Stetson University is home to over 200 international students, from 54 countries around the world. This rich diversity makes Stetson a very special place. International students are offered merit-based scholarships, as well as many opportunities learn and grow as they develop their career and leadership skills. However, international students are at higher risk of experiencing financial hardship when studying in the US. We have a solution that will help:
Nezha El Abbassy '17
"I, myself experienced severe financial stress during my senior year at Stetson. I found myself in a situation where I realized that all my hopes & dreams, and everything I had worked for were in jeopardy. I knew I couldn’t afford to continue my studies in the US so I had to make plans to leave Stetson, say goodbye to my friends, my internship, my classes and go back to Morocco. I remember feeling so powerless, sad, and disappointed because to me, it seemed like a failure. This it is a very scary thing to go through when you are alone, and thousands of miles away from your family.
Thankfully, I was fortunate to received help from amazing individuals like Roxanne Lewis, Rina Arroyo, Luis Paris and many more Stetson faculty and staff members, and I was finally able to proudly graduate from Stetson University in 2017.
This is what inspired my initiative to create an International Student Emergency Endowment Fund to help international students with unexpected emergencies. Our goal is to raise $25,000 for the endowment which will help many Stetson international students in perpetuity. I am very excited to partner with some of my best friends from Stetson to fundraise for this honorable cause.
We really hope to count on our Stetson community to come together for this cause.”
Daniel Mejia '19
“When I think of Stetson, I think of home. I think of a place where I will always feel safe and happy. A place of love and opportunity that guided me academically and socially. I made lifelong connections with people from all over the world, and that is why I feel a need to thank Stetson and pay the opportunities I had forward to future students. This emergency fund is essential for international students, who comprise about 6% of the student population. In my undergraduate years, I saw firsthand some of the financial struggles my friends were having, and now I want to make sure that there is another fund available so that the administration has the ability to help international students in need. This fund will ensure someone who is away from home has an extra cushion for support when things are not going too well. So, in advance, thank you for your contribution, and I implore you to spread the word!”