Student Scholarship

The RefugeeConnect Student Scholarship, in honor of Dean Razzak, provides financial awards for refugees to pursue higher education in Greater Cincinnati. Applications may be submitted by email at or by mail at 3500 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati OH 45226, Attn: RefugeeConnect Student Scholarship.


Donations and applications for the scholarship may also be sent to RefugeeConnect at the Junior League of Cincinnati’s Columbia Center, 3500 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati OH 45226, Attn: RefugeeConnect Student Scholarship.

An applicant must be a refugee residing in the Greater Cincinnati tri-state area, who is planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited public, private, or technical college or university in the United States. There are no age restrictions on this application, all refugees pursing higher education are encouraged to apply, including high school seniors, high school graduates, and GED earners.

Scholarships will range from $1,000 to $4,000 per year, and can be used at any accredited public, private, technical college or university in the United States. The goal is to support refugee students on a pathway to finding meaningful careers as contributing members of our community and adopted country.

Kappers family

RefugeeConnect established a student scholarship to further its mission and to honor Dean Razzak, late son of Ziad Razzak and Alicia Kappers, a Junior League of Cincinnati member. Dean was born to Alicia and Ziad in November 2014 with a rare medical disorder. Described as a happy little guy, he fought hard and enjoyed life at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with the love and care of so many and mom and dad by his side. Dean died in January 2015.

Dean’s mother, Alicia, is one of the founders of the RefugeeConnect. As the 2015-2016 co-Chair of RefugeeConnect, Alicia is a leader educating the greater community and creating opportunity for our refugee community. She was drawn to the project, given that Ziad is a refugee who resettled in the United States. Thus, Dean was the son of a refugee. In 2013, Alicia initiated tutoring classes with the local Chin refugees, developing the curriculum and leading the classes each week. The ESOL class continues today with lead instruction by Janice Connelly.

Alicia and Ziad will present the scholarship annually at RefugeeConnect’s World Refugee Day Cup Celebration in June.