Naser Khaledi, FOX ’06
“It’s a cycle. Someone’s donation helped me to continue my schooling. My donation could do the same for another student.”
The cycles in the life of Naser Khaledi, FOX ’06, have taken the native of Kuwait from his home in the Middle East to North Philadelphia and now Illinois, with frequent trips back to Kuwait.
In the course of his journeys, Khaledi spent six years at Temple completing his Ph.D. in accounting. Looking back on his time at the university, Khaledi says that “Temple has an international vision and supports international students.
“The beauty of Temple is that even the faculty members are of diverse backgrounds, which adds a rich blend to the educational experience.”
But as fulfilling as his educational experience was, Khaledi nearly had to temporarily suspend his studies and return to Kuwait when he found he couldn’t afford medical insurance—a necessity for international students. The situation was exacerbated when he injured his left hand and couldn’t pay his medical bills.
Per the recommendation of Martyn Miller, the senior director of international student and scholar services, Khaledi applied for emergency aid from Temple and was able to get the financial support he needed to purchase insurance and pay his medical expenses.
Since that time, Khaledi has been healthy and has used his Temple doctorate to work as an independent consultant in the Chicago-area. But he hasn’t forgotten the assistance he received as a student, so earlier this year, Khaledi made a gift to support Temple.
“As a way of appreciating the help back then, I donated some cash to the International Affairs office, which deposited the donation in the International Students Fund,” he recalls. “The university was supportive of my case and got me the help I needed in an easy process beyond my expectations.
“Without a doubt, I hope other alumni donate to Temple to make a positive difference in another student’s life.”
When alumni like Naser contribute to the university, they take the benefits they received and complete the cycle by passing them on to a new generation of Owls. Make your own gift to the International Students Fund or any area of support, or learn more about alumni giving.