The Institute of International Education (IIE), with support from the Freeman Foundation, distributed $330,000 to help students from Thailand on U.S. campuses whose home country financial support was devastated by the extended record-level flooding across Thailand in fall of 2011.
Thai-ESF (Emergency Student Fund) provided grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to 73 Thai students currently enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities who were in danger of not continuing or completing their degree program in the U.S. due to serious financial difficulties precipitated by the floods in their home country. Accredited United States campuses nominated students at their institutions for whom help was needed to complete the fall semester 2011 or for spring semester 2012. According to data in IIE's Open Doors 2011 report, produced with support from the U.S. Department of State, colleges and universities reported more than 8,200 students from Thailand studying in the United States, about 52% at the graduate level. Thailand is the fifteenth leading place of origin for students coming to the United States.
Thai-ESF Nominations and Grants:
- $330,000 in financial assistance was awarded to 73 Thai students.
- Grants ranged from $3,000- $5,000 and were based on demonstrated need as communicated by advisers at accredited U.S. institutions of higher education.
- Applications came from 58 schools in 26 states and the District of Columbia.
- Roughly 30% of the applicants were pursuing a BA/BS degree, 30% were pursuing a MA/MS degree, and the remainder were in AA/AS, PhD, or other programs.
This effort is part of IIE’s Emergency Student Fund (ESF), for which IIE is currently raising funds to provide emergency grants to post-secondary students matriculated at accredited educational institutions outside their home countries whose sources of support have been impacted by natural disaster or crisis. Building on a Freeman Foundation designation of $2.5 million for emergencies involving students from East and Southeast Asia studying in the U.S., IIE is issuing a request to donors around the world to support this fund for other world areas. Since 2010, IIE’s ESF has provided over $1 million in emergency grants to nearly 400 students from Japan, Haiti, Libya, and Thailand whose home sources of financial support were impacted by crisis or natural disaster. The Institute seeks to have a fund in place so that IIE can respond quickly to help students when disasters and emergencies arise.
Learn more about how to support IIE's Emergency Student Fund.