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Support an African Student’s Transition to the UI

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Project ended on December 14, at 11:55 PM CST
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Support an African Student’s Transition to the UI


STRETCH GOAL - $7,500! Help us reach our stretch goal of $7,500 by December 14!

The additional dollars raised will be used to provide a higher award or to create more awards for more African students. 


Many young Africans aspire to study in the U.S. but face serious financial obstacles that prevent them from doing so. 

As a result, students from Africa remain significantly underrepresented among the populations of international students at most U.S. universities, including the University of Iowa. 

Supplementing an African student’s first year of tuition and transitional expenses will help them gain a foothold to begin studies in the U.S., where just getting here is often the biggest barrier.

International students must demonstrate sufficient funds to cover the first year of study in order to receive an immigration document and student visa to come to the U.S.  A scholarship of $5,000 would bridge the gap for many students and make a university education in America possible.

This special award would be given to one recipient who demonstrates strong academic performance as well as financial need and would be in addition to any merit-based Admissions scholarships for which the student may be selected.  Any funds raised in excess of this amount will be used either to provide a higher award or to create more awards for more African students.


Why does it matter?

International Programs believes strongly that the internationalization of our campus supports student achievement, wherever any one student may come from, by broadening student horizons and helping them prepare for careers that will undoubtedly reach beyond familiar borders.  If we can ease the financial burden for one undergraduate student from Africa, we not only offer needed assistance for the student but add to the diversity of our international student population.

“You Are Welcome Here” is a phrase that caught fire some months ago and declared our openness to people from other parts of the world.  The welcoming nature of Iowans and the UI community has made generations of international students feel at home, as you see in this excerpt from a grateful UI alumnus from Africa.

Ali A. Solomon, the current chairman of the United Nations’ Association of International Civil Servants, received his Ph.D. in economics from the UI in 1975.

“Forty-five years ago, I arrived at the Iowa City Bus Depot with one suitcase that contained all I owned.  A Ph.D. takes four or five years—the duration of time I intended to stay.  But as air travel was so expensive, there was no prospect that I would go home anytime soon! The Department of Economics had offered me a teaching assistantship.  Previously, I had taught at Cairo University and one of my former professors….had recommended me highly. In the days after Egypt’s 1967 defeat in the Six-Day War, it was difficult to receive government financing so I was grateful to get this opportunity despite the meager pay. Despite the many years that have passed, we still keep great memories of our life in Iowa, where the green fields reach the horizon and dreams were boundless.”

Please consider making a donation to support this campaign!  Every contribution will make a difference.



NOTICE: The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization soliciting tax-deductible private contributions for the benefit of the University of Iowa. Please visit the UI Center for Advancement disclosures site for additional information.

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Since 1972, students from Africa have enjoyed fellowship and support from organizations such as the African Student Association.



$38 is equal to the cost of the shuttle fare from the Eastern Iowa Airport to Iowa City.



$45 is the early move-in daily fee covering room and meals for international students before domestic students move in.



A gift of $75 is equal to the application fee to live in a residence hall on campus.



$120 is the UI undergraduate international student orientation fee.



$160 is the cost of the application fee for a U.S. student visa.



$250 is the acceptance fee for University of Iowa admission.


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A gift of $1,000 would help cover airfare cost from Africa to the U.S.

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