100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives Scholarship Program

This scholarship is open to Syrian women who have demonstrated exemplary social service with leadership, academic excellence, and civic responsibility, who have characteristics reflecting the importance of empathy, humility, courage and resilience, and who have potential to serve as global leaders.

It is lead by Jusoor and administered as part of the IIE-led Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis. Key partners are Jusoor, the Institute for International Education (IIE), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), EducationUSA, and Monmouth College.

This scholarship is open to students who are:

  • Admitted to university in the U.S. or Canada but are not enrolled yet.
  • planning for their future studies and careers, who are interested in studying at universities in the U.S. and Canada, but have not started their university applications yet.

The scholarship amount is up to $50,000 per student, which will be awarded on a needs-basis. The funding will contribute towards tuition and fees, living expenses, and fees related to university applications, required tests, and the visa application. Students who get to the final rounds of selections will be asked to fill in a financial assessment form to determine their ability to contribute financially to their studies. The scholarship will cover the remaining expenses up to $50,000 per student.

Applicants who have not started applying to universities yet and who get the scholarship will be supported during the application process, including in identifying institutions that will provide complementary funding.

Scholarship recipients will be required to participate in leadership and career development workshops during their studies.

To download the 100 Syrian Women Scholarship brochure click here.

Eligibility criteria

  • Nationality: Applicants must be Syrian, or Palestinian with a Syrian Travel Document (Palestinian Refugees in Syria).
  • Gender: All applicants must be women.
  • Degree level: This scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Transfer students are eligible only if they are currently studying in Syria or one of its neighboring countries.
  • Dossiers: Only students having a very strong academic background, demonstrated by their transcripts, and at least one letter of recommendation from a professor or teacher will be considered.
  • Proficiency in the English Language: All candidates are required to speak and understand English at a level that would allow them to pursue a higher education program in English.
  • Financial need: Students must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the scholarship.
  • The final scholarship award is conditional upon admission into a higher education institute and getting a visa as needed.
  • All disciplines and academic fields of study are available under this program, with the exception of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry. Law is only available on the graduate level.

Selection criteria

  1. Academic achievement

  2. Personal achievement

  3. Solid academic plans for degree

  4. Solid plans for future, beyond academic degree

  5. Social responsibility

  6. Extraordinary strength of character (leadership and overcoming major obstacles)

  7. Interest in and commitment towards helping Syria

To Apply

Applications will be accepted from two student groups:

  • Those admitted into universities in the U.S. or Canada to start their studies in Fall 2016.
  • Those who are aiming to apply to universities in the U.S. or Canada to start their studies in Fall 2017, but have not started the application process yet.

Applications from the first group will be accepted on a rolling basis between January 1st and May 1st, 2016. They will be processed based on financial aid deadlines at the institutions the students have been accepted at, in order to provide funding in time for enrollment.

Applications from the second group will be accepted by May 1st, 2016.

UPDATE: Prior acceptance to university is no longer required to be considered for the scholarship and for placement at a university in the US or Canada in 2016. Apply by February 15, 2016 to be considered for the 2016 scholarship. All required supplemental documents need to be submitted by the deadline as well. Students who have applied already will be considered for 2016 automatically. All supplemental materials need to be received by the February 15, 2016 deadline.

Please find the application form here.

You can prepare your application offline first if you wish and fill and submit it online when you are ready. Only online application submissions will be accepted. If you would like to download an offline version of the application form, click here.

Supplemental documents (transcripts, recommendation letter, copy of passport or national ID, and the acceptance letter from university if you have already gotten accepted) should be submitted in one email letter to scholarships@jusoorsyria.com with the subject line “100 Women Application Materials: First name, Last name.” Applications will only be processed after the supplemental materials have been received. Please submit these no later than May 1st, 2016.

Students who get to the final rounds of selections will be asked to fill in a financial assessment form to determine their ability to contribute financially to their studies. The scholarship will cover the remaining expenses up to $50,000 per student.

If you have any questions, please refer to the frequently asked questions page or write to scholarships@jusoorsyria.com.

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