Scholarships aim to help Syrian women displaced by war

TheStar.com - Progrma opens the door to education for biomedical engineering student Roua Alkadi and otheres who fled their war-torn homeland.

Roua Alkadi had gotten used to the deafening sound of bomb blasts as she sat in class at Damascus University.

But when the growing conflict in Syria made it too dangerous even to attend class, she dropped out of her studies in accounting and joined the exodus of people fleeing the country.

For many young Syrians, leaving their war-torn country has meant suspending if not ending their education completely — and shelving dreams of a career and bright future.

But thanks to a new post-secondary scholarship program for Syrian women, a door has opened for Alkadi to resume her education in her adopted home of Toronto.

“I applied to Ryerson University in February and got a conditional offer, but I had no idea how I was going to pay for my tuition,” said Alkadi, one of six scholarship recipients set to attend a Canadian university this fall under the 100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Lives scholarship program offered by Jusoor Canada.