IIE Emergency Student Fund Success
Haiti, 2010: $583,000 Awarded to 147 Students Following the Earthquake
Julov Andy Pierre graduated from Pacific Union College last year with a Bachelor's degree in Religion with an emphasis on Health. He will complete an R.N. program in December of this year. He says, "I am grateful for the emergency assistance IIE provided. It helped me a lot."
Japan, 2011: $400,000 Awarded to 100 Students Following the Earthquake and Tsunami
Sakurako Ujiie worked as a Resident Assistant at University Housing & Dining Services, and walked in the graduation ceremony at Oregon State University. She will receive her diploma in Fall 2012. "It was so humbling to see the huge public support for tsunami relief efforts around the world, including the EAF grant. I would like to say thank you again for the support."
Thailand, 2011: $330,000 Awarded to 73 Students Following Flooding
Siripond Siriwandee attends Seattle Central Community College and works as an office assistant in the international student office on campus. She plans to obtain an Associate's degree. Siripond faced the possibility of returning to Thailand after flooding destroyed her family's apartment building and rice shop. She says, "It is thanks to the support that your grant provided that I was able to relieve their financial stress and not have my education interrupted by these circumstances."
Syria, 2012: $92,000 Awarded to 46 Students During Ongoing Crisis
A PhD student in Foreign Language Education who received an ESF grant says, "While being an academically and professionally fruitful year, it has placed financial burdens threatening with the discontinuation of my studies. IIE's Syria-ESF generous contribution toward my university tuition helped sustain my studies, ensuring the stability [of] my academic work and the peace of mind needed as I strive for success and academic achievements."
Phillippines, 2013: $90,000 Awarded to 22 Students Following Typhoon Haiyan
With support from the Freeman Foundation, the Institute of International Education awarded Emergency Student Fund (ESF) grants totaling $90,000 to 22 U.S.-based Filipino students whose home-country financial support was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. Nominated by faculty or administrators at their U.S. host institutions, students were awarded need-based grants of $3,000 or $6,000 to enroll and meet educational expenses for the Spring 2014 semester.
Syria, 2014: $212,000 Awarded to 43 Students During Ongoing Crisis
With the generous support of the Al-Waref Foundation, the Institute of International Education awarded Emergency Student Fund grants totaling $212,000 to Syrian students enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities. A Master's student in Business Administration says, "Your financial generosity has allowed me to be one step closer to my goal and has inspired me to help others by giving back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help other students achieve their goal just as you have helped me." Students have been awarded with grants between $5,000 to $10,000 grants to help them continue their studies in the Spring 2015 semester.
Nepal, 2015: $330,000 Awarded to 165 Students following the Earthquake
With the generous support of the Freeman Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York, as well as anonymous U.S. citizens who share IIE’s commitment to help Nepali students remain enrolled in their U.S. degree programs so they will be better prepared to assist their communities when they return to Nepal, the Institute of International Education awarded Emergency Student Fund grants totaling $330,000 to Nepali students. One student says,"I am really thankful to the Emergency Student Fund (ESF) for selecting me as a grant recipient. It has been a devastating situation for me, emotionally and financially. This award will help me to continue my education here in U.S. and to focus on my career."