Press Release

The Denise Benmosche Woman’s Chair of the Scholar Rescue Fund

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is seeking to raise $1,000,000 for the Denise Benmosche Woman’s Chair of the Scholar Rescue Fund. These funds will enable the Institute to rescue one woman scholar in danger each year in Denise’s name in perpetuity. The Chair, part of IIE’s plan to raise a $50 million endowment for the Scholar Rescue Fund, will ensure that there will always be a place where persecuted academics can find safe haven.

The Institute is pleased to announce that all gifts to the new Denise Benmosche Woman’s Chair of the Scholar Rescue Fund will be matched ----- dollar for dollar ----- personally by Robert Benmosche,Chairman, CEO of MetLife, and an anonymous IIE donor. This means that every dollar donated will become $3.

The Denise Benmosche Woman’s Chair inaugural celebration took place on Monday, August 1, 2005 at the Hotel Bel-Air and was hosted by Amy Brandt, Co- Chair of the Women’s Leadership Committee. Speakers included an anonymous female scholar, SRF Executive Director Rob Quinn, and the two co-chairs of the Women’s Leadership Committee of the Scholar Rescue Fund.

About Denise Benmosche
Denise Benmosche, a social activist and prominent philanthropist on behalf women’s causes, is dedicated to realizing the potential of rescued scholars. Having grown up in Caracas, Venezuela under the dictatorship of Perez Jimenez before returning to New York for her secondary education, Denise has witnessed the effects of academic oppression firsthand. She identified with IIE’s SRF initial model chair --renowned author, photojournalist and humanitarian, Dr. Ruth Gruber. Denise responded to the challenge by committing time and resources to implement a multiyear comprehensive program to attract more women as leaders and major donors to the Scholar Rescue Fund. As a former teacher, she values the ideal of academic freedom and a free-thinking society and cares deeply about making the world a better place through her philanthropy. Her altruism is accompanied by a sense of self-empowerment and the reward of feeling part of a global community—an association that can improve the present and influence the future.

About the Scholar Rescue Fund
In 2002, IIE trustees Dr. Henry Jarecki, Thomas Russo and Jeffrey Epstein, together with George Soros, founded the Scholar Rescue Fund. This vital program provides support and safe haven to scholars around the world who are threatened as a result of their academic work. The Scholar Rescue Fund has provided life and career-saving support to 97 scholars from 34 different countries since 2002, enabling them to continue their teaching and research, and essentially saving their academic work. This effort returns IIE to its work in the 1930s when IIE’s Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars helped more than 330 scholars flee persecution in Europe.

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For more information or to give a gift, please contact:

Margot Steinberg
Chief Development Officer,
Scholar Rescue Fund
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
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