Two Ways of Giving
The Syrian war - the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII - has displaced over 11-million people: half the pre-war population, with over 500,000 killed to date. Scholars for Syria has taken a stand to share with our community the richness of this historic and ancient culture as well as creating awareness of the effects of this conflict on the Syrian people. We now operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.
Our projects include educational outreach, bringing speakers to our new campus at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, film screenings, and fundraising for projects that benefit Syrian scholars and their families. Read about these projects on our various page links. Donations and funding provided to keep these projects going are tax-deductible. We thank you in advance for your generosity and support of our work.
Our Scholarship Initiative for Displaced Students
Scholars for Syria is now collaborating with edSeed, an innovative, bottom-up, crowdfunding platform changing the lives of displaced students through education. We are determined to continue the work of education advocacy and expand our scope to others both offshore and in the US who need help with tuition.
Why are we doing this? Because less than 1% of refugee students have a shot at a college degree. We not only imagine the difference earning a degree can make in the lives of displaced scholars and their families - we have seen this difference ourselves - and so have you if you’ve been following our UE Syrians from the beginning. If so, you know how well this support has worked, and we are excited to be able to amplify the advocacy in this new way.
Every so often I get a message that reminds me that for all the billions spent on the Syria response, far too often the actual survival of individual students and their families depends on their encounters with compassionate people who can help them access the resources they need to be independent. It is individuals like you, plugging the gaps, that produce real consequences.
edSeed allows students to create their own story and appeal directly to donors. Donors can easily find students that fit their interests, and only accredited universities and educational institutions will receive funds. 100% of your donation will be transferred to the student’s university or scholarship foundation under your name. Check out our website and get to know our amazing young scholars - the promising ones who will create a new Syria. Watch their videos, read their profiles, understand their dreams. These underrepresented voices are confident and persistent, but they need a push to get to the next step. The potential is enormous, and we at edSeed have the kind of hope that these future leaders can use to reseed, regrow, and rebuild their nation when the guns fall silent.
“The kind of hope I often think about...is a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we have hope within us or we don’t; it is a dimension of the soul; it’s not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the world or estimate of the situation. Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons...” Vaclav Havel
The outcome of doing nothing is nothing, so we hope you join us in spreading hope in a creative, concrete, compassionate way. Please consider sponsoring one of our young scholars either individually or through your company; as you well know, every small amount makes a huge difference to a student and a leap forward toward their dream of college.