Contributed by Jill Cueni-Cohen
The Wheaton College president has sent the message that international students are welcomed there by offering a refugee a full scholarship.
One refugee fleeing a war-torn Middle Eastern country, especially one of those countries which sanction terrorism as listed on President Trump’s temporary travel ban, could be welcomed to Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts with a full scholarship, according to President Dennis Hanno.
“The current executive order on immigration, which was signed on Friday, January 27, endangers the broadly diverse learning environment that is essential to our mission,” Hanno said this week, announcing that “The Wheaton Refugee Scholarship” will cover all costs of attendance, and preference will be given to a qualified student from one of the seven nations outlined in the president’s recent executive order on immigration: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. “These students have faced extraordinary hardships and we believe it is our responsibility as global educators to make this commitment at this time.”
In addition, Hanno called for the President to rescind the travel ban order. “We urge our country’s leaders to end swiftly the ban on welcoming refugees and foreign nationals to sustain the productive exchange of ideas and viewpoints that make our institutions of higher learning such fertile ground for expanding knowledge and hope,” he said, adding that if the order isn’t rescinded, the scholarship will go to a refugee from a war-torn country already living in the U.S.
“This new policy implies that international students are neither needed nor wanted,” said Hanno. “This is false, and we must counter that divisive message.”
H/T: The Hill
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