Monmouth College is one of more than 30 higher education institutions to respond to the crisis in Syria by participating in a consortium led by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and offering scholarship assistance to Syrian students.
Part of a partnership announced in September at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis has committed more than $1.3 million in emergency support for Syrian students and scholars.
“Monmouth College would be delighted to accept students as early as the upcoming spring semester,” wrote associate dean Bren Tooley, MC’s coordinator of international recruitment, in response to a query from the IIE. “We can offer two full-tuition scholarships for academically strong students with documentation of their high school academic record and potential.” In addition, the college will promote its existing array of merit-based international student scholarships through State Department channels within Syria.
Tooley noted that the college rarely offers full-tuition scholarships, “so this is a wonderful thing on the part of our top administration. I am very proud of their response and of Monmouth’s affirmation of commitment to this program. This is an instance of civic engagement in a global context.”
The crisis in Syria has created an academic emergency, with the breakdown of higher education within the country and major obstacles facing Syrian students and scholars, whose lives have been interrupted by the crisis.
“There is an urgent need to provide emergency assistance to these students and scholars to enable them to continue their academic work in safe haven countries until they can return home to help rebuild their country,” said officials with IIE.