Emergency Student Funds for Filipinos in Response to Typhoon Haiyan
IIE is issuing a call for nominations from U.S. colleges and universities that currently have students from the Philippines enrolled on their campuses who have emergency needs for funds to continue their studies so that their academic careers are not interrupted as a result of the financial situation in their home country.
"Our goal is to help relieve the financial burden that is compounding these students' personal distress, and to encourage them to complete their U.S. studies so they can return home with the skills and new knowledge to help rebuild their shattered communities." - IIE President Allan E. Goodman
Philippines-ESF will provide grants of $3,000 each to selected Filipino students nominated by their U.S. host colleges and universities who are unable to continue or complete their degree program in the United States. Administrators and faculty from accredited U.S. campuses can nominate up to three Filipino students at their institutions who need financial assistance to stay enrolled in the spring 2014 semester. Priority will be given to undergraduates and to those with the most urgent financial need and those closest to graduation.
International Student Advisers or other campus officials should submit applications to IIE by December 4, 2013; students cannot apply directly. Awards will be announced in mid-December. To nominate students, advisers must complete the Philippines-ESF nomination form and e-mail it to ESF@iie.org.
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To be considered for Philippines-ESF awards, nominated students must:
- Demonstrate to campus officials that their financial ability to continue their U.S. studies has been seriously disrupted by the typhoon in the Philippines
- Be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited U.S. higher education institution (priority will be given to undergraduates close to graduation, although applications can also be submitted for graduate students and non-degree students in dire need)
- Be in good academic standing, as defined by the host campus
- Have the appropriate non-immigration visa status (U.S. citizens and permanent residents are ineligible to apply.)
- U.S. host campuses nominating students for Philippines-ESF awards are expected to provide some emergency assistance to the nominated students, through tuition waivers, full or partial scholarships, housing, stipends, loans, work study, or other forms of support
About IIE's Emergency Student Fund
To make the emergency grants for students from the Philippines, the Institute will draw upon a special fund created by IIE and the Freeman Foundation to assist students from Asia facing major crises at home or in the United States. The Fund has previously been used to assist U.S.-based students from Asia during the financial crisis in the late 1990s, after the tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004, and following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The Institute seeks additional contributions for the Emergency Student Fund so that it can respond quickly to help international students when disasters and emergencies in their home countries threaten to jeopardize the completion of their studies.