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IIE gives aid to Syrians studying in US

The Institute of International Education is set to award grants from the Emergency Student Fund to Syrian students studying in the USA who are facing financial difficulties due to the current crisis in the country.

“ESF shows that the community cares"

As of 1 March, the IIE received over 50 nominations for grants of US$2,000 from host colleges and universities around the country after an open call two weeks ago.

“It is clear from the applications we have received in this relatively short two-week window that Syrian students studying in the United States need our help,” said IIE president and CEO, Allan Goodman. “Despite great obstacles and hardship, they are determined to earn degrees in the US that will help them meet their home country’s needs.”

The high volume of nominations has exceeded the funds currently available

Higher education institutions are expected to also contribute to the initiative through tuition waivers, full or partial scholarships, loans or other forms of support.

IIE is actively seeking donations from interested individuals and foundations as the high volume of nominations has exceeded the funds currently available in the ESF funds.

“We hope that donors will now contribute to our current efforts to help Syrian students as an investment in the world’s future leaders. As many recipients in the past have told us, ESF not only provides them with emergency funds to help them handle a crisis, but also shows them that the community cares and gives them hope for the road ahead,” said Goodman.

Awards will be announced in early March. IIE may announce a second call for nominations in late March depending on the availability of funds and ongoing need.

More than 500 students from Syria studied in the United States in 2010-11 according to data from the 2011 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, an increase of 24% from the previous academic year.

Since 2010, IIE’s ESF has provided over US$1 million in emergency grants to nearly 400 students from Japan, Haiti, Libya, and Thailand whose home sources of financial support were impacted by crisis or natural disaster.

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