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University of Chicago: Offer 10 scholarships to Syrian students

We call on University of Chicago to provide at least 10 scholarships to Syrian students for upcoming classes. We also call on UChicago to join the Syria Consortium and encourage other institutions to join by raising awareness about the plight of Syrian students. We also call on leaders of the international community to take action to protect school and students in Syria, by whatever means necessary.

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Started by: Francesca Freeman

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty. ~John D. Rockefeller, Founder, University of Chicago

Millions of Syrian high school graduates and college students are unable to pursue their right to an education. Students inside Syria have found their education disrupted by everything from shifting front lines to unending sieges to barrel bombs. Thousands of schools have been destroyed, unfairly depriving Syrian students of their right to education. Millions of Syrian students are now refugees. Thousands more are afraid to go to school because schools are far away and frequently targeted in bombings.

While host countries and the UNHCR can provide primary education to Syrian children, 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.

We are calling on the University of Chicago to join the Syria Consortium to offer scholarship opportunities for Syrian students. 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. The consortium has supported 333 students thus far and hopes to support many more in the coming years.

From its inception, the University of Chicago has been committed to creating an inclusive and diverse community. As students at the University of Chicago, we call on the university to continue its commitment to equal opportunity by creating 5 scholarships for Syrians and Syrian refugees. We hope that the University of Chicago continues to be a leader to institutions around the world by offering these Syrian refugee students a second chance at getting a collegiate education.