Through the Emergency Student Fund (ESF), IIE is able to respond to urgent and unpredictable crises in an immediate and effective manner. Your gift to the Emergency Student Fund helps us provide vital financial assistance to displaced students from countries in crisis such as Syria and to international students in the U.S. facing tragedies in their home countries. A key source of support for these students, ESF helps them complete their education so that they may return home with skills to assist in rebuilding or developing capacity in their home countries.
“My mother owned a rice field in Romblon, Philippines, and worked as a rice farmer, but the typhoon destroyed the rice fields...I thought I wouldn’t be able to continue my studies this year, but now I hope to finish my degree in December 2014. This scholarship is a huge relief for my family and me, and when I finish my degree and start earning an income, I will definitely give back so others can also get help through this scholarship."
– Philippines-ESF Grant Recipient
Since 2010, ESF has provided over $1 million in emergency grants to over 400 students from Japan, Haiti, Libya, Thailand, Philippines and Syria whose home sources of financial support were impacted by crisis or natural disaster.
This year, in response to the emergency situation in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, IIE launched a Philippines-Emergency Student Fund to help U.S.-based Filipino students whose home-country financial support was devastated by the disaster in November 2013. IIE awarded grants totaling $90,000 to 22 students to enroll and meet educational expenses for the Spring 2014 semester.
Emergency Student Fund grants, which are often matched by host universities, enable students to continue paying tuition and replace essential items such as books and computers damaged in natural disasters. The Emergency Student Fund may also provide urgently-needed medical equipment and care to students facing serious illness or disability.