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. 

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 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 (2017)

DePaul University, Chicago IL

Taleen Dilanyan

Smith College, Northampton MA


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Holiday News and Appeal

/Dear Friends of ISP: In this holiday season, those of us in the US can give thanks for so many things—for families and health and a safe place to live—and for the fact that we can share blessings with survivors like Safana Alomary, who had to flee Iraq after the devastating war our country waged in her homeland. CONTINUE . . .

News of ISP - September 2016

Dear Friend of ISP,
It is with mixed feelings that I send you this final newsletter from The Iraqi Student Project. First among those feelings is pride . . . pride in the accomplishments of the sixty-four Iraqi students who were prepared for undergraduate education in the United States . . . . CONTINUE

ISP Reunion: May 27-30 in Chicago

ISP Reunion: Twenty-nine ISP alumni came to Chicago, along with ISP friends and guests, to celebrate the success of the ISP mission. The theme of the reunion was "Paying it Forward."

Click to view: April 2016 ISP Newsletter

April 2016 Newsletter: In This Issue: Six ISP students to graduate in May 2016 (Mustafa, Riyam, Rand, Ahmed, Taleen, and Awss). ISP Reunion in the Chicago area on Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30, 2016). See details in the newsletter. Calling all ISP Alumni, Support Groups, Host Families, Faculty, Board & Staff Members, Donors, Friends!


ISP Newsletter: Huda Graduates from Berea

December 2015 Newsletter: ISP’s newest alumna, Huda Al-Sammarraie, graduated from Berea College on December 13, 2015, with a double major in Economics and Spanish. Huda’s studies took her to Spain for concentrated study in Spanish. A host of friends, sponsors, and supporters were present to see Huda receive her degree. /