IRAQI AND SYRIAN STUDENT PROJECT INC

"Establishing lasting peace is the work of education" (Maria Montessori)

Harrisonburg, VA   |  www.iraqistudentproject.org

Mission

The Iraqi/Syrian Student Project (ISSP) makes undergraduate education in the US possible for qualified students who were studying in Iraq or Syria, are unable to continue their education because of the violence or their refugee status, and hope to return and contribute to the rebuilding of their country.

Ruling year info

2008

Founder

Mr. Gabe D. Huck

Treasurer

Ms Theresa Kubasak

Main address

91½ Franklin Street

Harrisonburg, VA 22801 USA

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EIN

26-1356230

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Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

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Reparation for War on Iraq

Iraq's educational system is in ruins. On May 18, 2007, The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a major story on Iraq 's universities under this headline: "Iraq 's Universities Near Collapse: Hundreds of professors and students have been killed or kidnapped, hundreds more have fled, and those who remain face daily threats of violence." Students in Iraq are without teachers, without books and computers, without university structures. And years are going by. Those who have taken refuge in Syria and Jordan (estimated at more than 2.2 million Iraqis by summer of 2007) are often unable to avail themselves of higher education in those countries and only a few succeed in being resettled elsewhere.

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Awards

Humanitarian Award 2011

Iraqi Medical Sciences Association

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WHAT IS OUR ORGANIZATION AIMING TO ACCOMPLISH?
The Iraqi Student Project (ISP) is a grass-roots effort to help war-displaced Iraqi students acquire the education they need to participate in rebuilding their country. ISP seeks the help of US colleges, universities, and a host of generous volunteers to accomplish this goal. Since 2007, ISP has sponsored sixty-two (62) Iraqi students. The most recent "Class of 2016" began studies in Fall 2012. Through a program which believes (and takes as its motto) that "Establishing peace is the work of education . . . ." (Maria Montessori), we aim to make the world a more peaceful place by displacing ignorance and strife with knowledge and acceptance.

WHAT ARE OUR STRATEGIES FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN?
Through its Staff and Board of Directors, and with the help of many volunteers and donors, the Iraqi Student Project:
--Secures tuition waivers (or other forms of assistance such as scholarships) from U.S. colleges and universities for qualified undergraduates who have studied in Iraq but were displaced by the war.
--Works impartially to identify, screen and recommend students from Iraq for tuition waivers based on their academic records, English language ability, economic need, and overall likelihood of success.
--Assists leaders in local communities in forming support groups for each student and provides the groups with the advice and counsel they may need to meet the emotional, financial, and social needs of the student.
--Promotes its mission and accomplishments to a broad spectrum of the American people.
--Develops fundraising capacity to enable its work to move forward.

WHAT ARE OUR ORGANIZATION'S CAPABILITIES FOR DOING THIS?
Our capabilities for fulfilling our mission lie in great part in the hands and hearts of peace-loving and generous American citizens who share our resolve to do what we can to make reparation for the tragedy that was/is Iraq. Although ISP is not a faith-based organization, many of our supporters are motivated by their religious convictions and the compassion with which those convictions are put into practice. Although outrage is an understandable response to the horrors of a decade of sanctions followed by a decade of war, it is empathy for those who suffered which motivates our leadership and those who support us.

WHAT HAVE AND HAVEN'T WE ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR?
Since 2007, ISP has sponsored sixty-two (62) Iraqi students. All but six of those completed their undergraduate studies, several with honors. Most have been accepted into internships or Optional Practical Training programs in pursuit of graduate studies. The most recent "Class of 2016" (eight students) began studies in Fall 2012. What we have not accomplished is a workable response to the violence in Syria where our preparatory program was located (in Damascus) until August 2012.

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IRAQI AND SYRIAN STUDENT PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 6/18/2019
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Board co-chair

Dr. William Merriman

Manhattan College

Term: 2017 - 2018


Board co-chair

Mr. Doug Hostetter

Mennonite Central Committee - United Nations

Term: 2017 - 2018