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2016 Passport to Prosperity Award

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Important Deadline: Friday, May 27, 2016

The Iowa International Center’s Passport to Prosperity Awards Celebration and Gala is a unique and highly inspiring event featuring award presentations to a select number of immigrants and refugees in Iowa, as well as dynamic cultural entertainment and a delicious menu representative of the native countries of each recipient. Last year, we honored five outstanding immigrants and refugees at Passport, and welcomed nearly 300 friends, donors and community leaders at this inspiring September event. 

Know an immigrant or refugee who has made a significant positive difference to the quality of life in Iowa?  Narrowing your choice may be difficult with so many worthy immigrants and refugees helping to make Iowa a better place to live today, but our nomination form is quick and easy. Simply complete the Nomination Checklist available on our web site and submit your nomination along with all requested materials and forms before 5 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Support raised through Passport to Prosperity sponsorships and tickets helps the Iowa International Center fulfill its mission to build cultural respect and understanding in Iowa, and to continue our work as a clearinghouse of information and resources for international visitors, immigrants and refugees all year long. Proceeds from Passport to Prosperity support the Iowa International Center’s Ray Resource Initiative to maintain and grow our multilingual and educational resources, thereby helping new Iowans in our state thrive!

 Questions? Call Dr. Judy Conlin at 515-282-8269, ext. 13 or at:


Iowa International Center’s Accessible ESL Program 

Featured on WHO TV 13

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From WHO TV 13 and Erin Kiernan…”A special group of students has come to Iowa from all over the world. Few arrived with much more than the clothes on their backs and most didn’t know a single word of English…”