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Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2018
 Students from seven schools gathered at St. Christopher's for the inaugural Muslim High School Student Symposium, organized by St. Christopher's student and ASSIST Scholar Mohamed Ismacil and St. Catherine's students Nawal Abbasi and Suha Minai. The keynote speakers, state Assistant Attorney General Mona Siddiqui and young entrepreneur Murtaza Khan, spoke to the group about what it's like to be Muslim on U.S. campuses and about how to find their voice.  Mohamed, Nawal, and Suha also joined... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Aleksa Mirkovic of Belgrade, Serbia is known by friends and family as an amicable and accomplished student-athlete who likes a challenge, and this year, he is excited to belong to an impressive cohort of scholars as a member of the ASSIST class of 2017-18. Aleksa is one of four young scholars from Serbia and it is his great pleasure to be spending the year at The Lawrenceville School, in Lawrenceville, NJ. When asked about his year so far, Aleksa has said that staying in the U.S. has been an... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 3, 2017
The 2017 TABS conference will be held in Boston from November 30 to December 2. We are honored to have been chosen by TABS, acknowledging 49 years of placing international ASSIST Scholars at America’s boarding schools. Over that time, 3,887 Scholars from 50 countries enlivened the campuses of our member boarding schools, growing enormously through the experience. We are equally proud of the 1,134 Scholars who have attended member day schools. For a full write-up, please visit: http://www.... Read More
Cambodia Delegation 2017/18
Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017
Cambodia Delegation 2017/18For many Cambodian students, studying at a private school in the Western world looks far more like a fairy tale than a potential reality. Even staying in school through high school is difficult, if not impossible, for children in many parts of rural Cambodia. That’s why we’re so excited to partner with the groundbreaking Jay Pritzker Academy to welcome our first Cambodian students as ASSIST scholars this year. Students of the Jay Pritzker Academy enjoy an excellent... Read More
Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017
It was a memorable kick-off for the experience of a lifetime. ASSIST’s four-day Orientation, designed to help students transition smoothly to American culture, was a huge success. During this year’s Orientation, held August 15th-19th at Pomfret School in Pomfret, CT, ASSIST welcomed 160 new Scholars from 23 countries. This year we welcomed our first delegation from Cambodia, and for the first time in many years students arrived from Denmark and the Netherlands. Memorable events like the... Read More
2017/18 Somaliland Delegation
Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017
2017/18 Somaliland DelegationFor most ASSIST Scholars, obtaining a visa to study in the U.S. is just a matter of paperwork—paperwork that ASSIST and our American schools handle for students. But this year it was a much more uncertain process for three students from Somaliland, an as-yet unrecognized country within predominantly Muslim Somalia. President Trump’s executive order banning travel from Muslim-majority countries created a dilemma for this year’s ASSIST scholars from Somaliland,... Read More
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Posted by Global competence in action on Friday, June 30, 2017
As part of the program called ASSIST that got me into this school, I went to a four-day orientation in Boston. During those four days, I got close to my roommate. He is the guy I want to talk about. His name is Hamse. He is 18 years old. The first time I met him, he told me he came from Somaliland. I had never even heard of Somaliland, so I was very embarrassed. He told me it is a country in eastern Africa that is not recognized as independent. He grew up in a place that couldn’t be more... Read More