Two thousand Libyan nationals studying in the U.S. now have renewed access to scholarship funding, which had been frozen since Feb. 28 due to the conflict in their home country. Their new stipends will cover monthly living allowances, health insurance and tuition fees through May 2012.
The scholarships are administered through the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), which this week received a funds transfer from the Libyan Ministry of Education and Scientific Research in support of the students.
In an announcement, CBIE president and CEO Karen McBride said: “I gratefully acknowledge the vigorous behind-the-scenes efforts of government officials in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as the United Nations Security Council, in achieving this successful outcome for Libyan students in North America and for their host institutions.”
ACE and other organizations signed a letter May 10 to the departments of Homeland Security, Treasury and State asking for regulatory relief for these students.