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fellows are eligible to apply for a second
and final year of fellowship support.
Ahmed, who had been a Fulbright
scholar at the University of Arizona in
2011, received a text from a friend who
had been a Fulbright director, urging
him to apply to the Scholar Rescue
Fund. "There's always a force behind
everything we do, everything that
happens to us," Ahmed says.
Thanks to that text, he applied to the
Scholar Rescue Fund, and he and his
family arrived at Ball State University in
Muncie, Indiana, on Thanksgiving Day
2014.
"It's been a life-saving thing," Ahmed
says.

The Scholar Rescue Fund also has
provided a lifeline to Eqbal M.A. Dauqan,
who was the head of the Medical
Laboratory Sciences Department and of
the Therapeutic Nutrition Department at
Al-Saeed University in Taiz, Yemen, when
she had to flee her home.
"The war created a very dangerous
atmosphere that caused a stoppage of
all activities," including classes at the
university, Dauqan recalls. Gas, fuel, and
electricity were unavailable, and water
was of poor quality and in short supply.
"We were surviving, but there was too
much suffering."
Dauqan, who did her PhD and
postdoctoral work at the Universiti

that education can help provide a vehicle for a better life."
The scholarship is geared to refugee high school students in Vermont. To qualify, students must be eligible
for federal Pell Grants geared toward undergraduates
with financial need. The scholarship covers tuition,
minus the student's expected family contribution and
any federal and state grants the student receives.
Along with aiding the scholarship recipients, it's a
way to "bring more diversity and inclusion to the campus," Jovell says.
Current New American Student Scholarship recipients come from such diverse countries as Kenya, Syria,
and Kosovo.
"The ability to leave with a bachelor's degree can
really have a significant impact on the lives of these
families," Jovell says.
Montclair State University in New Jersey also is
helping to make a difference in the lives of refugees by
educating Syrian students with the support of IIE.
"We have an opportunity to make some small contribution that might in the future help establish future
stability in the Middle East," says university Provost
Willard Gingerich.
One of those currently attending the university is
Sam Al Safarialan. The 18-year-old came to New Jersey
with his mother during his sophomore year in high
school from Damascus. His brother moved to the state
after graduating from college.
Al Safarialan recalls his freshman year of high school
being repeatedly disrupted, including by a bomb attack
outside a nearby elementary school, which killed several
young children. Windows in his classroom were blown out,
and some of his classmates were injured by broken glass.

Kebangsaan Malaysia, was urged by her
former supervisor to apply to the rescue
fund. She left Yemen for Malaysia in
April 2016, and she now is an assistant
professor in the School of Chemical
Science and Food Technology.
The Scholar Rescue Fund fellowship
proved to be a "savior" for Dauqan
and has allowed her to continue her
academic career.
For Ahmed, he spent two years at
Ball State on the fellowship, and now
continues working full time at the
university.
Yet he still longs to one day return
to his homeland. "Going back to Iraq is
always a dream I'm chasing," he said.

He couldn't reach his parents, and walked home as
shells fell. "It was one of the scariest things ever," he says.
"People were yelling to get off the street. Some things
you get used to. It was normal to hear gunshots and go
into your room and pray that nothing happened."
Now he's happily settled in at Montclair State, where
he's studying biology and one day wants to become a
dentist, like his father, who is still in Syria. "There's always
something to do," he says. "I'm loving it."
Another Syrian student is Asem Alshamah, who
spent 18 years as an anesthesiologist in Damascus, and
now is studying nutrition at Montclair State. The unrest
and kidnappings prompted him to move his wife and
two children to Lebanon in 2013. For a year he traveled
between Syria and Lebanon to continue to work and see
his family, before moving to the United States in 2013.
The 45-year-old had tried to find work as a doctor in
the Gulf States. "All countries close their doors against
Syrians," Alshamah says. Now he's getting a master's
degree in nutrition and will graduate in 2017.
The northern New Jersey/New York City area is a
good fit for his family. "They accept other culture, other
countries," and his children are flourishing in their high
school and middle school. "I can guarantee their future
in this country," Alshamah says. n
SUSAN LADIKA is a freelance writer in Tampa, Florida.

In these turbulent times, NAFSA continues to
strongly advocate for U.S. policies that lead to a more
welcoming, globally engaged, and educated society.
To learn more, go to www.nafsa.org/policy.
To engage in advocacy on behalf of these issues, go to
www.connectingourworld.org.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - March/April 2017

From the Editor
In Brief
Global Spotlight Cuba
Insights
Voices
Feature: Lay of the Land: What Now?
Feature: Finding Common Ground through Art Therapy
Feature: Empowering Refugees Through Education
Campus Profile: New York Institute of Technology
Campus Snapshot: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
Partnering
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - 7
International Educator - March/April 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Global Spotlight Cuba
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Insights
International Educator - March/April 2017 - 11
International Educator - March/April 2017 - Voices
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International Educator - March/April 2017 - Feature: Lay of the Land: What Now?
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