AYF Alumni Emergency Fund

We know these past two months have been a major stress test for everyone on a personal level. But in the midst of this uncertainty, our international community of AYF alumni has collectively raised more than $11,000 for students facing immediate financial crisis.

Your generosity has made an immediate impact. Every cent of that $11,000 has already been disbursed between ten 2019-20 AYF students who need the money to pay for basic living expenses like rent, health care, tuition, and groceries. The AYFAA and AYF Alumni & Friends have also added money from their limited operating funds to support this mission.

Thank you so very much for selflessly giving to students at risk of dropping out of university, living without affordable access to healthcare, and potentially facing eviction during a pandemic. Without your gift, we could not have met the students’ urgent needs.

Just as we had distributed seven emergency grants to students based on their needs, we received three additional requests for aid from students who were nervous to ask for help. The Alumni Club Boards approved the use of general operation funds to immediately aid these students.

Our goal now is to raise as much as we can, to give as generously as we can, for future student needs because we anticipate more requests for support this summer as bills become due.

Please give what you can ($5, $50, $500, or $5,000) to continue supporting our fellow AYFers.

AYFAA is working to promote and celebrate the many benefits of the Academic Year in Freiburg program.  Your donations make this all possible!  You can sign up as a member of AYFAA here, and all financial contributions in excess of the annual dues are also graciously accepted.  AYFAA is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so we will gladly acknowledge your contributions so they will be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

AYFAA supports dedicated funds to award scholarships to current students in the AYF program.  For example, one class established a scholarship fund in honor of their Resident Directors, which will be awarded to new students every year starting with the 2019-2020 academic year.  AYFAA looks forward to increasing scholarship funds every year to help more students afford the Freiburg experience.

To donate more than the annual membership dues, just let us know whether you would like the funds to support the AYFAA general operations (many donors send more than the membership dues, in support of our general funding needs), or to go toward funding future scholarships.

If you would like to set up a separate scholarship fund — in honor of your year, your favorite professor, or even the Münsterplatz — just ask!  Have questions?  Contact us at

The links for paying by check or PayPal are below.


Or send checks to:

AYFAA Treasurer
1741 W. Barry Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657