Emergency Assistance Fund for Haitian Students on U.S. Campuses

Grants of up to $2,000 helped 147 Haitian students in the U.S. to continue their studies in 2010.

Following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, IIE launched the Haiti-Emergency Assistance for Students (EAS) Program. This initiative provided emergency grants of up to $2,000 to Haitian students at U.S. colleges and universities who faced difficulties completing their education due to the earthquake. The U.S. institutions nominated needy students and, as a condition of receiving the grants, also provided financial assistance such as tuition waivers or in-state tuition on an institutional basis.

On January 25, 2010 IIE’s Board of Trustees allocated $200,000 from the Institute’s reserve funds for this purpose, and several IIE Trustees and private donors provided approximately $61,000 in additional funds. Nominations for the first round of funding were due on February 12. The Institute received over 300 nominations from more than 160 colleges or universities in 30 U.S. states or territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and made 147 grants.

Haiti-EAS Nominations and Grants:

  • A total of 303 eligible applications were received from 27 states plus D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
  • 160 schools or campuses submitted nominations; 100 schools or campuses have students who received awards.
  • 147 students received emergency assistance grants; 114 received $2,000 and 33 received $1,000.
  • A total of $583,000 was requested and $261,000 awarded.
  • Over 80% of those selected graduated in 2010 or 2011.

This effort is part of IIE’s Emergency Student Fund (ESF), for which IIE is currently raising funds to provide emergency grants to post-secondary students matriculated at accredited educational institutions outside their home countries whose sources of support have been impacted by natural disaster or crisis. Building on a Freeman Foundation designation of $2.5 million for emergencies involving students from East and Southeast Asia studying in the U.S., IIE is issuing a request to donors around the world to support this fund for other world areas. Since 2010, IIE’s ESF has provided over $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. The Institute seeks to have a fund in place so that IIE can respond quickly to help students when disasters and emergencies arise.

Learn more about how to support IIE's Emergency Student Fund.