeseen circumstances.
  2. Have considered all other resources, including emergency loans, which were insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner.
  3. Be a degree-seeking UB student in good academic standing.
  4. Hold and maintain a valid student visa, F-1 or J-1.
  5. Complete an online application form.

Eligible Expenses

Expenses covered by the Steven L. Shaw Memorial International Student Emergency fund may include:

  • Utilities
  • Off-campus rent
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Medical care
  • Child care

Award Amount & Deadline

The award amount is based on a review of your application materials. The amount of financial assistance awarded is typically US $500 per student per calendar year. Awards are based on the availability of the funds and strength of the application. Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application Review

Each request is reviewed individually. Many factors will be considered in making a decision to approve or deny a request. These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • The nature and urgency of the student's emergency;
  • The totality of the student's hardships;
  • Other resources or support that may or may not be available to the student;
  • The specific and immediate impacts the emergency may be having on the student's living and academic circumstances; and,
  • Other information provided by third parties, such as advocates or advisors, that may help to illuminate and clarify the student's situation in developing appropriate rationale for decision.

Additional Resources

If the above fund does not match your situation or needs you may be eligible for other funds at UB. For details on those and other helpful resources, please visit the Student Life Gateway and Financial Aid websites.

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