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. 

Iraq Today and Tomorrow: A History of the Roots of Conflict

Awab AlRawe, recent ISP graduate from the University of Oregon, writes: "I am writing about Iraq to explain from an Iraqi point of view the political situation, the sources of and solutions to conflicts in Iraq, and the region in general. I hope you enjoy and benefit from reading my blog.” [Follow Awab on his blog here: http://awabalrawe.blogspot.com/]

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 and undying gratitude. Although the seniors listed below will be the final addition to ISP alumni, they will—like their peers before them—continue to be living witnesses to what is possible when good people rally in the face of challenge. 

Ahmed Al-Dulaimi

Fontbonne University St. Louis MO

Awss Anees Dabe

Lewis University, Romeoville IL

Huda Al-Sammarraie

Berea College, Berea KY

Mustafa Hmood

Christian Brothers Univ, Memphis TN

Rand Zalzala

Oberlin College, Oberlin OH

Riyam Al-Karkokliy

Regis University, Denver CO

Safana Alomary

DePaul University, Chicago IL

Taleen Al-Dilanyan

Smith College, Northampton MA


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ISP News and Appeal - FALL 2015

Click on the title above to read our latest newsletter. As our 2015 Graduates take the next step toward their careers, our final Senior Class takes the last step toward their undergraduate degrees. Congratulations to both groups!/

The Passing of a Friend . . .

by ISP student Huda Al-Sammarraie, Berea College, Berea, KY
Dr. Michelle Tooley passed away on May 26, 2015, after a two-year struggle with cancer. She died very peacefully at her home surrounded by friends who were singing to her. I had the chance to see her two days before, and even though she could speak very little, she was fully aware and could remember everything clearly . . .

ISP News and Appeal - Spring 2015

Spring brings renewed hope, especially perhaps to college students who are looking forward to graduation--and to those who have helped them reach their goal.

Click here for December 2014 News & Appeal

We must never give up our hope--or our efforts--for peace. There are as many avenues toward peace as there are people who strive toward it. The Iraqi Student Project has chosen education as our way to establish lasting peace, and we are grateful that you have joined us in that effort. At a time of year which many see as a season of peace, may you be richly rewarded for your support of our mission and our students. Their learning and their lives are an encouraging example of what efforts for peace can achieve.

On the Ground Update on the Situation in Iraq

/Click on the title to read a letter from Dr. Sarah AK Ahmed, Director of Operations for The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME) and Personal Assistant to Canon Andrew White, detailing her experiences over the last year as the crisis with ISIS in Iraq has escalated to increasing levels of severity. Sarah is a former ISP student. She provides an inside perspective on the crisis, and shares stories from her vast experiences. Please read this letter and share it with your friends and family.