SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

January 20, 2016 10:30 ET

University of Calgary establishes new bursaries and programs to support Syrian refugees

Bursaries for up to 33 Syrian refugees along with language, settlement and health support

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - January 20, 2016) - The University of Calgary is stepping up efforts to assist arriving Syrian refugees through a series of programs including the establishment of up to 33 bursaries, English language training, and supporting needs assessment in partnership with Calgary's Syrian Refugee Project.

Through a community campaign, the university will match up to $100,000 in new funds raised by students, faculty, staff, alumni and other community members towards student bursaries for those who have come to Canada as refugees from Syria.

"The University of Calgary has a long-established history of welcoming people from all over the world, and I am very pleased that we are adding this important outreach program to ensure that Syrian refugees have the best opportunity to thrive in our community," said President Elizabeth Cannon. "With all the wonderful efforts being made across our city, and throughout the country, to house, clothe and feed refugees when they arrive, we are happy to open our doors and remove economic barriers to ensure Syrian students can move forward with their education."

Eligible Syrian students will receive a bursary worth $6,000 which can be applied to any university-related expenses. Qualifying students will be those who meet the academic criteria of admission to the University of Calgary.

"Assisting those who are most in need -- such as Syrian refugees -- is something we feel responsible and compelled to do and we are delighted to bring our community members together for this important initiative as an additional element within the many outreach programs we already support." said Diane Kenyon, vice president (university relations).

In addition to the new bursary program for Syrian refugee students, the university is working in partnership with Calgary's Syrian Refugee Project to support needs assessments for arriving Syrian refugees and supporting English Language training.

The City of Calgary is expected to receive as many as 2,000 refugees in the coming months as part of the new federal government's pledge to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of February 2016. Through these efforts, the university is putting its expertise to use in helping to welcome refugees to the Calgary community.

The University of Calgary welcomes community support to help remove economic barriers to ensure Syrian refugee students can thrive in our community. Those who wish to make a contribution, can do so on-line at https://www.ucalgary.ca/community/support_syrian_refugees

President and Vice-Chancellor, Elizabeth Cannon, will be available for individual interviews from 1:15 - 2:00 p.m. today. Please contact Media Relations for more information.

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