IIE Emergency Student Fund to Assist Bahamian Students on U.S. Campuses
Emergency grants of $2,000 - $5,000 each will help Bahamian students with urgent financial needs to continue their U.S. studies.
The Emergency Student Fund (ESF) of the Institute of International Education (IIE) is issuing a call for U.S. colleges and universities that currently host students from the Bahamas to nominate students with urgent financial needs for an IIE-ESF award. The Bahamas-ESF will provide grants of $2,000 - $5,000 to selected students whose continuation or completion of their degree programs in the United States is in jeopardy due to serious financial difficulties precipitated by Hurricane Dorian.
Accredited U.S. campuses are invited to nominate up to five students in total for whom help is needed to complete the fall 2019 semester. Students cannot self-nominate themselves but must be nominated by an international student advisor or other campus official. Please designate one nominator per campus.
IIE expects U.S. institutions nominating Bahamian students to help address the students' urgent financial needs through tuition waivers, scholarships, and other forms of assistance. Please secure additional institutional support prior to submitting your nomination.
To submit nominations to IIE, please use the survey link indicated above and below.
Deadline: Sunday, October 6, 2019, 11:59 PM EST.
Decisions will be sent to students, copying nominators in early November. Please note, while nominators will be copied on the nomination emails, payments will be made directly to students.
Nomination Forms can be accessed here
To be considered for a Bahamas-ESF award, nominated students must:
- Demonstrate to campus officials that their financial ability to continue their U.S. studies has been seriously disrupted as a result of Hurricane Dorian;
- Be enrolled for the fall 2019 semester;
- Be in good academic standing, as defined by the host campus;
- Have the appropriate non-immigration visa status (U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or asylees are not eligible for an ESF).
U.S. host campuses nominating students for the Bahamas-ESF are expected to provide additional emergency assistance to nominated students. This can be through tuition waivers, full or partial scholarships, housing, stipends, loans, work study, or other forms of support. Please secure additional institutional support prior to submitting your nomination.
Accredited U.S. campuses are invited to nominate up to five of their Bahamian students for whom help is needed immediately for the fall 2019 semester. Nominations must be completed and submitted online. The nomination form can be accessed here. For questions, please email ESF@iie.org.
If nominating several students, the nominator should rank students based on financial need, with "1" being the highest and "5" being the lowest level of need.
The grant nominations must be submitted to IIE online by 11:59 PM EDT on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Awards will be announced in early November.
Since we anticipate that the need will exceed funding currently available in the Institute's Emergency Student Fund, we are seeking donations from interested individuals and foundations. The goal is to provide Bahamian students who are enrolled in U.S. degree programs and unable to access funds from home with enough support so that they can continue their education in the United States during the fall 2019 semester and not have to drop out of their programs prematurely. Support from IIE's Bahamas-ESF, combined with host university support, is meant to provide students with a temporary respite so that they might continue their education and eventually return to their home country and help rebuild their communities.
To support the Bahamas-ESF, please make a donation now and designate your gift by entering "Emergency Student Fund" in the gift designation field.
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