Refugee scholarship is one college's answer to Trump travel ban

A Massachusetts college is backing up strong words with cold hard cash to protest President Donald Trump's travel ban. Wheaton College, a liberal arts school in Norton, Mass., has established a scholarship to cover the cost of one incoming student refugee, who is fleeing persecution and conflict. Students from any of the seven nations singled out in President Trump's executive order -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan or Yemen -- will be given preference in the selection process. "International students have always been a part of our educational mission," Grant Gosselin, Wheaton's dean of admissions, told CNN. "It really isn't a political stance." Wheaton's tuition and fees top $61,000 a year. A federal judge has issued a temporary stay on the executive order, which suspends enforcement of the travel ban. The Trump administration has pledged to fight the stay. Wheaton's scholarship for refugees is part of a growing tide of academic opposition to the executive order. Harvard University, Boston University and the University of Massachusetts all offered vocal support last week for Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy's decision to file suit against the order. "I am calling on every university president in America to stand up and be heard," UMass president Martin Meehan said speaking alongside Healy at a press...

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