Solidarity Scholarships Fund 2020 - For students affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis

Our students, your University.

Students are indeed the most valuable asset we have. We are responsible for preparing them as best we can for their future. Unfortunately, at this moment the economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) emergency, which many families are suffering from, are putting at risk for several current and future USI students the very possibility of continuing or beginning their studies. Their way to the future. To support them we have set up a solidarity fund, to which we can all contribute.


Our committment

With the "Solidarity Scholarships Fund 2020" we intend to increase the number of scholarships available for USI students, to help even more students who need them. Scholarships are more important than ever before. As it should be, the USI community is and will be the first to make a direct and tangible commitment. An internal campaign is also therefore underway, which will allow a part of the salary to be donated automatically, as well as free donations.


How we will use the donations

The donations collected through the Solidarity Scholarships Fund 2020 will be paid out entirely to USI Bachelor's and Master's degree students who will begin their studies in September 2020, or current students as well, in the form of scholarships that will cover the semester tuition fees and, in selected cases, to support students' expenses. Compared to the scholarships already in place, the Solidarity Scholarships Fund 2020 will be awarded in consideration of economic criteria, so that we can direct these precious resources to those facing financial difficulties.

In order to ensure a complete and transparent procedure, students and prospective students shall fill in their scholarship application by 31 July 2020; priority will be given to applications submitted by 15 July 2020 to guarantee a quick response (click here for more information).

Fundraising will continue in order to increase the total number of scholarships to assist its students in facing other foreseeable difficulties due to the COVID-19 emergency.


Transparency and confidentiality

The Solidarity Scholarships Fund 2020 will be granted in compliance with the relevant Regulations. In particular, an USI working group will present the candidates and an Honorary Committee composed of third party members and an USI representative will deliberate on the proposals, ensuring compliance with the Regulations. The members of the Honorary Committee are

  • Manuele Bertoli, State Councillor, Director DECS;
  • Carlo Croci, Chairman of Raiffeisen Mendrisio and Valle di Muggio, USI honorary member;
  • Marco Fantoni, Director Caritas Ticino;
  • Stefano Modenini, Director AITI
  • Daniela Mondini, USI Pro-Rector for Equal Opportunities

The fundraising will be managed externally by an independent trustee, thus ensuring due confidentiality. Contributions to this fund are considered donations in favour of non-profit or public utility organisations, therefore tax deductible in accordance with art. 32c of the cantonal Tax Law (text available in Italian only).


How to contribute

Supporting our students means supporting the University. Your University. Our University.

Any amount will help and imply our gratitude. We thank you very much for your support.


It’s easy to contribute, and there are three ways to do so:

  • online donation by credit card
  • by open contribution wired to the designated account
  • by participating in the crowdfunding.  


1. Online donation by credit card
To make a donation online just click on the "Donate" button here below and fill out the form that will appear. The amount can be chosen at your own discretion. 


Make a donation



The details for the discretionary donation on the designated account are available by clicking on the button below: 


Payment details



3. Crowdfunding

It is also possible to contribute to the fundraising by participating in the crowdfunding on the platform: 


Participate in the crowdfunding




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