Originally published by Daily Lobo and reprinted with permission.
Sara Almidany left behind conflict in Syria to continue her education in the United States, and, attending high school in Texas, she began studying at UNM. “Having to leave Syria is one hard thing that I will never forget,” she said. The freshman biology and pre-medical school major is now the first UNM recipient of the 100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives scholarship. As one of 13 universities — including Brown University and Harvard — UNM is partaking in the program’s first session via sponsorship by the Institute of International Education and Jusoor, a non-governmental organization aimed at assisting Syria and bettering the lives of young people with Syrian roots. The 100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives scholarship program offers women in Syria the chance to avoid educational interruptions, due to violence in their country, by pursuing an education in Canada or the United States. Almidany said while Syrians are losing their “country, families, houses, future,” the “least they can get” is a good education. “These scholarships are so important, because without it, we will be lost,” she said, adding that she plans on pursuing medical school but is hoping to return to Syria in the future. Read more