During these unprecedented times, support and services for international students have become more essential than ever. Through the Emergency Student Fund (ESF), IIE is able to respond to urgent crises in an immediate and effective manner by providing financial support to students when emergencies in their home countries, or globally such as COVID-19, threaten to jeopardize the completion of their studies. To support international students, which in turn also supports the local economy and our campuses, the Office of International Education (OIE) nominated international students who were not able to return to their home countries over the summer break due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who demonstrated a high financial need to cover their living expenses.
The Institute of International Education granted 18 of our international students with an Emergency Student Fund totaling $44,500! Eight students were awarded $1,500 during Fall 2020, 9 students were awarded $2,500 in Spring 2020, and most recently 1 student WAS AWARDED $10,000!!!
The Office of International Education also provided book cards to students totaling $2,700.
The OIE and IIE received an overwhelming response to their call of nominations for the ESF: COVID-19 Response. IIE Network members nominated approximately 1,400 students for the 309 ESF awards available at this time and had to make some highly difficult decisions. IIE ESF grantees were selected based on their demonstrated financial need and they regret that they could not provide support to a greater number of nominees, including our other students who applied. We remain sympathetic to the challenges students are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, should additional funding become available, we will inform our students immediately.