Our Mission

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The Iraqi Student Project (ISP) is a grass-roots effort to help war-displaced Iraqi students acquire the undergraduate education they need to participate in rebuilding their country. To this end, ISP seeks the help of American colleges and universities to offer Iraqi students what the United States does very well—undergraduate education.

The ISP Mission

The Iraqi Student Project makes undergraduate education in the US possible for qualified students who were studying in Iraq, are unable to continue their education because of the violence or their refugee status, and intend to return and contribute to the rebuilding of their country.

Our students are recommended for study without regard to gender, nationality, religion or ethnicity.

In the United States, ISP works with colleges and universities to secure tuition waivers or full scholarships, and with local communities to build support groups for each student.

Through its Staff and Board of Directors, and with the help of many volunteers and donors, the Iraqi Student Project:

  • Secures tuition waivers (or other forms of assistance such as scholarships) from U.S. colleges and universities for qualified undergraduates who have studied in Iraq but were displaced by the war.
  • Works impartially to identify, screen and recommend students from Iraq for tuition waivers based on their academic records, English language ability, economic need, and overall likelihood of success.
  • Assists leaders in local communities in forming support groups for each student and provides the groups with the advice and counsel they may need to meet the emotional, financial, and social needs of the student.
  • Promotes its mission and accomplishments to a broad spectrum of the American people.
  • Develops fundraising capacity to enable its work to move forward.