“In the past, the Jews were found guilty of everything. Today it’s the refugees…One should never forget how difficult it is to leave behind everything just to survive.” ~ Hanni Levy, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor from Berlin criticizing anti-migrant hatred during a speech at a Greens party convention in Hannover
ELEVATE Refugees Scholarship is a new program helping refugees gain higher education and/or skills training
ELEVATE Refugees Scholarship is the newest program of Human Rights Society helping refugees in the U.S. get farther in their higher education and/or skills training goals which will lead to being more marketable and gaining higher paying jobs in the workforce.
A pilot program in Washington state will start in January 2018 and Human Rights Society is currently fast at work building relationships with scholarship benefactor partners (e.g. colleges, vocation schools), refugee communities, resettlement agencies, and other partners to make this program a reality and success. Elevate will offer both scholarships and mentorship throughout the recipients schooling and beyond.
Facts on Refugees
Refugees have been in the news the last few years because of the enormous international crisis happening in Syria and the mass migration happening across Africa and Europe. The United Nations (UN) describes it this way, “An unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home by conflict and persecution at the end of 2016. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees (historical record), over half of whom are under the age of 18…(UN)”
Almost a million refugees have resettled in the U.S. since 2010. Washington state has brought in 16,504 refugees from 46 countries, ranking it 10th of all states in number of refugees (KUOW).
Watch the below video by the UN to learn more:
Why do we need scholarships for refugees?
Even though 25% of refugees have high school education coming into the U.S., comparable to U.S.-born adults (29%) or immigrants (27%), not surprisingly, they earn far lower income. On average, refugees earn only 42% of median U.S. income within the first 5 years of their resettlement and take, generally, 10 years before they catch up to average U.S. citizens. Scholarships can greatly accelerate refugees’ earning potential that will make a big difference in their stability in the U.S. In Washington state, as an example, there are no public refugee scholarship fund. ELEVATE seeks to help close this income gap faster for refugees.