Press Release: New Scholarship Program for Syrian Women


San Francisco, CA, November 1, 2015 — Empowering women at this point of the conflict in Syria is one of the most important challenges today. These women will grow to become leaders and to contribute stabilizing the region. With these convictions, Jusoor joined hands with the Institute of International Education (IIE), the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and EducationUSA to conceptualize Jusoor’s newest scholarship program “100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives.”

The goal is to support 100 Syrian women to study at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities over the next three academic years (2016-17 through 2018-19). The partners identified gaps in recruiting students, access to information, and co-funding partial scholarships offered by higher academic institutions, which this initiative seeks to remedy through partnering with donors and universities, and by recruiting students through Jusoor’s extensive network.

The needs-based scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to funding, recipients will benefit from career development and leadership workshops, as well as a network of mentors. While Syrian women will be able to apply regardless of their location around the world, transfer applications will only be accepted from students living in Syria or one of its neighboring countries.

Jusoor ( is an NGO founded by Syrian expatriates to support the country’s development through education. It has four core programs: the higher education scholarship program, entrepreneurship program, academic mentorship program, and refugee education program in Lebanon.

More than half of Syria’s university students have had to terminate their studies as a result of the ongoing crisis in Syria. IIE and the University of California Davis estimate that between 100,000 and 200,000 Syrian youth are currently displaced from higher education. In particular, the rate of participation by women, once close to 50%, has reached the single digits.

For more information about the 100 Syrian Women Scholarship Program, visit

or contact Ms. Rose Farah at


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