Three students join UMaine through Qatar Scholarship for Afghans Project

Three displaced students from Afghanistan were welcomed by the University of Maine this semester through the Qatar Scholarship for Afghans Project.

The partnership between UMaine’s Office of International Programs and the project allows these students to continue their education with full scholarships after being evacuated from their home country. The university also collaborated with the Brewer office of the Catholic Charities of Maine to welcome and support them. 

“We are thrilled to welcome these new Black Bears who have traveled so far and endured so many struggles to continue their education with us,” says UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy. “I applaud the Office of International Programs for helping these students find a home here. This is a clear demonstration of the compassion and commitment to student success that we pride ourselves in offering. The office plays a critical role in ensuring learners worldwide can study, excel and be part of a community at the University of Maine and our regional campus, the University of Maine at Machias.” 

Administered by the Institute of International Education, the Qatar Scholarship for Afghans Project has enabled 250 Afghan students to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in the U.S. UMaine is one of more than 40 colleges and universities nationwide to welcome students through the project for programs in the arts, business, the sciences, the humanities and the social sciences.