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University of Michigan: Offer 10 scholarships to Syrian students

We call on University of Michigan to provide at least 10 scholarships to Syrian students for upcoming classes. We also call on UMICH 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: Hani Habra & Haleemah Aqel

To: President Schlissel and the University of Michigan Board of Regents

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 from their right to education. Millions of Syrian students are now refugees, with no nearby school. And millions more are to 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.

We are calling on the University of Michigan 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.

With the ongoing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan in effect at the University of Michigan, it is crucial for us to support and provide equal opportunity to Syrian students. As the leaders and best, we must provide the best for all individuals affected by adversity.

The University of Michigan accepts over 14,000 students every year, offering many generous scholarships. Since the state of Michigan is currently home to over 40 Syrian refugee families, we students of the University of Michigan, think that 10 scholarships should go to Syrian refugees who would otherwise have no education. We hope that the University of Michigan can be a leader to universities around the world by offering these Syrian refugee students a second chance at getting their education.