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 in fulfilling our mission. 

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

Awab AlRawe, recent ISP graduate from the University of Oregon, writes: "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 my blog.” [Follow Awab on his blog here: http://awabalrawe.blogspot.com/]

ISP Students (20o7 - 2016)

Over a period of nine years, ISP recruited and prepared 64 Iraqi refugees of college age for undergraduate studies in the United States. However, in 2012 the escalating conflict in Iraq and Syria forced us to close our recruitment and training center in Damascus. A host of peace-loving volunteers in Damascus and the US—and forty-two US colleges and universities—made our mission possible. To all of them we express our profound and undying gratitude. Although the seniors listed below will be the final addition to ISP alumni, they will—like their peers before them—continue to be living witnesses to what is possible when good people rally in the face of challenge. 

Ahmed Al-Dulaimi

Fontbonne University St. Louis MO

Awss Anees Dabe

Lewis University, Romeoville IL

Huda Al-Sammarraie

Berea College, Berea KY

Mustafa Hmood

Christian Brothers Univ, Memphis TN

Rand Zalzala

Oberlin College, Oberlin OH

Riyam Al-Karkokliy

Regis University, Denver CO

Safana Alomary

DePaul University, Chicago IL

Taleen Dilanyan

Smith College, Northampton MA


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ISP Reunion: May 27-30 in Chicago


ISP Reunion: Twenty-nine ISP alumni came to Chicago, along with ISP friends and guests, to celebrate the success of the ISP mission. The theme of the reunion was "Paying it Forward."

Click to view: April 2016 ISP Newsletter

April 2016 Newsletter: In This Issue: Six ISP students to graduate in May 2016 (Mustafa, Riyam, Rand, Ahmed, Taleen, and Awss). ISP Reunion in the Chicago area on Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30, 2016). See details in the newsletter. Calling all ISP Alumni, Support Groups, Host Families, Faculty, Board & Staff Members, Donors, Friends!


ISP Newsletter: Huda Graduates from Berea

December 2015 Newsletter: ISP’s newest alumna, Huda Al-Sammarraie, graduated from Berea College on December 13, 2015, with a double major in Economics and Spanish. Huda’s studies took her to Spain for concentrated study in Spanish. A host of friends, sponsors, and supporters were present to see Huda receive her degree. /

We're Sponsoring a Reunion . . . and we need your help

Why a reunion?
Strong friendships have formed over the years. You have been with us as we struggled together and rejoiced together. You have seen sixty-four young women and men emerge from the Iraqi Student Project with opportunities they only dreamed of as refugees in Syria. And you have been one with us, both in suffering and in success. Click on the title above (We're Sponsoring a Reunion) to read our story.

ISP News and Appeal - FALL 2015

Click on the title above to read our latest newsletter. As our 2015 Graduates take the next step toward their careers, our final Senior Class takes the last step toward their undergraduate degrees. Congratulations to both groups!/