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Education Grants Available for Haiti Students

HaitiFlagAs everyone should be aware by now, a magnitude 7 earthquake devastated Haiti in early January. The death toll is estimated to be at 150,000 and leaving many more injured and missing. It is a very horrible event and tragedy for those in Haiti but it is also having a ripple effect on student citizens of Haiti that are attending U.S. colleges and universities. In many cases, these students have lost contact with family members and have been cut off from financial support that they may have been receiving.

The Institute of International Education has responded to this tragedy by creating an emergency grant program to help Haitian students continue their educational careers at U.S. campuses. They will provide grants of up to $2000 for undergraduate and graduate students having serious financial difficulty in meeting their educational costs.

The catch to this program is that students can not apply for these funds directly. They have to be nominated by an official of the school to be considered for the grant program.

The deadline for nominations are February 12th (not much time…) Here are the eligibility requirements:

  • Be a Haitian citizen
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. higher education institution (enrolled as of January 1, 2010)
  • Be in good academic standing, as defined by the host campus
  • Have the appropriate non-immigration visa status (legal permanent residents and U.S. citizens are ineligible to apply)
  • Demonstrate that the financial ability to continue their studies has been seriously disrupted by the January 2010 earthquake

A nomination form and instruction can be downloaded here.

If you know of anyone that qualifies and is in need, please be sure to share this information with them and have them contact the appropriate official at their University or College for nomination. (will probably be someone from the Financial Aid Office or International Education Department)

If you would like to donate to this charitable cause you can visit this link and just make sure your donation is designated as “Haiti-EAS”

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