Syria-ESF 2012

In Spring 2012, the Emergency Student Fund (ESF) of the Institute of International Education (IIE) distributed $92,000 to help students from Syria on U.S. campuses whose home country financial support was devastated by the country's upheaval.

Report on the first round of Syria-ESF Nominations and Grants

IIE’s Syria-ESF provided emergency grants of $2,000 each to 46 Syrian students nominated by their U.S. host colleges and universities who risked being unable to continue or complete their degree program in the United States due to serious financial difficulties precipitated by the situation in their home country. Accredited U.S. campuses nominated up to four Syrian students at their institutions for whom help was needed to complete spring semester 2012. IIE expects U.S. institutions nominating these Syrian students to also help address their urgent financial needs through tuition waivers, scholarships, and other forms of assistance.

  • $92,000 in financial assistance was awarded to 46 Syrian students.
  • Applications came from 39 schools in 21 states.
  • Roughly 10% of Syrian students currently enrolled in U.S. institutions applied for funding.
  • Over one-third of the awarded students will complete their degree program during 2012/13.

Syria-ESF 2014

In December 2014, the Emergency Student Fund (ESF) of the Institute of International Education awarded emergency grants to 43 Syrian students on U.S. college and university campuses who face urgent financial need due to the on-going conflict in their home country.

Report on the second round of Syria-ESF Nominations and Grants

IIE’s Syria-ESF provided emergency grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 to 43 Syrian students with urgent financial need to continue their U.S. studies. These grants were made possible by the DC-based Al Waref Institute with technical support from the U.S. Department of State and generous financial support from a leading Syrian businessman.

“Education is the orphan of any war,” said IIE President and CEO Allan E. Goodman. “With the crisis in Syria dragging on into its fourth year, it is absolutely imperative that we step up to help Syrian students so that we do not lose an entire generation of leaders.”

  • $214,000 in financial assistance was awarded to 43 Syrian students.
  • Applications came from 34 schools in19 states.
  • Roughly 10% of Syrian students currently enrolled in U.S. institutions applied for funding
  • Priority was given to nominated students with the most urgent financial need who are enrolled in full-time degree programs and are scheduled to graduate in spring 2015.

IIE’s Emergency Student Fund Assists Syrian Students Enrolled in U.S. Universities

Support the Syria Emergency Student Fund

It is anticipated that student need may exceed funding currently available in the Institute's Emergency Student Fund. To bridge any funding gaps, IIE is seeking donations from interested individuals and foundations. The goal is to provide Syrian students who are enrolled in U.S. degree programs and unable to access funds from home with enough support so that they can complete their U.S. studies and not have to drop out of their programs prematurely. Support from IIE's Syria-ESF, combined with host university support, is meant to provide students with a temporary respite so that they might complete their study program and make plans for the future.

To support Syria-ESF, please make a donation now and designate your gift by entering "Syria-ESF" in the gift designation field.

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About IIE's Emergency Student Fund

IIE’s Emergency Student Fund (ESF) provides 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 other crises. 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 $1.5 million in emergency grants to over 450 students from Japan, Haiti, Libya, Thailand, the Philippines, Syria, and Iran 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. To support IIE's Emergency Student Fund, please make a donation now and designate your gift by entering "ESF" in the gift designation field.

Syria Scholarships

The IIE Syria Consortium encourages universities to commit to providing scholarships for Syrian students for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. Interested institutions should fill out IIE’s host institution and scholarship form.

Learn more about the IIE Syria Consortium and find scholarships/ resources for Syrian students

To view IIE's latest financial report, visit the IIE Annual Report.