Campaign Goal: $100,000
According to the UNHCR, the world is facing the worst global refugee crisis since World War II; over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes due to conflict and persecution. Among these displaced men and women are students unable to complete their higher education. Only 1% of higher-education-aged refugees attend university, as compared to 34% of higher-education-aged youth globally.
Access California Services is the fiscal partner for the the Refugee Students Scholarship Program. This program is a student-led initiative of Hearts of Mercy at UC Irvine, seeking to provide scholarships of up to $10,000 to asylum seekers, refugees and asylees admitted to a University of California campus. Asylum seekers do not qualify for federal aid and, for refugees and aslyees, available federal aid is declining. Hearts of Mercy at UCI will also help prospective applicants with their admission to a University of California campus by holding workshops on higher education and the UC transfer admissions process, and by assisting prospective applicants with their college applications and the TOEFL exam.
The best way for us to invest in the post-conflict development of war-torn countries and prevent a lost generation is by providing higher education opportunities for displaced people. Let’s stand together on the right side of history on this important issue and diplomatic opportunity – helping displaced students and the future leaders of war-torn nations achieve an education rooted in our values.
Access California Services has created a fund for the Refugee Students Scholarship Program and will assist with the selection of scholarship recipients and the distribution of funds. You can make a donation for the Refugee Students Scholarship Program below, and do not miss our fundraising banquet at UC Irvine on November 16, 2017. For more information about the special banquet program, please click here.
Thank you for your generous support! 100% of donations will go toward the scholarship awards.