International organization pays tribute to the late Beau Biden

(Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

(Nichelle Polston/WHYY)

One of the world’s largest international education programs makes a huge donation to commemorate Beau Biden’s life of service.

On Friday, the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund donated a $1 million gift to help scholars in need of a safe haven.

The donation was announced at the University of Delaware, Wilmington campus. According to program leaders, it’s their way of honoring Beau Biden, the former Attorney General of Delaware who died last year from cancer.

“Throughout his too short career, Beau Biden demonstrated an unwavering commitment to safeguarding the most vulnerable among us-whether young victims of violent crimes or displaced families in war-torn parts of the world. Mr. Biden worked tirelessly to protect those most in need of protections,” said chairman of IIE, Mark Angelson.

Angelson along with former Delaware Senator Ted Kauffman also presented Biden’s widow, Hallie, with a personalized chair in remembrance of her late husband.

“The IIE Schor Rescue Fund Beau Biden Chair is a fitting tribute to a man who spent his life in pursuit of justice,” Angelson said.

The donation is also expected to allow scholars to continue their academic careers. In fact, scholars selected will be people or universities that can actually relate to Biden’s life. For an example, scholars could be from Iraq where Biden was deployed or universities he attended to further his education.

“He (Beau) used his voice to speak for those who couldn’t speak for themselves, and he used his power to protect the most powerless,” said Kauffman, friend and mentor to Biden.

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