Emergency Assistance to Syrian Students
By Allan E. Goodman
As I write this, the upheaval in Syria continues to make headline news. What you may not hear is that many students from Syria who are enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities have been cut off from funds from home and face dire financial need. We have learned from recent emergencies in Haiti, Japan, and Thailand that an emergency grant at this critical time can help them stay in school and get the education they will need to be able to help their country in the future.
At our conference, we announced that IIE's Emergency Student Fund will make 46 grants to students from Syria who might not otherwise be able to remain enrolled at their U.S. institutions. We are particularly grateful to members of the Syrian American community who have contributed to this emergency fund and to the campuses who are providing help with tuition or other costs. To learn more about this initiative or to donate, please visit iie.org/syria-esf.
Many thanks to Senator Ted Kaufman, and IIE's Daniela Kaisth and Jaye Chen for their ideas and service in guiding this fund.
I also invite you to take a moment to visit our new multimedia conference site to watch our eloquent keynote speakers and meet some of the remarkable educators who are responsible for the initiatives that won IIE's Andrew Heiskell Awards for 2012. We hope you will be inspired, as we were, by their innovative initiatives and the passion and dedication of the professionals who make these programs succeed.