Our RMA Family is made up of individuals from across the world. Our lives, however unique they are, are intertwined around one common cause, Riverside Military Academy.
The COVID-19 health crisis has triggered a roller coaster of emotions over the past several weeks. From the sudden choice families made to either bring their sons home or have them remain on campus for the remainder of the semester, the sadness shared by cadets as many of them packed their rooms and prepared to transition home, followed by the immediate shift of classroom instruction to online digital learning, and then, the continued and unknown impact of the global pandemic event, we are all concerned and in this together. Check frequently for updates
on RMA’s response to COVID-19.
RMA has been a leader during these times of uncertainty, responding and pivoting quickly. Whether from home or on campus, our cadets continue to receive active instruction and active accountability. Parents share stories of their sons promoting structure at home, being disciplined with their schedules, digital learning and class requirements, as well as assisting with physical labor and projects. The boys on campus, fondly referred to as the ReMAiners, are demonstrating their grit as well, and are being well cared for.
Our military vision of discipline and focus stands tall and we are proud to see our cadets persevere. While we may not be in control of the current situation, we know that it’s temporary and look forward to the time when conditions allow having everyone back on campus, and the opportunity to honor and celebrate the Class of 2020 in a very special Commencement, even if it’s at a later date.
Just as may be the case for you or your family members, many parents within the RMA Community are experiencing reduction in work hours, loss of jobs, the need to reduce their work force and even close businesses. Through no fault of their own, some are finding it difficult to make current monthly tuition payments that are due, and are just as concerned whether they will be able to afford to send their son back to RMA in the Fall.
Many of our closest supporters have asked how they can help RMA through this crisis. For those who are feeling blessed and want to do something, making a gift
to the RMA Pandemic Relief Fund will help provide emergency, needs-based tuition assistance for the cadets of these families affected by COVID-19, and provide access to a Riverside education in the Fall, for cadets with demonstrated financial need.
Additionally, there are a few key provisions of the new CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act which provide benefits to donors for the 2020 calendar year. Gifts to the RMA Pandemic Relief Fund, Riverside Fund, General Scholarships, and the RMA Foundation support our current, most critical needs. For more information, or to discuss how your gift can help prepare young boys for success, please feel free to reach out to me.
We are truly grateful for your generosity, which touches, and changes, the lives of these young boys, our next generation of husbands, fathers, community leaders, business owners, and professionals.
Ellen G. DeFoor, CFRE
Vice President for Advancement