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. ISP has sponsored sixty-two (62) Iraqi students. The most recent "Class of 2016" began studies in Fall 2012.

 Current ISP Students (2013 - 2016)

Fifteen (15) ISP students graduated in May/June 2013; others in 2010, 2011, and 2012. The conflict in Syria forced ISP to close its recruitment center in Damascus in late 2012.

Ahmed Al-Dulaimi

Fontbonne University St. Louis MO

Alaa Baqer

Augsburg University, Minneapolis MN

Anas Anees

Lewis University, Romeoville IL

Awab Alrawe

University of Oregon, Eugene OR

Awss Anees Dabe

Lewis University, Romeoville IL

   Hasan Jawad Ali

Whitman College, Walla Walla WA

Huda Al-Sammarraie

Berea College, Berea KY

Mimoon Alwash

Worcester Poly Inst, Worcester MA

Mohammed Al-Ani

Tufts University, Medford MA

Mustafa Hmood

Christian Brothers Univ, Memphis TN

Mustafa Mahmood

Gonzaga University, Spokane WA

Othman Al-Mashhadani

NYU-Polytechnic, Brooklyn NY

Rand Qasim Zalzala

Oberlin College, Oberlin OH

Riyam Al-Karkokliy

Regis University, Denver CO

Saif Al-Saegh

Great Falls University, Great Falls MT

Samah Shada

Grinnell College, Grinnell IA

Sarab Shada

Loyola University, Chicago IL

Sundus Al-Bayati

Wellesley College, Boston MA

Taleen Al-Dilanyan

Smith College, Northampton MA

Tamara Al-Sammarraie

Bluffton University, Bluffton OH

Zaid Al-Hadeethi

Beloit College, Beloit WI

Zainab Wassef

Bellarmine University, Louisville KY

Ziad Al-Shamsie

Dartmouth College, Hanover NH


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EPIC: Empowering Youth for Peace in Iraq

/This podcast conveys the imperative message that even grassroots efforts can have a tremendous impact on the lives of many individuals. It also demonstrates the importance of connecting Iraqis with Americans, and offering the US public an opportunity to experience and learn from the strong, ancient and historic culture and traditions of Iraq and its people.

Remembering Pete Seeger 1919-2014

/Iraqi student Taif Jany gives Pete Seeger a gift: the words to the famous Woody Guthrie song "This Land is Your Land," as adapted by ISP students in Damascus, Syria. The occasion is Pete Seeger's 90th birthday celebration, May Day 2009, with friends and local musicians at the Beacon Sloop Club on the Hudson River.
The audience sings along with Pete and Taif. Camera: Briana Therien; Editor: Emily Perry; Producer: Andrew Courtney
Watch video here: http://www.vimeo.com/4458045.

ISP News and New Year Appeal

Another year has passed, and we want to thank you for your continued support in 2013. We hope you and your loved ones have a new year filled with peace. Your support of ISP has accomplished so much over the past year . . . . (click on headline to continue)

In Loving Memory: Betty Jane Wagner (BJ)

/Betty Jane (BJ) Wagner
(6-24-1928 ~ 12-12-2013).
Our long-time ISP supporter went to God on Thursday, December 12, after losing a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. BJ was a member of the original core committee for ISP DePaul and a dear friend of Hala Nakla, who graduated in 2013. BJ also stepped up to support Safana Alomary. We will miss her generosity, her stamina in hard struggles, her warmth, and her wit. Her family has listed ISP DePaul as one of the recipients for memorial donations, and we deeply appreciate their continuing generosity. A memorial service for BJ was held at on Sunday, December 22, at the Unitarian Church of Evanston.

National Catholic Reporter features ISP

/An Overview of ISP in the NCR. Photo L to R: Ahmed (Fontbonne University, St Louis MO), Awss (Lewis University, Romeoville IL) Theresa Kubasak (co-founder of ISP), Riyam (Regis University, Denver CO), and Mustafa (Christian Brothers University, Memphis TN).