Nfld. & Labrador

MUN students vote overwhelmingly to adopt student refugee program

Memorial University students voted in favour of a refugee student scholarship, paying $2 more per semester to cover the refugee student's tuition.

93% of voters in favour of paying an extra $2 a semester

MUNSU's Liam O'Neill says students' hard work has paid off. (Jeremy Eaton/CBC)

The votes are in, and Memorial University students have decided to pay $2 per semester to sponsor a student refugee at Memorial University.

Memorial University's students' union shared the results of the referendum Wednesday night: 3,142 students voted, with 93 per cent of them voting in favour of the fee.

"We are glad that the referendum ran smoothly, thanks to our chief returning officer, and that the students who took the initiative to create change on campus got the result they were looking for," said Liam O'Neill, MUNSU's director of external affairs. 

"Their hard work paid off."

The money will fund a year of post-secondary education for a refugee, with a sponsorship organized by the World University Services of Canada.

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