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UNM student benefits from scholarship for Syrian women

Sara Almidany left behind conflict in Syria to continue her education in the United States, and, attending high school in Texas, she began studying at UNM. “Having to leave Syria is one hard thing that I will never forget,” she said. The freshman biology and pre-medical school major is now the first UNM recipient of the 100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives scholarship.

Higher Education for Syria

It is important to remember, however, that Syria’s school-age children are not the only generation at risk of being lost. The Institute of International Education (IIE) estimates that as many as 450,000 of the more than four million Syrian refugees in the Middle East and North Africa are 18-22 years old, and that approximately 100,000 of them are qualified for university. They, too, are in desperate need of opportunities to further their studies.