Our Mission . . .

The Iraqi Student Project (ISP) is a grass-roots effort to help war-displaced Iraqi students acquire an undergraduate education. ISP seeks the help of US colleges, universities, and a host of generous volunteers. ISP has sponsored sixty-two (62) Iraqi students. The most recent "Class of 2016" began studies in Fall 2012, when the conflict in Syria forced ISP to close its recruitment center in Damascus.

Iraq Today and Tomorrow: A History of the Roots of Conflict

Awab AlRawe, recent ISP graduate from the University of Oregon, writes: "This is the first of a series of articles I am writing about Iraq to explain from an Iraqi point of view the political situation, the sources of and solutions to conflicts in Iraq, and the region in general. I hope you enjoy and benefit from reading it.” [Follow Awab on his blog here: http://awabalrawe.blogspot.com/]

 Current ISP Students (2012 - 2016)

Fifteen (15) ISP students graduated in May/June 2013, and eight (8) graduated in 2014. Others finished their studies in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The following students are in their Junior or Senior year:

Ahmed Al-Dulaimi

Fontbonne University St. Louis MO

Anas Anees

Lewis University, Romeoville IL

Awss Anees Dabe

Lewis University, Romeoville IL

   Hasan Jawad Ali

Whitman College, Walla Walla WA

Huda Al-Sammarraie

Berea College, Berea KY

Mimoon Alwash

Worcester Poly Inst, Worcester MA

Mohammed Al-Ani

Tufts University, Medford MA

Mustafa Hmood

Christian Brothers Univ, Memphis TN

Mustafa Mahmood

Gonzaga University, Spokane WA

Rand Zalzala

Oberlin College, Oberlin OH

Riyam Al-Karkokliy

Regis University, Denver CO

Saif Al-Saegh

Great Falls University, Great Falls MT

Safana Alomary

DePaul University, Chicago IL

Sarab Shada

Loyola University, Chicago IL

Taleen Al-Dilanyan

Smith College, Northampton MA

Ziad Al-Shamsie

Dartmouth College, Hanover NH


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The Passing of a Friend . . .

by ISP student Huda Al-Sammarraie, Berea College, Berea, KY
Dr. Michelle Tooley passed away on May 26, 2015, after a two-year struggle with cancer. She died very peacefully at her home surrounded by friends who were singing to her. I had the chance to see her two days before, and even though she could speak very little, she was fully aware and could remember everything clearly . . .

ISP News and Appeal - Spring 2015

Spring brings renewed hope, especially perhaps to college students who are looking forward to graduation--and to those who have helped them reach their goal./

Click here for December 2014 News & Appeal

We must never give up our hope--or our efforts--for peace. There are as many avenues toward peace as there are people who strive toward it. The Iraqi Student Project has chosen education as our way to establish lasting peace, and we are grateful that you have joined us in that effort. At a time of year which many see as a season of peace, may you be richly rewarded for your support of our mission and our students. Their learning and their lives are an encouraging example of what efforts for peace can achieve.

On the Ground Update on the Situation in Iraq

Click on the title to read a letter from Dr. Sarah AK Ahmed, Director of Operations for The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME) and Personal Assistant to Canon Andrew White, detailing her experiences over the last year as the crisis with ISIS in Iraq has escalated to increasing levels of severity. Sarah is a former ISP student. She provides an inside perspective on the crisis, and shares stories from her vast experiences. Please read this letter and share it with your friends and family.

ISP News Summer 2014

Looking back, it often seems impossible that so much can be accomplished when the need is so great and continues to grow! But it doesn't seem impossible to our students. Given the further deterioration of the situation in Iraq and Syria, our students are all the more mindful of and grateful for what your love and support has made possible. We feature some of their stories in this issue of the ISP newsletter.