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Support for UM Students from Japan

Campus Community,

As the world reaches out to help those suffering in Japan, we also express our support to the Japanese students at The University of Montana. Sixty-five Japanese students are part of our community at UM.  All have been profoundly affected by the natural disaster in their country.

The University is reaching out to these students in many ways. More than 75 people participated in a campus event on Wednesday afternoon to share concern for Japan and discuss ways to help the Japanese students at UM.  The doors to the Office of Foreign Student and Scholar Services, Curry Health Center, the Office of the Provost, and my office are open and we all welcome the opportunity to assist.  Faculty members are working with individual students to help them cope with the consequences of the tragedy.

Some Japanese students will need financial assistance because of the crisis.  They may need to travel home. Others have families with significant financial losses. The students face months of uncertainty.  If you are interested, you can help ease their burden by giving to The University of Montana Foundation’s Foreign Student Assistance Fund.  You may give online or mail a check to the UM Foundation, P.O. Box 7159, Missoula, MT 59807-7159.  Please designate your gift for the Foreign Student Assistance Fund/Japan.

To give directly to the general relief effort in Japan, please contact the American Red Cross or one of the other international relief agencies involved in this effort.

Since the days when alumnus Mike Mansfield was U.S. Ambassador to Japan, UM has had a strong connection to the Japanese people. Your support of the Japanese students at UM is one way you can be personally involved in continuing this tradition.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Royce C. Engstrom