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. 

Please...can you help?

Dear Friends:

Many of us are spending a great deal of time these days worrying about and working for those most vulnerable among us, including refugees from Middle Eastern countries. Safana Alomary, our last ISP student, had to flee Iraq after the devastating war. In Syria, she became a member of the Iraqi Student Project. Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak helped her to perfect her English and secure a student visa, and we three and other Chicago supporters convinced DePaul to take her as their second ISP student.

Safana is doing well as a Relational Communications major and expects to graduate in December. She finished last semester with a 3.9 GPA and is currently exploring graduate school options in the health professions so she can give back some of what has been given to her. We are grateful for DePaul’s generosity in providing Safana’s full undergraduate tuition.

We are also thankful for friends who provide for her books and living expenses, including a generous ISP friend who gives her a discount on her small apartment. One of our heavy expenses is the increasing cost for her health insurance. Books and computer access have also markedly increased. Safana’s immigration status may be endangered after graduation, and given the current climate in Washington regarding immigrants, we may be facing attorney fees in our continued effort to ensure her safety in this country.

So we turn to you. Can you help us continue to support this amazing young Iraqi woman? You may make a 100% tax deductible contribution here at our website or by mail to the address above. Perhaps you will consider becoming a monthly sponsor. Knowing that we have regular donors will help us in our budgeting. Call Mary at 847-864-4015 and she’ll help you to set up a bank transfer.

Many thanks from the ISP team.

Dickelle Fonda, Rosalie Riegle, and Mary Sotir

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 gratitude. 

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Iraqi Syrian Student Project
Theresa Kubasak, Treasurer
91½ Franklin Street

Harrisonburg VA 22801






Sarah Glidden: Author, Artist, Friend of ISP

/"Sarah Glidden’s remarkable Rolling Blackouts adds a new twist to the [graphic journalism] form. Glidden accompanies a team of journalists through Syria and Iraq and her muted watercolours record not only the lives of people in war zones but the way the media interacts with them. Highly recommended."―The Guardian

Sarah Glidden has been a friend of The Iraqi Student Project for many years. In the course of her extraordinary efforts on our behalf, she has worked closely with ISP Founders Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak, as well as ISP students. See our story on her website at http://sarahglidden.com/the-waiting-room-3/. Sarah continues to assist the cause of refugees everywhere through her graphic books, comics, and blog. Rolling Blackouts is available at Amazon by clicking here

ISP Reunion: May 27-30, 2016

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.