Arab America provides the latest information on scholarships, internships and fellowships for Arab American students and young professionals. If the information includes past dates, that means the organization has yet to announce their opportunity for the new cycle. I
f you have a scholarship, internship or fellowship opportunity for students of Arab descent that you would like on this page, please email your criteria, deadline, and application URL to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: “Arab American Scholarship/Internship/Fellowship Opportunity”
2018 NAANA Nursing Scholarship
The National American Arab Nurses Association annually awards $500-$1000 scholarships to the most meritorious applicants who are engaged in studying nursing at the Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree or RN-BSN levels. If you or someone who know meets the qualifications below, encourage them to apply before June 30!
- Applicants must provide proof of acceptance or enrollment in an accredited nursing program at the time of application, must be of Arab heritage, citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and must reside within the US or its territories
- Applicants must show academic excellence of a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale or its equivalent
- Applicants must show demonstrated leadership academically, professionally, and/or through a student organization.
- Applicant must show evidence of engagement in and contribution to the health of the Arab American community.
Western Union Scholarships Program
The Western Union Foundation believes education is the surest path to economic opportunity. To help outstanding young people pursue an education that improves their employment opportunities and supports their community, the Western Union Foundation is launching the WU Scholars Program.
The WU Scholars Program provides USD $2,500 scholarships to students around the globe pursuing degrees related to STEM and/or Entrepreneurship. In this inaugural year, the WU Foundation has committed to awarding more than 100 scholarships and is offering matching funds to WU business partners to sponsor additional students.
Website: For more information, visit www.WUScholars.org
NAAP Arab American Scholarship
NAAP Arab American scholarship applicants should have demonstrated excellent academic achievement and an appreciation, understanding and promotion of his or her Arab-American identity to the student community at large.
Award is $1,000 for one student
Apply here: http://www.naaponline.org/scholarship
The applicant must be:
- Of Arab heritage
- Enrolled in a university, college, or community college (2016-2017 year)
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
- A U.S. citizen, or a non-U.S. citizen living and/or studying in the U.S. at the time of application submission
- Participating in campus activities that embody NAAP’s philosophy and values, mission and goals
The application requires the following information:
- Personal statement (written or video): The personal statement should explain how the student’s on-campus activity has embodied NAAP’s mantra of “Collective Advancement” through the execution of at least one of these five categories:
- Professiona development;
- Community service;
- Student involvement;
- Social and cultural awareness;
- Political advocacy and engagement
- Proof of enrollement in the 2016 – 2017 School Year
- Academic transcripts (minimum 3.0 GPA)
National American Arab Nurses Association Scholarships for Nursing Study
The National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA) is pleased to announce its annual scholarships, awarded to the most meritorious applicants who are engaged in studying nursing at the Associate Degree, Bachelor degree, RN-BSN, or BSN-MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) levels. Annually $500 to $1000 scholarships are awarded, depending on the funds available in a given year. The scholarships should be applied toward tuition and/or books in the academic year they are awarded.
Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited nursing program at the time of application and should be pursuing a nursing program during the year for which the award is made. In order to be eligible, applicants must be of Arab heritage, citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and must reside within the US or its territories; further, applicants must be members of NAANA.
2016 Scholarship Eligibility Criteria and Application:
- Click here to download 2016 scholarship eligibility criteria and application (PDF Format)
- Or Apply Online Here
Major criteria to be used by the selection committee are:
- Academic excellence, exemplified by the achievement of a grade point average [GPA] of 3.0 [on a 4-point scale] or its equivalent.
- Demonstrated leadership, academic, professional, and/or through student organizations.
- Evidence of engagement in and contribution to the health care of the Arab American community.
- Prior recipients of this scholarship are not eligible to apply during the same degree as the first award.
Material Required for Evaluation:
- Transcripts of all college/university attended. The transcripts may be unofficial or student copies.
- Two letters of recommendation. One must be from a nursing faculty member from the institution in which the student is currently enrolled, the second may be from an individual who has taught or worked with the applicant in a different context who might provide a unique perspective on the applicant. The letters should be prepared on institutional stationery and should address the academic performance of the student, her/his actual or potential leadership activities and the overall criteria. Letters should be sent electronically to NAANA by the deadline.
- A current Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
- A one-page essay by the applicant highlighting her/his personal background, career goals, leadership activities, contributions to the health of the Arab American community or plans for doing so upon graduation, and other criteria of the scholarship, and making a case as to why s/he deserves the award. The letter should be prepared in 12-font, single-spaced.
- A completed Scholarship Information Sheet (Pages 3 -5)
Deadline: All application materials need to reach NAANA by September 30th, 2016; it is expected that the reviews would be completed by mid-May. If selected, the funds will be made available for the academic year that follows or starting September 1. Scholarship awards are sent directly to the institution where the applicant is enrolled.
Submission: Materials must be submitted electronically as an email attachment to email@example.com Reference letters are to be sent separately, by the deadline, to the same email address. Incomplete submission will not be considered.
Dr. Philip M. Kayal Fund for Arab American Research
Qualified candidates include graduate students or non-tenured faculty members at accredited institutions. Priority will be given to graduate level and post-graduate students conducting research for publication.
Research applications will be ranked according to the following priorities:
- Arab Americans conducting research on the Arab American community;
- Non-Arab Americans conducting research on the Arab American community; and
- Arab Americans conducting research in any related field.
- Findings of the research should lend themselves to the construction of theories and information with useful social or institutional applications.
- Preference will be given to research on Arab American communities within the social sciences, particularly sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, social work, economics, and history. However, biological research, and research on health/illnesses, genetics, and mental health may also be considered.
Grants will not exceed $2,500
Website for further information: centeraap.org
All applications must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
- A completed cover sheet, which can be filled out at this link: http://bit.ly/Kayal2016
- Narrative of no more than 3 pages by email (Narrative instructions are on page 4)
- Project budget (page 5) by email
- Attachments (as listed on page 4) by email
English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) at Georgetown University
Federally funded scholarship for the 2020 academic year.
This scholarship is open to native speakers of Arabic, Azerbaijani, Balochi, Bambara, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Kazakh, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Tajik, Tamashek, Turkish, Thai, Urdu, Uzbek and Vietnamese.
Qualifications: US citizen, have a minimum of BA/BS or equivalent degree, be a heritage speaker of a critical language; be an advanced English speaker; have the desire to work for the federal government
Must be able to commit to a full-time day program from January through June, and part-time July-August.
Deadline: July 5th, 2019
Website for further information: ehlsprogram.org
National Arab American Medical Association Scholarships
Open to Middle Eastern students who are enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian medical, dental or osteopathic school
Deadline: July 1st, 2017
Applicants are chosen every year in September
The Scholarship provides 2 awards at the amount of $1000
The application can be found here
After completing the application, please submit it and all supporting materials to NAAMA at:
2265 Livernois Road, Suite 720
Troy, MI 48083
AAMA Houston Chapter Scholarship
The Houston Chapter established a scholarship award and is inviting applications at this time. The purpose of the award is to provide guidance and financial assistance to eligible medical, nursing, dental, pharmacy, osteopathy, optometry, chiropractor and post-doctoral students of Arab Heritage in obtaining elective training at one of Houston ‘s medical institutions.
The application process is open all year round and applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis by the scholarship committee.
Awards are granted on a competitive and limited basis depending on funding availability. The maximum award to any individual is $2500.00
Application forms and more detailed information can be found at http://www.aama-houston.org.
Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects Scholarship Program
Must be a Student Member of AAAEA – Capital Area or a child of a current member of the association
Must be an undergraduate or graduate student currently studying in the field of engineering, architecture or information technology at an accredited four year College or University
Have a minimum cumulative grade point average, GPA, of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Applicants must complete the AAAEA Scholarship Award Application and submit all required documents. All Applications will be acknowledged within fifteen (15) days after the deadline
The number of awards varies.
- AAAEA – Capital Area (MD, VA, and DC), 8721 Plantation Lane, Suite 301, Manassas, VA 20110, Attention: Scholarship Program.
- National AAAEAUSA Office : AAAEA P. O. Box 1536 Chicago, IL 60690-1536 Phone: (312) 409-8560
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.aaaea.org/
Arab American Cultural and Community Center Houston Scholarship
Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, and of Arabic origins
Must pledge to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours at the cultural center during the semester the scholarship is awarded
Applicants may be new college students, current Community College or University students
Students should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
Preference will be given to students who attend a college or university that is located in the Greater Houston area, although this is not a requirement, and plan to complete their associate’s or bachelor’s degree within a timely manner
The number of awards vary
- The Arab American Cultural & Community Center 10555 Stancliff Road Houston, TX 770 99 Attn: Scholarship Program
For artists based in the Middle East and North Africa
Summer 2016 Residency: Combines a 6-week residency at Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, NY with an 8-week residency immediately afterward at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Diversity Scholarship
Bradley’s commitment to diversity is not just a passive ideal, but an active goal that allows us to build a team with broad backgrounds and experiences. Every year, we offer two Diversity Scholarships to promote the education of well-qualified law students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.
We award scholarships of up to $5,000 to first-year students and up to $10,000 to second-year students who are committed to broadening the diversity of voices in the legal profession.
Scholarship recipients are required to clerk in one of Bradley’s offices for at least six weeks during the summer after the scholarships are awarded. (We will do our best to honor the scholarship recipient’s first choice for office placement, but maintain the right to make the final decision.)
The deadline for applying for the scholarship is March 15, 2017, for first-year law students.
Students interested in applying for the scholarship should submit:
- An online summer associate application
- A supplemental personal statement (limit to 750 words, in PDF format) discussing the importance of diversity in the legal profession and the way(s) in which the applicant’s receipt of the scholarship would further Bradley’s desire to improve diversity. The personal statement may also be used to appraise the firm of any personal, work, or other circumstances that the applicant believes we should consider. Please submit the personal statement via the online application in the section titled “Attachments.”
In addition to academic qualifications, we may consider other factors, including, but not limited to, involvement in community activities, financial need, significant work, and personal achievements.
NOTE: Bradley does not accept email applications. You must complete the online summer associate application and include the supplemental PDF personal statement to be considered for the diversity scholarship.
Jordanian American Association Scholarship Program
Open to students of Jordanian descent. Please contact for additional eligibility requirements.
Deadline: October 1
Amount of scholarships vary
Contact: The JAA Center 305 Linden Avenue South San Francisco, CA 94080 650.583.0132
PYM USA Ghassan Kanafani Scholarship
Eligibility: Only open to Palestinian-American youth (at least one parent must be from historic Palestine, though they might not necessarily have been born there), and must be between the ages of 18-25 years old.
Your writing submission should describe your experience around identity, the shataat, or anything regarding your relationship to Palestine and be Palestinian. We accept any form of writing–poetry, short story, fiction/non-fiction. Word limit of 3,000 words; no minimum word limit. Feel free to include photos, art, or other multimedia to supplement your writing piece. Get creative! There are no borders to this
In order to ensure objectivity in our review process, DO NOT include your name on your submission piece
One entry per person
To apply: Please fill out this google form with your application
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Ghassan Kanafani Writing Scholarship.
Any questions can be sent to email@example.com
SAMS Syrian American Medical Society Scholarships
Applicant must be a Syrian medical graduate
Must possess an ECFMG certificate
Must have U.S. Visa
Must have scored higher than 90% in both UAMLE step 1 and 2
Must have a good command of the English language as judged by a personal interview with a member of the committee or a SAMS member who is delegated by the committee for such purpose
Must have financial need
Scholarships award up to $5000
Contact: Syrian American Medical Society P. O. Box 1015 Canfield, OH 44406
Phone: (866) 809-9039
Western Union Family Scholarship Program
The purpose of this scholarship is to help 2 members of a family move up on the economic ladder by providing education assistance and/or training.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old and one of the applicants must be born outside the United States
Both applicants must be currently residing in the United States
Scholarships may be used for tuition for college/university education, language acquisition classes, technical/skill training, and/or financial literacy
Scholarships will only be made to nonprofit accredited higher education institutions and nonprofit training/educational providers
The application must include educational providers for primary and secondary award recipients (must be 2 family members)
Western Union employees, Western Union Agents, and dependents are not eligible to apply for these scholarships
The following criteria will be used to review applications:
- Families that have overcome barriers to pursue their educational goals
- Families that are involved in their communities
- Personal educational goals
- Plans to attain goals
- Plans for utilizing the scholarship.
Amount of Scholarships range from $1000-$5000
Contact: Institute of International Education 1400 K St. NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 326-7861
Lebanese American Heritage Club (LAHC) Scholarship
LAHC is proud and privileged to be recognized as a leading advocate of higher education and to have the distinction of being the largest Scholarship assistance program in the area. Throughout the past twenty-eight years, the LAHC has awarded over 1,200 students of high academic distinction more than $1.3 million dollars in scholarships.
Who May Apply?
- Senior High School Students
- Undergraduate Students
- Graduate Students
- You do not have to be of Arab descent to qualify
Scholarship Amount: The monetary value of the scholarship varies from one academic institution to another, pending the matching agreement we have in place with these universities. The LAHC portion of the scholarship is deposited directly into the students’ accounts and matched by that particular university accordingly. Recipients who choose to switch universities after applying for the scholarship, risk altering the final value of the scholarship received.
- Scholarship Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States and reside in the state of Michigan.
- Financial need is highly considered.
- All scholarship recipients are expected to attend the following two mandatory meetings. No Exceptions! if you believe that you are unable to commit to attend these two important meetings, we advise you not to proceed with the scholarship application.
- LAHC 29th Annual Awards Gala: Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Edward- Hotel and Convention Center
- Meeting with Scholarship Recipients: March 30th, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. LAHC Office-Dearborn
Extra credit will be given to applicants as follows:
- Applicants majoring in certain fields specified by the scholarship program sponsors as a condition for awarding the scholarship
- Applicants enrolled or planning to enroll in universities that contribute towards the Scholarship Fund.
Apply on the website: https://lahc.org/scholarship-program/
Arab American Women’s Business Council Scholarships
Must have at least one parent of Middle Eastern descent
Must be a graduate, undergraduate or high school senior who plans to attend an accredited Michigan college or university in the 2015/2016 academic school year
Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident and reside in the State of Michigan
Minimum 3.0 GPA for high school seniors and undergraduate students, minimum 3.5 GPA for graduate students
Must commit to 6 hours of community service for AAWBC annual events
Must provide a 1-page essay describing career goals and interest in Arab American Culture
6 awards will be given with an amount of $1000
Contact: Najwa Abouhassan
AAWBC Head Office: 22952 Outer Drive Dearborn, MI 48124
Gaza Oxford Brookes University Scholarship
The Oxford Brookes Gaza Scholarship Scheme is supported by the Asfari Foundation and was created in 2009, out of a strong will to support the people of Gaza through bringing in one student each year at the graduate level to undertake a course of study leading to the award of an Oxford Brookes Masters’ degree.
The scholarship covers full fees, accommodation and most living expenses for the academic year. Applicants should fulfill the following criteria:
- Wish to study for a one-year full-time master’s degree at Oxford Brookes University
- Have a good undergraduate degree (equivalent to a 1st/2:1)
- Be under 35 years of age
- Have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above
- Have relevant work experience
- Undertake to return to Gaza after completing their studies
- Be in financial need
Priority fields of study (Other areas may also be considered):
- Built Environment
- Development and Environmental Management
- Development and Emergency Practice
- Public Health
- Disease Prevention and Control
- Rehabilitation and Social Care
- Law and Human Rights
Applicants should apply using the relevant application form, by following the links to the desired program of study in the website: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying/applications
Following the completion of the application as described above, applicants for the scholarship should:
- write a covering letter of no more than 500 words,
- confirm that they have applied for admission to the university
- state which program they have applied for, and
- how they meet the criteria and
- why they should be considered for the scholarship.
The scholarship application letters should be sent directly to the British Council in Ramallah at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Antoon and Nita Haboush Foundation Scholarship
Scholarship Program to promote post-high school education for economically needy Christian Arab Americans
Payments will be made directly to accredited colleges/universities
College/university must be in the continental U.S.
Mail Application to: Ann Runta, PNC Bank, 1900 East 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114 Tel: (216) 222-9815
Hassan Mustafa Abdallah Memorial Scholarship
This is a Need-based Scholarship of $500
Undergraduate students of Arab Descent
Recognizes academic achievement
Must provide a narrative describing their record of community service
Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarships
Purpose: To honor Arab American students who excel in media studies
Eligibility: College students enrolled in the 2016-2017 academic year majoring in journalism, radio, television, and/or film, and who are juniors, seniors, or in graduate school.
Applicants, please submit the following items to the ADC Research Institute (HARD copy applications only):
- A one-page statement explaining your goals and why you merit the scholarship and stating that you are a U.S. citizen of Arab heritage
- Two (2) original signed letters of recommendation from Mass Communications professors. Copies of your articles, DVD’s, films, and so forth (these items will not be returned to you)
- Official academic transcripts (minimum 3.0 GPA)
- Your permanent home address/phone number, e-mail address, and your phone number during the school year, if different
Note: Applications must be hard copy. Incomplete, or late applications will not be accepted.
Submit all materials to:
Jack G. Shaheen Scholarship
ADC Research Institute (ADCRI)
1705 Desales St NW, #500
Washington, DC 20036
If you have any questions, call (202) 244-2990 or email email@example.com.
The LE•O Scholarships
Established as a new non-profit organization in August 2015, we serve bright young Palestinians, women, and men, from the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan by securing and managing scholarships to American colleges and universities. We enhance personal development through guidance and academic mentoring.
The LE•O Mission
Our mission is to secure and administer valuable undergraduate scholarships and educational opportunities for qualified Palestinian students from the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan. We believe that education and intercultural exchange is the essential path to peace, stability, and development.
As a registered charitable foundation working in partnership with U.S. colleges, businesses, host families and relief organizations, we seek to make our mission a reality
Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC) Scholarship
Must be of Arab/Chaldean descent.
Must be a Michigan resident.
Must be a graduating high school senior.
Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
Must provide a copy of a current academic transcript.
Must provide proof of acceptance into a university or college.
Must provide parents household income (based on current income tax returns)
Must submit two letters of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or another school professional.
If you have any questions concerning the application process, please contact Kimberly Hassan at (248) 559-1990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail completed application and supporting documents to ACC Scholarship Committee Attn: Kimberly Hassan 363 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 300 Troy, MI 48084
LAHC – Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities Scholarship
For senior high school students, transfer students, current undergraduate and graduate students
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States and reside in the state of Michigan
Financial need is highly considered
Said Foundation Scholarship
The Saïd Foundation Scholarships Programme aims to promote education and development in the Middle East and to provide students and young professionals with educational and training opportunities that will help their career development, enable them to achieve impact in their professional fields and bring benefits to others in their countries of origin.
To this end, the Foundation offers around twenty postgraduate scholarships annually to outstanding individuals who demonstrate the potential to become leaders and innovators of change.
All applicants must meet the Foundation’s scholarship eligibility criteria. For the academic year 2017/18 the criteria are as follows:
- Applications are restricted to candidates who are Syrian, Palestinian (including Palestinians inside Israel), Lebanese and Jordanian;
- Priority is given to candidates who are resident in the Foundation’s target countries of Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, and Jordan. The Foundation will, however, consider Syrians residing elsewhere due to current circumstances in Syria;
- Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously had the opportunity to study outside of their home country;
- Only candidates with the equivalent of a UK 2.1 degree or higher will be eligible;
- Candidates are not required to have work experience but priority will be given to those who have some work experience and who can demonstrate that their studies will benefit their field of work on return to the Middle East. If the applicant lacks work experience the Foundation can consider experience gained from voluntary or community activities or participation in activities whilst at university;
- Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have the potential to be leaders in their field;
- Evidence is required that applicants meet their proposed university’s English language conditions;
- Only applications for study at partner universities in the United Kingdom can be considered;
- Applications from Ph.D. candidates can be considered only for Oxford and Cambridge universities. Priority will be given to Ph.D. candidates who can clearly demonstrate the need for their proposed research in their home country and who hold a teaching post at a university in their home country;
- Successful applicants are required to sign a binding undertaking to apply the skills and knowledge they have gained in the Foundation’s target countries (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine).
Durham Palestine Educational Trust
The Trust hopes to offer two scholarships for a one-year taught Master’s Degree at Durham University, UK, starting in October 2017.
The Trust will also offer at least five IELTS fee scholarships in 2017 to candidates who can not afford to take an English Language test. For details, click Apply for IELTS fee Scholarship.
You are eligible to apply for our 2017 Masters scholarships if you:
- have completed, before July 2016, a degree at a university in the West Bank or Gaza
- have achieved a cumulative average grading (GPA) of at least 80% (or 3.0 or B) in your first degree
- possess a certificate of English Language proficiency acceptable to the course you wish to study at Durham University. (see webpage List of Master’s Degree Courses and read faqs #7 and #8
- have been active in student or community life
- live in the West Bank or Gaza and belong to a family that is normally resident in the West Bank or Gaza
- are unable to study abroad through the finances of your immediate family
- are able to live in the UK for 12 months as a single person.
Conditions of holding the scholarship:
- You will return to the West Bank or Gaza at the end of your course.
- You will be an active ambassador for Palestinians during your stay in Durham.
- You will enroll in the free In-sessional English Language course at Durham University course (for details click this link.)
- You give permission for the Trust to contact your Director of Studies at the end of each Term to ask for a report on your academic progress.
- When we offer you a scholarship, you tell us about any issues that could prevent you from taking up the scholarship on the criteria and conditions outlined above.
The scholarship comes in two parts:
- Durham University will award you a tuition fee scholarship.
- This Trust (which is a charity, independent of the University) will provide a maintenance scholarship for your accommodation, living expenses, travel to the UK and other necessary expenses, such as a UK visa.
How to apply:
- Go to webpage Apply for Master’s Scholarship, read it carefully and download the application form.
- Do not start to fill in the application form until you have read the Advice to Applicants webpage.
Bint Jebail Cultural Center Scholarships
Offers 15 scholarships of $500 to High School seniors
Mostly to students in Michigan, although others could be considered
Good personal conduct is also a criterion for eligibility
To obtain a copy of the application our phone number is 313-584-001, email Bintjebail@yahoo.com
Deadline is in April of each year.
F.M. Jabara Scholarship
The Jacobs Family Foundation offers seven scholarships of $7,000 – $10,000 to individuals of Arab descent to attend Polytechnic University of New York
Awards are renewable annually pending review by the Financial Aid Office
For more information contact the Financial Aid Office at 718-260-3300 or email@example.com
The Russell J. Ebeid’62 ACCESS Scholarship
Offers scholarships for U.S. citizens of Arab-American heritage
List service activities in high school and community, and complete an essay outlining leadership experiences, career aspirations and personal goals
Submit 2 letters recommendation
Meet the admissions criteria of Kettering University
Agree to provide career data upon graduation
Deadline: March 1st
Midwest Federation of American Syrian-Lebanese Clubs
As our history buffs know, the Midwest Federation was initially formed in 1936. As a social, charitable and educational organization, our founders very much wanted to preserve our shared heritage and culture here in America. At the same time, they wanted to encourage our young people to continue their studies at the college level. Thus, the Midwest Federation Scholarship Program was launched in 1940.
Since that time, Federation Scholarship Awards have been presented to hundreds of our cousins (including me). Our founders envisioned that this would be a worthy investment in our youth. They had hoped that in addition to furthering their education, these recipients might also return to the Federation and foster growth in our organization.
- Offers scholarships of $1000 to undergraduate students from families of the Federation members
- Website: https://www.midwestfederation.org/
Yemeni American Benevolent Association
The Yemen American Benevolent Association (YABA) proudly announces its 47th annual scholarship Gala event for Yemeni American high school seniors. The event will take place at Bint Jebail Cultural Center on October, 22nd 2016. YABA will start accepting applications for this year’s event starting May 20th, 2016.
Offers scholarships to senior high school students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and from an Arabic heritage
Must be accepted into a four-year university program or a community college, have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and answer the scholarship question in a 1-2 page essay
- High school senior.
- High school students must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Only high school seniors can apply.
- Applicant must have proof of enrollment in college before receiving the award.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and reside in the state of Michigan.
- Prior community service will be considered.
- All applicants must answer the scholarship questions below in minimum of one page to a maximum of two pages.
Contact: call 313-433-2856 or 313-841-3333, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Francis Maria Scholarships
Offers scholarships to students involved with Antiochian Orthodox Church
List church/youth group activities
Submit grades and test scores, short essay
Fill out the financial aid section
Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting
The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting offers two scholarships.
The recipient for first place will receive $1,000 and the runner up will receive $500 upon acceptance to a four year accredited college or university. The candidates are evaluated on their involvement in their church, school, community, scholastic achievements, and Scouting.
Be a registered active member of a Boy or Girl Scout unit.
Have earned the Eagle Scout Award for boys or the Gold Award for girls.
Be an active member of an Eastern Orthodox Church and must have received the Alpha Omega Religious Scout Award.
Have demonstrated practical citizenship in their church, school, Scouting unit, and community.
Be enrolled in an accredited high school, and in their final year.
Submit four letters of recommendation with the application: one letter from leaders of each of the following groups: religious institution, school, community leader, and head of Scouting unit.
The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting Scholarship Committee will award the three national scholarships to the recipients who best meet the qualifications and not on a “need” basis.
Applications can be obtained from E.O.C.S. Chairman, George N. Boulukos, 862 Guy Lombardo Avenue, Freeport, New York 11520 and they must be submitted by May 1st of each year.
The national winners will be announced in June of each year.
Michael G. Hamaty Scholarship
Candidate must be a graduating high school senior
Must be a member of St. George Orthodox Parish in Roxbury, MA
Submit transcript and two letters of recommendation
N.G. Beram Veterans Association Scholarship
Applicant must be a child of the Arab American community
Must be a graduating high school student, planning to attend college
Fadel Educational Foundation
Applicants must be non-incarcerated U.S. citizens
The application for the 2016-17 academic year is no longer available.
For those who submitted applications for 2016-17, you can follow the status of your full application or your renewal application online using your FEF ID. You receive an FEF ID by e-mail within 10 business days after the foundation has received your application. If you have applied in the past, please reuse your previous FEF ID.
Dr. Abdulmunim A. Shakir Scholarship
Given his strong belief in the value education, Dr. Shakir arranged for a scholarship fund to be established to support freshmen students in their first year of higher education
Twenty Students Awarded $1000 Each
Any Field of Study
MSA Naziruddin Ali Award
A pioneer of Islamic activism in the United States, Naziruddin Ali’s exemplary dedication to the Muslim American community is illustrated by his lifelong association with MSA National, Islamic Society of North America, and North American Islamic Trust. Beginning as local MSA chapter president at the Illinois Institute of Technology and having chaired numerous MSA annual conferences, he subsequently served as president of MSA National for two terms. During his time as president, he was integral in facilitating the establishment of the Islamic Society of North America. Thereafter, he served as General Manager of NAIT for twenty years. His tireless service, sincerity, and unwavering commitment proved to be crucial in the birth and development of each of these organizations.
1st Place: $2,000
2nd Place: $1,000
Dedicated to the study of the American Muslim Society, Islamic Community Activism, and core values of the Islamic family.
Apply here: http://msanational.eyemedia.ca/msa-scholorships/
MSA Ilyas Ba-Yunus Award
Among the founders of the modern Islamic movement in the United States, Ilyas Ba-Yunus, Ph.D., was one of the original students from 13 SA chapters that formed the MSA of US & Canada in 1963. He served MSA in various capacities, including as Vice President and then President from 1969-1970. His academic study of Sociology, with a focus on Muslim society, framed him as the father of Islamic Sociology. Committed to the development and strengthening of the Muslim Community in the US and Canada, Dr. Ba-Yunus first proposed the concept of a community-based organization, which directly led to the formation of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and he was elected as ISNA’s first President.
1st Place: $2,000
2nd Place: $1,000
Apply here: http://msanational.eyemedia.ca/msa-scholorships/
Muslim Women’s Association Scholarship
The Muslim Women’s Association strives to raise sufficient funds in providing scholarships to young Muslim women in the Greater Washington, DC, area allowing them to continue their education in the US. Such scholarships have been provided since 1985. Typically, the recipients represent many countries throughout the Muslim world and are encouraged to serve as ambassadors to their respective communities. To date, we have successfully supported nearly 100 Muslim girls in their higher educational pursuits in addition to positively exposing our cultures and Islamic religion to the American community at large.
Applicants must be full-time UNDERGRADUATE students at an accredited institution and shall be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Prior academic achievements, including GPA
- Financial need
- US citizens or permanent residents in the US
- Community involvement
Priority will be given to:
- Applicants majoring in fields related to International Studies/Affairs, especially Islamic Studies
- Residents of the Greater Washington, DC, area provided they meet the other requirements
- Each year a candidate from a different Muslim country of origin
Scholarship Deadline & Timeline:
- April 1st of each year
- Scholarships shall be given on an annual basis. If a student receives a scholarship for one year and wishes to continue receiving the scholarship, she will have to submit a new application every year. Scholarships do not renew automatically.
- Based on careful consideration, some candidates may be contacted for an interview with either a member of the scholarship committee or by the President of the MWA.
- Once a candidate has been successfully chosen, she will be asked to send her official transcript to the scholarship committee at the end of every grading period.
- The successful recipients shall be considered as an unpaid, non-voting member of MWA for the duration of their scholarships. For those who reside in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan area, and if their schedule permits, they will be asked to attend the MWA’s monthly meetings.
Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship
The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant: 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master’s level courses but is willing to consider applications for Ph.D. programs, only in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a Ph.D. for the fulfillment of their career objectives (academic or research-oriented).
Applications for short-term courses are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already started their course of study.
- The Foundation accepts applications from nationals of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, and Mozambique. In France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada, applications are accepted from those who are originally from one of the above-developing countries, are interested in development-related studies and who have no other means of financing their education.
- The Foundation only accepts applications of eligible nationals listed above who are residing in one of the countries where there are local Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), or Aga Khan Education Board (AKEB) offices which process applications and interview candidates.
- Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.
AMIDEAST Hope Fund
The Hope Fund Scholarship program is designed to provide talented young people with leadership potential from disadvantaged backgrounds with an opportunity to pursue an undergraduate degree in the United States. Hope Fund scholarships provide:
- Orientation and all travel arrangements
- Two one-way air tickets to and from the United States (if eligible)
- Full tuition fee waiver (if eligible)
- Annual stipend for books and other basic materials (if eligible)
- Monthly living stipend (if eligible)
This is for the study of a four-year Bachelors Degree only.
The Hope Fund seeks applicants who meet the following REQUIREMENTS:
- Come from a low-income background; candidates residing in a refugee camp will be given priority;
- Currently in the 11th grade and have a grade average of 90%* or better
- Current legal resident in the West Bank or Gaza; must be a resident throughout the entire candidacy process to be eligible;
- Fluency in spoken and written English as demonstrated by a minimum score 550* on the ITP or 79* on the IBT TOEFL test;
- Able to obtain a US student visa;
- Completed applications must be submitted to AMIDEAST Ramallah or Gaza offices.
* Some exceptions may be considered under compelling circumstances on a case by case basis
Applications must be delivered by hand with all supporting documents to AMIDEAST
Boston University/Hariri Foundation Scholarship Program
The foundation nominates highly qualified candidates from Lebanon for a limited number of scholarships
They cover full tuition for two years of graduate study in masters degree programs
Applicants must receive an unconditional admission to Boston University in order to be considered
For more information contact David Thompson at DThompson@hfusa.org
Arab American Institute
Helen Abbott Community Service Awards The Helen Abbott Community Service Awards honor students and student organizations whose devotion to community service, selfless acts of care, and interest in improving the quality of life for others reflect the life of the Awards’ namesake. The Helen Abbott Community Service Awards is given in two categories: (1) achievement by a college/university student and (2) achievement by a high school student. Each year the Foundation awards a maximum of two $1,000 individual prizes and one $500 grant to a high school student. Organizational community service projects include, but are not limited to: community improvement and service projects such as park clean-ups, recycling programs, volunteering in shelters, tutoring programs, food/toy drives, and ethnic/cultural outreach.
The AAI Foundation’s Youth Leadership Awards honors Arab Americans 30 years old or younger for their public and community service. This year’s application deadline is March 1, 2017; successful candidates will be notified during the middle of March.
For more information please email Joan Hanna at email@example.com.
Arab Student Aid International
Provides interest-free loans and other financial aid opportunities to Arab students looking to study in the US, Europe, and Canada
Qasid Annual Scholarship
Qasid believes in providing scholarship opportunities for deserving students in recognition of their achievement and as an incentive for all those studying the Arabic language to excel. This investment in language education also serves to advance the field of Arabic language studies while enriching the campus atmosphere with diversity, talent, and academic excellence.
Applicants will be interested to know that scholarship recipients are also eligible to apply for U.S. university credit for their studies at Qasid at an extra cost per credit awarded.
For those interested in applying now, please review the scholarship policies provided below.
For any other information on the scholarship itself or the application process, please contact the Qasid Scholarship Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Scholarship availability is announced annually in the month of September.
2. Two separate tuition scholarships are offered each year:
- A 1 quarter scholarship, currently valued at $2645, which must be used for either the summer or fall terms of the calendar year following the year of application.
- Up to 5 quarters, full program scholarship, currently valued at up to $13225, requiring a commitment to attend up to 5 academic terms consecutively, which must begin in either the summer or fall terms of the calendar year following the year of application.
A student with a full program scholarship who leaves Qasid before all five levels are completed will forfeit the remainder of their scholarship. Scholarships are non-transferable to later terms. Students may apply for both scholarships simultaneously, although no individual student will be awarded both scholarships for a given year.
3. Scholarship applications and all supporting materials must be received between the dates of November 1 and December 15 of the application year. The required materials include:
- A completed, online application form
- A current resume|curriculum vitae
- An academic transcript, if you have recently attended an educational institute
- Writing sample: A statement from the applicant as to why they feel they should be selected for the scholarship (no more than 500 words)
- Two letters of recommendation (Please note that students presently attending Qasid in Amman are only required to submit ONE letter.)
4. Applicants must have a minimum of one year of college-level Arabic and|or its equivalent in order to be considered for the scholarship.
5. Scholarship awards will be announced annually no later than February 15 of the calendar year following the application year. And they must be confirmed by the recipient approximately two weeks after the award announcement, by March 1.
6. Scholarships only apply to tuition costs for Levels 1 through 5 of the Core Program (MSA or Classical Arabic) courses. This therefore excludes:
- Supplementary classes
- Private tutoring sessions
- Credit and transcript fees
- Off-campus excursions
7. Full program scholarship recipients must earn a minimum grade average of 80% and have no more than 4 unexcused absences in each academic term in order to maintain their eligibility for the scholarship into subsequent terms. Qasid reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship at any time if the conditions of the scholarship or the Qasid Student Policies are violated.
For additional information about the scholarship or the application process, you may contact the Qasid Scholarship Committee at email@example.com.
The Qasid Institute has developed a reputation as one of the best private intensive Arabic language programs in the Middle East with teaching methods specifically designed for foreign students.
Summer Arabic Language Program for High School Students
This is an introductory course in Modern Standard Arabic for high school students with limited or no prior knowledge of the Arabic language.
Hosted by The Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Students will earn 2 college credits
Scholarships ranging from $250-$1000 are available on need-base.
Arab America Internships
- Application Deadline: Open until all positions are filled
- Posting content to the website and keeping social media sites up-to-date
- Researching events, and writing on the culture of Arab Americans
- Applicants must be enrolled in college or have completed a college degree
- Must commit to a period of at least 20 hours a week.
- To apply, email Dr. Amal David: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Council on U.S. Arab Relations Summer Internship Program
- Offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity in the Nation’s Capitol
- Interns placed in one of the over a dozen Middle East and Arab related organizations in Washington D.C. and expected to work 35-40 hours per week
- Interns take part in twice-weekly seminar providing knowledge with greater depth of the Arab world
- Interns are offered site visits at many of the central institutions of the federal government, national security, policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business
- Unpaid internship. Upon successful fulfillment of the program’s academic and internship requirements, receive $1,000 fellowship stipend
Arab American Institute Internship
- Offers hands-on experience with programs that include research and information, event management, community outreach, and media relations
- Looking for Arab American college students, recent graduates, and graduate students
- Interested in public affairs, advocacy, and ethnic politics
- Must be U.S. citizens, or permitted to work in the U.S
- Spring, Summer, and Fall available
Arab American Family Services Internships
- Arab American Family Services (AAFS) is always seeking college students as interns. If you are interested in learning about the Arab American community, the culture, how to help Arab Americans, or to serve immigrant communities, families, want to learn about advocacy, or make a change, AAFS is your place.
- AAFS accepts students both undergraduates and graduates in all various fields and universities. If your majors are in the following areas, please consider AAFS as your internship opportunities: Psychology, Social Work, Human Services, Criminal Justice, Administration, Geriatrics, Nursing, Pharmacy, Research, Law, Education, Journalism, Political Science
- Contact: 9044 S. Octavia, Bridgeview, IL 60455 Tel : (708) 599-AAFS(2237) Fax : (708) 599-8229 Email: email@example.com
ADC Anthony Shadid Internship Program
- Offers positions for leadership development educates students on issues of civil rights, the Arab heritage, and current events in the Middle east
- Must have completed 1 year of college
- Can be undergraduates, recent graduates, or graduate and law students
- Must become regular ADC members
- Semester and Summer internships available
Wilson Center Internship with the Middle East Program
- Looking for students with an interest in some kind of Middle Eastern studies
- Fluency in Arabic, Farsi, or Turkish preferred
- Must be seeking a degree
- Application: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/opportunity/internships-the-middle-east-program
The Palestine Center
- Current undergraduate or graduate student with a major in International Affairs, Political Science, Middle East Studies or related major.
- Availability for a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for the duration of the semester (required)
- Arabic language proficiency; at least two years at the college level (preferred)
- Experience working or studying in the region (preferred)
- Application: http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/sp/i/902/pid/902
Middle East Institute
- Requires cover letter and resume
- One professional and two academic references
- Five-page writing sample
- Proficiency in a Middle Eastern language is preferred
- Application: http://www.mei.edu/internships-0
Joseph J Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies
- Provides an educational experience that included introductions to host-country government officials, businessmen, academics, and scholars.
- Opportunity to discuss Arab world issues and Arab-US relations with American and Arab scholars, policymakers, and other specialists
- Located in Washington DC
- Available to qualified American professionals in academia, government, and business
- Must be US citizen and not a student
Arab American Studies Fellowship Fellowship University of Minnesota
The fellowship varies in amount and duration with a maximum 1-semester living stipend of $8,300 and up to, but not more than, $8,300 toward tuition, mandatory fees and health insurance, subject to United States tax law. Both international and US citizen students are eligible. To be considered for this fellowship candidate must:
- be admitted to, or currently enrolled in, a Masters or Ph.D. degree program in the University of Minnesota Graduate School
- have research interests related to the history and culture of Arabs (in the United States or the Arab diaspora) that require research in the IHRC Arab collections
- have reading proficiency in Arabic as well as English languages (international students should consult TOEFL requirements)
- Must be 24-35 and emerging leaders in the areas of art, science, media, law and both social and business entrepreneurship
- Brings together a group of 10 emerging leaders from Egypt and 10 from the U.S
- Fellows meet world-renowned public figures to explore transnational challenges faced by their societies
- Fellows work together on collaborative action projects
Transformative Leaders Fellowship
- A leadership development training program developed through the National Network for Arab American Communities
- Work 16 hours a week in an Arab American serving organization
- $3000 stipend
- Required to attend National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)’s leadership institute (all expenses paid)
- Must be identified as an Arab-American
- Must be residing or attending college in a host organizations location
- Must be current undergraduate or graduate student or recent college graduate
- Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) Research Fellowship Program
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) supports and encourages advanced research on Oman across a variety of academic disciplines through the SQCC Research Fellowship Program. Launched in 2010, this program funds one pre- and/or post-doctorate scholar or team of scholars to carry out research in Oman each year. The fellowship awards up to $51,000 for the fellow or team of fellows.
For more information, or to apply, please visit: https://sqcc.org/Scholarships-0024-Fellowships/Research-Fellowship-Program.aspx.
- Funding available to those graduate students who wish to continue a program of study outside in an under-represented country in study abroad programs
- Application: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship/how_apply.html
LAHC Youth Leadership & Diversity Education Program
- Throughout the course of eleven weeks, participants will be exposed to different scenarios and learning opportunities ranging from resume building, personal branding, social media etiquette, identity and socialization, history and culture, social justice and community action, leadership and public speaking as well as college preparation.
- Available to high school students in the 11th and 12th grade.
- First come first serve to applicants
- Link: http://lahc.org/youth-leadership/
Most Diverse Colleges
- Some schools are significantly more diverse than others.
- BestColleges has presented the following list of the country’s 50 most diverse colleges, universities, and other institutions that offer undergraduate credentials. See a list here.
- A database of over one million scholarships
- Site: http://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships