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Tufts University : Offer 5 scholarships to refugee students

We call on Tufts University AS&E to provide at least 3 scholarships to refugee, displaced or asylum-seeking Syrian students and 2 scholarships to refugee students of any nationality for upcoming years. We also call on Tufts University to join the Syria Consortium and encourage other institutions to join to raise awareness about the plight of Syrian students..

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Started by: Mariel Kieval

Millions of Syrian high school graduates and college students are unable to pursue their dream of a college degree. Thousands of schools have been destroyed, unfairly depriving Syrian students of their right to education. Millions of Syrian students are now refugees, with no nearby school. And millions more are too afraid to go to school because a bomb could fall on the school at any time.

While host countries and the UNHCR can provide primary education to Syrian children, the young Syrian men and women pursuing a higher education face a much more difficult task. With language, logistical, and financial barriers to overcome, these students are unable to continue their education without institutional assistance.

That's why we urge universities to create scholarship opportunities specifically for Syrian students to pursue a higher education. The Syria Consortium, created by the International Institute of Education (IIE) has brought together 40 universities who commit to offering Syrian students and scholars a safe haven to continue their studies abroad. As places of academic and educational opportunity, this is the most practical way for universities to contribute humanitarian aid to the unprecedented and desperate plight of the Syrian people. But we need more universities to join this effort.

Tufts University accepts over 11,489 students every year, offering many generous scholarships. As students of Tufts, we think that some of the seats should go to Syrian refugees who would otherwise have no education. We are calling on Tufts to join the Syria Consortium organized by the IIE to offer scholarship opportunities for Syrian students. We hope that Tufts can be a leader to universities around the world by offering these Syrian students a second chance at getting their education.