Widener University Offers Scholarships to Iraq Orphans

According to DefenseLink, my alma mater Widener University is offering four scholarships to the children of soliders killed in Iraq:

“It’s just the right thing to do,” said Widener University President James T. Harris said during a telephone interview with the American Forces Press Service.
The genesis of the idea came when faculty and students at the four-year undergraduate school began being called up and deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. “I was speaking with a fellow faculty member,” Harris said, “and we wondered if there was something we could do.”
Harris said he went back to his office and began “crunching numbers.” He found enough money in the scholarship budget to offer four full scholarships to the university. The offer equals $100,000 for one student for a four-year degree.

As an alumnus I definitely applaud this use of the endowment to support our troops overseas.

It’s called Widener CARES—for Children of Active and Reserves Educational Scholarships. The program is open to the sons and daughters of servicemembers killed in action in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. It is a national program.

I'm tempted to send Widener some more money because of this, but I'm not quite up to naming a computer classroom in Kirkbride Hall.

(Hat tip to Outside the Beltway.)

3/17/05 Update: Michelle Malkin has found out about this story and finds that only Oklahoma is offering anything close to this same offer for our troops.

Josh Poulson

Posted Monday, Mar 14 2005 09:32 AM

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Great to hear that there are some universities willing to trade off profit for doing the right thing.


Posted Monday, Mar 14 2005 05:25 PM

Be advised that Widener is offering full scholarships to 4 different students, EVERY YEAR.

So not only is it 4 scholarships, it's 4 every year until every child has a chance for a college education.

This is so generous and patriotic of Widener. I hope and pray that more people will support and attend this outstanding university.

Thanks for informing the public and please re-post it every year so single parents will know that their children can get a free college education.

Richard Davis

Posted Thursday, Mar 17 2005 04:39 PM

Dear Sir
Send me any fellowships or scholarships for Iraq .

Dr. Khalid Al-Fartosi

Dr. Khalid Al-Fartosi

Posted Saturday, Aug 12 2006 03:09 AM

Dear Sir;
Please send me any scholarship for iraqi student to obtain a Ph.D. degree in chemical or mechanical engineering.

best regards

Hameed Balassim Mahood

Posted Thursday, Aug 9 2007 01:03 PM

Dear Sir ,
Please send information about scholarships for Iraqi students . I want to get a Ph.D degree in computer Science


Posted Thursday, Sep 13 2007 10:37 AM

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