University of Regina establishes Project Resilience to support students affected by war

News Release Release Date: March 31, 2022 1:50 p.m.

The University of Regina is establishing a fund to support students affected by war or other forms of political violence in their home countries so they may continue their studies at the U of R. Project Resilience will establish scholarships, provide emergency funds, and deliver other supports for these students and their families.

“The situation in Ukraine has highlighted once again how abruptly war can devastate students and families from countries around the world through no fault of their own, disrupting their homes, their lives, and their academic studies,” says Dr. Jeff Keshen, President and Vice-Chancellor. “Through Project Resilience, the University of Regina is acknowledging the suffering and hardship experienced by families in war zones, and working to alleviate it by providing financial assistance to students from these countries who come to study here.”

Financial assistance provided through this program will include scholarships equal to tuition and course fees for qualifying students. As well, the University will provide a stipend of $1,000 a year to cover the cost of books and supplies. Four new award packages will be made available each year and will be renewable for an additional three years. This means that within a few years, up to 16 students will be financially supported at any given time.

Additionally, these students will be provided with University supports and services to ensure their overall health and well-being, including: Counselling Services; Student Wellness Centre services; Mental Health Hub resources; Academic Counselling; and UR International supports.

“The University of Regina has once again shown that it is not only an international university, but a home for all,” says Zohra Zahir, a graduate student from Afghanistan who is studying Biology in the Faculty of Science. “I hope this scholarship will help knowledge-hungry students in war-torn countries pursue their dreams and the hope of a better world, as universities play an important role in shaping society.”

The Student Awards and Financial Aid office is now accepting applications from qualifying students for Project Resilience financial aid packages.


President Keshen is available for interviews via the listed media contact.  


About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.


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