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Nova Southeastern : Offer 10 scholarships to Syrian students

We call on Nova Southeastern University to provide at least 5 scholarships to Syrian students for upcoming classes. We also call on NSU to join the Syrian Consortium, to commit to providing scholarships for Syrian students. Furthermore, we insist on leaders of the international community to take action to protect schools and students in Syria, by whatever means necessary.

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Started by: Shreya Patel

Millions of Syrian high school and college students are unable to achieve their dream of a college degree. Due to constant bombing and airstrikes, thousands of schools have been destroyed, unfairly depriving Syrian students of their basic right to education. Millions more are to afraid to go to school because a bomb could fall on their school at any time.

Since there are no emergency funds that exist to help displaced students stay in school, it is up to universities to create scholarship opportunities specifically for Syrian students to pursue a higher education. Syrian students are unable to continue their education without institutional assistance due to the language, logistical, and financial barriers they face. The Syria Consortium, created by the International Institute of Education (IIE) has brought together 40 universities who commit to offer Syrian students and scholars a safe haven to continue their studies abroad. This is the most practical way for universities, being places of academic and educational growth, to provide humanitarian aid to the dire plight of the Syrian youth. However, we need more universities to join this mission.

As students of Nova Southeastern University, we think that tuition fees should be waived for at least five Syrian refugees, who would otherwise have no opportunity of getting admitted into a university. We are calling on Nova Southeastern University to join the Syria Consortium organized by the IIE to offer scholarship opportunities for Syrian students. Doing so will help NSU achieve its 2020 vision by being recognized by accredited agencies, the academic community, and the public as a whole for its contribution to this humanitarian crisis.

Furthermore, by providing this aid to displaced Syrian students, we will be embodying NSU’s core values of diversity, opportunity, community, and scholarship. We hope that Nova Southeastern University can be a leader to universities and colleges around the world by giving these Syrian students a second chance at getting an education and having a brighter future ahead. We must take charge of this situation and prevent the next generation of Syrian refugees from becoming a lost generation.