Support students like Ali Shirzad in Monash Run For Refugees

Ali Shirzad

On July 29, over 70 Monash staff, students, and alumni are running to raise $35,000 for asylum seeker scholarships – enough to cover one year of an asylum seeker’s education here at Monash. They’re looking for donations to help support this great cause.

One of our current Bachelor of Engineering students, Ali Shirzad, received the 2018 Monash Asylum Seeker Scholarship. An asylum seeker from Afghanistan, Ali chose to study engineering to fulfil an important dream.  “People ask me why did I choose engineering?” he said. “The dream I have had since I was a child is to build safe structures that everyone can afford. Around the world, people need a place to live where they can be sure when they wake up they will still see their family.”

“I felt extremely happy to get a scholarship to Monash University,” he continued. “It made me feel there are people who care about me and support me.” “It also brought joy to my family and friends and my high school teachers too.”

Asylum seekers must pay full fees up front each year, an enormous barrier to their education. Through the generosity of Monash alumni and staff, asylum seeker scholarships have allowed over a dozen asylum seekers like Ali to pursue their dream of an education at Monash University, but there’s still an enormous need, as over 50% of those who applied for a scholarship last year weren’t able to be offered a place.

You can help the team by donating today, and if you’d like to be part of the run, you can sign up here. Participants who raise $150 will be eligible for a $45 rebate towards the cost of their registration.

Thanks in advance for your support.