Mr. Reed Cary
Director, Refugee Division
American Friends Service
20 S. 12th St.
Dear Mr. Cary,
I am a student at Cornell College and am heading a committee that is investigating the possibility of providing means for enrolling a refugee student here as a member of our student body next September. Your name was referred to me by Miss Sara Pemberton of West Branch, Iowa.
Cornell College is located about 24 miles from West Branch, Iowa and the Scattergood Academy. Due to the fact that we are so close we are aware of what your church group is doing in respect to this very acute and pressing refugee problem. This committee which I am heading is investigating the possibility of doing something to help some poor student who is a victim of German prosecution. At the present time this committee is working without the direct consent of the student body but with the approval of the college administration. The reason for this is that we want to clear up several difficulties before presenting it to the student body and asking their support and approval. That is my reason for writing to you.
The one thing we would like to know is if there is any way in which we could co-operate with you and your Scattergood project by taking some student for a year on our campus. We cannot hope to be able to secure enough funds to bring a student to Mount Vernon from New York or Germany but we think we can provide means for furnishing such a refugee student with room and board and tuition for a full school year. The information I would like to have is if you would be willing to send us such a student either directly here or to the Scattergood Academy and then here at Cornell. If we have your word that you could send us a student and would be willing to be responsible for him during the summer months we can then present the proposition to our student body and ask for their support. We do not want to do so until we are sure of being able to get a student out here who is backed by some responsible organization, for all we can possibly hope to offer is the minimum expenses for one full school year. I hope that I have made myself clear.
The type of student we want is one who is willing to mingle and be a part of our campus. We would not make him feel as if he were being given charity for he would probably have to work some. He or she would have to talk English and be a positive personality. We would like one who would be willing to give us knowledge of continental Europe and culture. I would be very pleased to hear from you soon in respect to this matter.
Very truly yours