Published March 16, 2016

IIE funding

Monmouth receives five grants from Institute of International Education
Five Monmouth College students have been selected to receive a total of $20,000 in emergency funding through the Syria-Yemen Emergency Student Fund (ESF) of the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Associate dean of academic affairs Bren Tooley, who also serves as the college’s director of international recruitment, applied to receive the grants. The Emergency Student Fund is intended to assist students in a single semester near the completion of their college studies, providing a small but important supplement enabling the student’s completion of the degree. The fund is restricted to students with close ties of family and personal background in Syria and Yemen. Students may qualify if they are close to graduating, are strong academically and show evidence of leadership and engagement.

“This IIE program provides timely support for advanced students,” said Tooley. “It is an important program because it enables students who come to the U.S. from Syria to persist and graduate. The awards are not large, but they can be a welcome boost when the goal of graduation is in sight.”

Tooley expressed thanks to IIE for its support for Syrian students at Monmouth College, saying, “Getting more than one grant at one school is almost unheard of. They know we are doing good work with these students.”

The purpose of the program is help Syrian and Yemeni students remain enrolled in their U.S. degree programs so they will be better prepared to rebuild their countries in the future.

“I admire our students who come to Monmouth from emergency situations,” said Tooley. “Their desire to continue their education in the face of great challenge, and the strength of their academic performance once they are here, is extraordinary.”

Eight of the 20 Syrian students enrolled at Monmouth appeared on the Dean’s List for last fall’s semester.
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