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Ram Relief

Hurricane Florence Recovery

As eastern North Carolina works to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence, Winston-Salem State University is providing this website as a resource for the community to find ways to help.

Ram Relief Fund

The Ram Relief Fund was formed by the institutional leaders of Winston-Salem State University in response to the devastating natural disaster that occurred during Hurricane Florence in 2018. The fund was established to assist WSSU students directly with support not covered by government programs and other traditional relief sources. Any excess funds collected will be made available to provide assistance to WSSU students in times of future national disaster need.

Relief funds shall be disbursed in the form of grants, up to a maximum one-time grant up to $500, to eligible students. Funds are intended to meet immediate, short-term needs for food, medicine, clothing, personal needs, travel, communication resources or educational supplies. Assistance will be granted in cases where the student or family has exhausted all of their monetary assets to pay for the above listed items that could potentially cause the student to abandon their higher education pursuits. 

WSSU students who have emergency financial needs as a result of Hurricane Florence can submit this brief form to be contacted when the application for emergency funding is available.


North Carolina asks that volunteers do not self-deploy, as unexpected arrivals in affected communities creates an additional burden for first responders. WSSU students, faculty, and staff who are interested in volunteering can sign up through the State’s volunteer website. Volunteers can indicate on this site if they are interested in volunteering time, supplies, donations or resources to assist communities impacted by Hurricane Florence. Employees should visit Human Resources to learn more about community service leave.

For 126 years, Winston-Salem State University has been dedicated to serving our state and our community. As a Ram Family, I know we will do everything we can to help those in need following this terrible disaster.

Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson