Each year, the IRC in San Diego awards scholarships of $500 - $2,500 to refugee youth entering their first year at a two- or four-year college or university. You can make a difference in these exceptional students’ lives and recognize their incredible achievements with your contribution to the 2019 Youth Scholarship Fund.
All year IRC staff and tutoring volunteers watch these young people work so hard to reach their dreams, putting in the extra hours after school, participating in extracurricular clubs and activities, and doing whatever it takes to make the most of the educational opportunities in front of them.
Now is our chance to give back and show them our support as they take the next step in their education.
Getting through high school can be difficult enough for youth who have spent their entire lives growing up in the United States, but imagine the extra layer of challenge faced by local children whose families arrived in San Diego as refugees. On top of the emotional burden of being forced to flee their homes, they have often spent years waiting in uncertain conditions in a refugee camp or unfamiliar city with intermittent access to formal education.
Upon arrival in the US, these youth must now learn a whole new language and culture, mend themselves physically and emotionally, and catch up and compete with American peers who have been in school since kindergarten. In spite of so many odds stacked against them, refugee youth persevere, work hard and do catch up and earn their high school diploma.
Even then, a new challenge awaits determined youth seeking higher education: they must find the resources to attend college. Even the most dedicated students face huge financial hurdles that can prevent them from pursuing the higher education goals they dream of: the cost of college itself – tuition, books, transportation, food -- and the competing need to earn money to help support their often struggling parents and siblings. As students transition to college, limiting outside barriers is crucial to their success.
Our goal is to raise $10,000 by May 31st and scholarships will be awarded in early June 2019. All donors who give $75 or more and provide contact information will be invited to attend the award ceremony dinner.