Julia Stasch-IIE Scholarship for Refugees

Julia Stasch-IIE Scholarship for Refugees

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the Julia Stasch-IIE Scholarship for Refugees. Administered as part of IIE's Student Emergency Initiatives, this scholarship opportunity will support students who came to the United States as refugees or have been granted asylum to complete their studies at a Community College in the Greater Chicago Area.

Students interested in this opportunity will receive the following benefits if selected for the scholarship:

  • Scholarship of $10,000 for your second year of community college to cover tuition balance, living expenses, and other costs related to your education.
  • 1-2 week leadership program in summer 2020.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please read the following to determine your eligibility for the Julia Stasch-IIE Scholarship for Refugees.
  1. You must have come to the United States through the UNHCR resettlement program, or been granted asylum.
  2. You must be between the age of 18 - 35.
  3. You must have completed your first year of studies at one of the following Community Colleges in the Greater Chicago Area:


    Harper College
    Moraine Valley Community College
    Oakton Community College
    College of Lake County
    Elgin Community College
    College of DuPage
    Waubonsee Community College
    Triton College
    City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College
    City Colleges or Chicago - Harold Washington College
    City Colleges of Chicago - Olive-Harvey College
    City Colleges of Chicago - Truman College
    City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy-King College
    City Colleges of Chicago - Richard J. Daley College
    City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College
    McHenry Country College
    South Suburban College
    Morton College
    Joliet Junior College
    Prairie State College
    Ivy Tech Community College Northwest

  4. You must meet a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  5. You must be willing to participate in a 1-2 week leadership program in summer 2020.

Required Materials:

  1. Proof of Enrollment at a Community College in the Greater Chicago Area.
  2. Transcripts of the first two or more semesters.
  3. Copy of a valid ID or passport.
  4. Proof of current or previous refugee or asylum status.
  5. Two academic and/or professional Letters of Recommendation: Letters of Recommendation from outside the U.S. will be accepted, but Letters of Recommendation from friends and family will not be accepted. All Letters or Recommendation must be in English.

How to Apply

If you meet the above listed eligibility criteria, you will need to complete the online application and submit all required supporting documents. All supporting documents must be uploaded to the online application, and cannot be sent via email.

You will be able to send a link to your references inviting them to provide a letter of recommendation to support your application.

The deadline to submit your application and all supporting documents is June 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM CDT.

If you have any questions regarding the program or the application, please email sei@iie.org.