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Scholarships

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. If 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 info@arabamerica.com with the subject: “Arab American Scholarship/Internship/Fellowship Opportunity”

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. Awards are granted on a competitive and limited basis depending on funding availability.  The maximum award to any individual is $2500.00 

Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize

Who can participate? Students enrolled at U.S. high schools and colleges, including home school students and exchange students.

Why participate? This global education initiative features important history with lessons for today. Learn about the Middle East and Islamic culture through the legacy of humanitarian Emir Abdelkader (1808-1883). His powerful and non-threatening example of Islamic leadership in compassion and highest moral values counters stereotypes and inspires learning about cultural literacy, civility, tolerance, and understanding.

AEF Scholarship

Ascend Educational Fund awards scholarships to immigrant students and children of immigrants who are graduating from a New York City high school to attend public or private colleges and universities, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. Applicants must be born outside the United States or have two parents born outside the United States, must be a graduating senior at a high school in the boroughs of New York City and must enroll full-time at an accredited public or private college/university in the upcoming academic year. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

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).

Amana Mutual Funds Scholarship

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) aims to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam. They offer a wide range of scholarships for Muslim American students pursuing a college education in the United States. One of them is the Amana Mutual Funds Scholarship. Amana Mutual Funds aims to align investments with principles. They follow a value-oriented approach consistent with Islamic finance principles. Providing this scholarship through the Islamic Society of North America, allows Amana Mutual Funds to continue to build upon its principles and provide further support for the American Muslim community.

Award Amount: The winner of the Amana Mutual Funds Scholarship will receive $2,500.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $2,500.

American Mideast Leadership Network (AMLN) Scholarship

Be of Arab heritage Be a U.S. Citizen or a legal permanent resident with permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired). Be a high school senior or undergraduate/graduate student enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited U.S. college or university in the Tri state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut). Undergraduate and Graduate students applying must have earned at least 12 credits at a U.S. accredited college or university. Have and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (or 4.00 on a 5.00 scale). Be active in their local Arab American community.

Contact:

P.O. Box 2156 Long Island City, NY 11102 (347) 924-9674 (917) 591-2177 info@amln.org If you have any questions or concerns about higher education, or if you need assistance with your own applications, feel free to make an appointment with our Education Coordinator, who can be reached at: fernando@amln.org 347-924-9674

AMIDEAST—Diana Kamal Scholarship Search Fund (DKSSF)

AMIDEAST identifies students of exceptional accomplishment and promise who wish to pursue undergraduate study at an American-style college or university, but cannot afford to do so. The Fund guides students through the application process, assisting with the selection of schools, registering for tests, etc. Students must have high grades and strong test scores in order to qualify for a scholarship, as all scholarships are awarded by colleges and universities, not the Fund. Scholarships are not guaranteed, since the financial aid decisions are made exclusively by the schools and not the Fund.

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.

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.

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 kimberlyh@myacc.org.

Mail completed application and supporting documents to ACC Scholarship Committee Attn: Kimberly Hassan 363 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 300 Troy, MI 48084

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.

Contact:

  • The Arab American Cultural & Community Center 10555 Stancliff Road Houston, TX 770 99 Attn: 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

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

ArteEast Residency

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.

Apply here: http://residencyunlimited.org/open-call-arteeast-ru-sculpture-space-2016/

Apply here: http://www.macdowellcolony.org/apply-appguidelines.html

AWG Minority Scholarship 

The Association for Women Geoscientists encourages young minority women to pursue an education and encourages them to follow a career path into geosciences. The scholarship provides financial aid and matches the student with a
mentor in the same field who will offer guidance and support.

Aziz Jamaluddin Scholarship

Given his strong belief to have a generation of educated Muslims to speak out and communicate the true meaning of Islam in all types of media, the Jamaluddin family arranged for a scholarship fund to be established to support five students each year throughout their education in the fields of Journalism and Political Science.

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.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. Applicants for the Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship must be high-school seniors of African descent (for example, African-American, African, or Ethiopian); must plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school graduation

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

Boustany MBA Harvard Scholarship

The Boustany MBA Harvard Scholarship is granted once every two years for a two-year course at Harvard Business School. Preference is given to candidates of Lebanese descent. The scholarship offers the following:

– Financial aid amounting to $95,000 ($47,500 per year) towards tuition fees.

– Travel and accommodation expenses related to the internship.

Successful scholars are expected to complete a two-month unpaid internship with the Foundation. Projects are varied and relate to the Foundation’s activities or those of its partners. Travel and accommodation expenses related to the internship are covered by the Foundation.

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.)

Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students

The Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students provides foreign national students who are currently living as refugees or asylum-seekers in the United States with the opportunity to study at the undergraduate and graduate level at Columbia University. The scholarship provides full-tuition, plus housing and living expenses, for the number of terms necessary to complete the student’s degree.

For a list of participating schools and eligible degree programs, please follow this link.

Deadline: Varies, depending on the program chosen.

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 any field of study in their first year of higher education

Twenty Students Awarded $1000 Each

Dr. Adawia Alousi Scholarship Fund

Dr. Adawia Alousi was a true renaissance woman: a scientist and educator with a multitude of passions. Originally from Iraq, the discoveries and scientific contributions of this pioneering researcher continue to improve and extend lives and her work has been the benchmark for pharmacological experimentation around the world. Dr. Alousi was truly a leader in an era when very few women were recognized for their accomplishments, let alone a foreign-born Arab woman. In a time when self-appointed experts attempt to define the face of the modern Muslim woman, Dr. Alousi’s life reminds us it is only Muslim women who can speak about their lives, careers and choices with true authority. It is anticipated that the Dr. Adawia Alousi STEM Scholarship for Muslim Women will be between $2,500 and $10,000 per student for undergraduates, and up to $10,000 for graduate students. The scholarship may be renewable for students maintaining satisfactory academic performance. The Fund will make all grant distributions directly to the student’s affiliated college or university. All colleges and universities must be accredited and be located within the United States.

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

Durham Palestine Educational Trust

The Trust hopes to offer two scholarships for a one-year taught Master’s Degree at Durham University, UK.

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 Masters scholarships if you:

  • have completed 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. 
  • 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. 

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.

Eligibility requirements

  • 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.

Ebeid Family Fund Scholarships 

Amount: $2,500 – $5,000

Limits: Scholarships available only for Engineering and Business students at Kettering University, Wayne State University, University of Michigan Dearborn, and University of Detroit Mercy.

Elliott C. Roberts Scholarship

The Elliott C. Roberts Scholarship recognizes graduate student leaders who represent ethnically diverse cultural backgrounds and is named in honor of Elliott C. Robert’s, Sr., one of the nation’s leading public hospital administrators. The scholarship is available to second-year graduate students who demonstrate a commitment to community service, excel academically (minimum 3.0 GPA), demonstrate financial need, and are U.S. citizens.

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.

Firdaws Academy International Scholarship Program

Firdaws Academy believes in providing scholarship opportunities for deserving students. In recognition of their achievement and as an incentive for all those studying the Arabic language and Islamic studies to excel. This investment also serves to advance the field of Islamic studies while enriching the online education atmosphere with diversity, talent, and academic excellence. Seeks to recognize and reward young students who are seeking knowledge of the Quran and the Arabic language. *Students from all over the world are welcome to apply. To be eligible, candidates must be between 15 and 30 years of age. *For any other information, please contact the Firdaws Academy Scholarship Committee.

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 finaid@poly.edu

Fadel Educational Foundation

Only non-incarcerated Muslim U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. The awards are sent directly to the educational institution. The duration of the award is one academic year. Recipients are encouraged to re-apply in subsequent years.

Francis Maria Scholarships

Offers scholarships to students involved with Antiochian Orthodox Church

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

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: information@ps.britishcouncil.org

Girls Who Illustrate Awesomeness Scholarship

This is a scholarship opportunity for young women (or gender non-conforming individuals) of color who are actively working to change the world. The scholarship will be applied to tuition for the Spring semester. Amount Applicants must be young women (or gender non-conforming individuals) of color who are currently enrolled or who will begin college/university in the spring semester. Current high school seniors with a semester of high school remaining will not be considered. Have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).

Hani Qaddumi Scholarship

In 2000, the Qaddumi family came together to create a foundation in honor of the late Hani Qaddumi, a man with a vision for Palestine, who believed in the transformative power of education as a key driver for social and economic prosperity.

The Hani Qaddumi Scholarship Foundation has come a long way in fulfilling its initial mandate of providing access to education through scholarships. Over 1600 scholarships have been granted to bright young students studying in fields that are critically needed in Palestine. Our community of alumni has grown, creating valuable synergies and opportunities for networking.

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

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.

For more information please email yhussein@aaiusa.org

HostingAdvice.com Future Web Developers Scholarship

The HostingAdvice.com Future Web Developers Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students aspiring to attain employment in the IT sector. Eligible majors include tracks of study in a number of computer science-related fields, including, but not limited to, web development, software engineering, digital security, systems management, artificial intelligence, networking, and data analytics, among others.

A grant of $1,000 will be awarded to an applicant based on the following criteria: academic excellence as exemplified by GPA, civic involvement, extracurricular activities, and a written essay not to exceed 1,000 words.

Intel Scholarship For Employees’ And Retirees’ Children

The Andy Grove Scholarship for Intel Employees’ Children is a competitive scholarship program where scholarships totaling approximately 1.4 million dollars will be awarded annually in the following countries or sites; Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, United Kingdom, Vietnam. The Andy Grove Scholarship for Intel Employees’ Children is a competitive scholarship program where scholarships totaling approximately 1.4 million dollars will be awarded annually in the following countries or sites; Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, United Kingdom, Vietnam. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

Islamic Scholarship Fund Film Grants

This year we have opened up the application process to ensure that all Muslim filmmakers are eligible for consideration. We review and consider the submission of all candidates regardless of experience, career statues or individual achievements. Project may be a narrative feature length, short film, animation or documentary. Web-series are not accepted. Filmmaker must film at least 50% of the project in the U.S. At least one member of the creative team must be Muslim. The content must have Muslim characters or themes Filmmaker must have US Citizenship.

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarships

Purpose: To honor Arab American students who excel in media studies

Amount: $2,500 

Eligibility: College students majoring in journalism, radio, television, and/or film, and who are juniors, seniors, or in graduate school.

Jordanian American Association Scholarship Program

Open to students of Jordanian descent. Please contact for additional eligibility requirements.

Amount of scholarships vary

Contact: The JAA Center 305 Linden Avenue South San Francisco, CA 94080 650.583.0132

Email: contact@jaasf.org

Kamal Marchi/Arab American Community Scholarship

Must be a full time undergraduate or graduate student at University of Central Florida majoring in engineering or computer science. Applicant may be a first time enrolled or currently enrolled student. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Must be of Palestinian, Lebanese, Arab-American, or other Arab descent or origin. Must submit a 500 word essay explaining his/her future goals.

KAS Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Our education company offers services and resources for making students and teachers life easier, but our other goal is to motivate students to improve their writing skills and practice in making successful papers. You can accept a challenge and take part in our scholarship essay contest. Create a strong paper and receive a fine reward!  Undergraduate and graduate students can take part in our scholarship essay contest. Your paper must be written in English only. Please make sure your essay contains 500-700 words. We can accept only one essay from one applicant. We invite graduate and undergraduate high school students to take part in our essay contest. We have no limitations on age, race, or gender. Our scholarship application can be completed by anyone.

Khalaf Family Scholarship

Amount: $2,500/year

Limits: Engineering programs in Michigan

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford University funds up to three years of study for any graduate degree(s) at Stanford to which you are admitted at the time you are selected as a scholar. If your degree program exceeds three years — such as an M.D. or Ph.D. program, or a Stanford dual- or joint-degree program — then your Stanford home department(s) will fund the remainder of your education to the extent consistent with its standard funding commitment for that program. (That means, for example, your program may fund you for one additional year for some Ph.D.’s and three additional years for others.)

KYTESOL ESL/LEP Student Scholarship Opportunity

KYTESOL (Kentucky Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) offers a scholarship to an ESL/LEP student graduating from a Kentucky high school based on the availability of funding. Eligible applicants must be a Kentucky high school senior, be an ESL/LEP student with a native language other than English (and have been enrolled in ESL class during middle or high school years), have a 2.5 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and plan on attending a two- or four-year post-secondary institution (college, university, vocational or technical school) in Kentucky. Recipients are notified in May. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

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.

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.

McLennan Family Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $2,500/year

Limits: University of Michigan Dearborn students in Engineering or Business schools

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

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.

Minority Doctoral Loan For Service 

The Minority Doctoral Assistance Loan for Service Program was enacted to increase the number of ethnic minorities and women available to teach engineering, physical or life sciences, mathematics, and other academic disciplines in which ethnic minorities or women are demonstrably underrepresented in New Mexico Colleges and Universities. Doctoral students must want to secure a faculty position at public university in New Mexico.

MIRA Foundation Scholarships

Who is eligible for the Academic Scholarships? A high school senior, college freshman, sophomore or junior who is: A student employed by an MIRA member company for at least six months as of January 1 OR A student whose parent is a full or part-time employee of an MIRA members company for at least one year as of January 1 OR An MIRA member customer and their children Who is eligible for the Minority Scholarships? A high school senior, college freshman, sophomore or junior Applicants must belong to one of the following ethnic groups to qualify for minority status: African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Arab/Chaldean American Special rules: Only one scholarship will be awarded per MIRA member company. Multiple Merit, Minority Merit, Financial Need Merit and Trade Merit scholarships will be awarded (of these, a minimum of 3 will be awarded to MIRA member customers). Applicants are eligible to win and receive a scholarship a maximum of two times. All applications MUST be completed and submitted with transcripts by March 31 to be considered for an academic scholarship.

Mohamed (Ron) Jomha Memorial Scholarship in Business

This $1,500 annual scholarship was created through an endowment by the sons of the late Mohamad (Ron) Jomha in his memory. Learn more about the incredible life of this Alberta Muslim pioneer.

The scholarship is awarded to Post-secondary students who have completed at least one year of Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) education, achieve an average GPA of 3.3 or higher and are still enrolled in post-secondary studies. Students must also be either a visible minority, or a recent immigrant to Canada, or both, as well as demonstrate community service to be eligible for this scholarship.

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

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.

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

Muslim Youth Leadership Awards

High school graduates who are full- time, degree-seeking students attending an accredited higher education institution in the state of Minnesota during the entire current academic school year may benefit from this scholarship program.

To be eligible for a general scholarship, an applicant must demonstrate financial need.

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.

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

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

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

OppU Achievers Scholarship

To apply for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, submit a short essay responding to the prompted question below. For an idea of what our review committee is looking for, take a look at these scholarship essay examples from past recipients. Scholarship decisions are based solely on an applicant’s essay response. Winners for the OppU Achievers Scholarship are selected four times a year, with submission deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30. To be eligible for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, a student must: Be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school. Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Oregon-Idaho Conference Ethnic Leadership Award

The Oregon-Idaho Conference Ethnic Leadership Award is for one undergraduate or graduate, ethnic student who is a member of an Oregon-Idaho Conference church. Applicants are evaluated primarily on their leadership or potential leadership skills. Financial need is also considered. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) aims to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam. They offer a wide range of scholarships for Muslim American students pursuing a college education in the United States. One of them is the Plainfield Muslim Women for Better Society Scholarship. There are two awards of $500 each. One goes to a Plainfield High School senior and one goes to a full-time Indianapolis Islamic High School senior that meet the criteria.

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 gkscholarshippym@gmail.com with the subject line: Ghassan Kanafani Writing Scholarship.

Any questions can be sent to gkscholarshippym@gmail.com

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 any other information on the scholarship itself or the application process, please contact the Qasid Scholarship Committee at scholarships@qasid.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

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

Email: SAMS@sams-usa.net

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.

Sharemoney Rutgers Scholarship for Immigrants

Sharemoney, a company passionate about improving the lives of immigrants offers a scholarship program for immigrants who plan on attending Rutgers University.

Open to first and second-generation immigrants attending Rutgers University by the following fall:

  • A $1000 award
  • A simple application, with finalists writing a 1000-word essay

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.

Surety & Fidelity Industry Intern and Scholarship Program

The Surety Industry Scholarship Program provides awards outstanding minority students to support their studies in the areas of insurance/risk management, accounting, or business/finance and to encourage their consideration of the surety industry and surety underwriting as a career choice.

University of New Mexico Arab Women Scholarships

Open to female Arab American students. To be considered for endowed scholarships students must fulfill the following requirements: Be a continuing undergraduate student at the UNM Main campus Have a cumulative total of at least 12 UNM Main campus credits earned by the end of the fall semester Have a highly competitive cumulative UNM GPA. Accept the scholarship via Loboweb (instructions) Submit a scholarship Thank You letter (instructions) Enroll in, and earn, 12 credits each semester at the UNM Main campus for the upcoming academic year.

University of the People Scholarships for Refugees in the USA

In light of the recent worldwide refugee crisis, UoPeople has allocated funding for 500 scholarships for refugees (predominantly from Syria), a one-of-a-kind opportunity for qualified students who are interested in earning an accredited American degree from the University of the People.

Recipients of this scholarship will have up to ten Assessment Fees funded. Upon completion of the funds awarded, students may apply for another scholarship, and thus potentially cover the entire cost of a two-year associate or four-year bachelor’s degree.

Opportunities for providing stipend depend on available funds – students must inquire about that with the admission office.

Deadline: Rolling

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.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_ATa5do3VU

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.

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)

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

Email: wufoundation@iie.org

Wheaton Refugee Scholarship

The Wheaton Refugee Scholarship will be awarded to a student escaping conflict in his or her home country, with a preference to award the scholarship to students from the seven nations outlined in the recent executive order on immigration – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Preference will be awarded to students seeking entrance to the U.S., should the recent ban be lifted. If not, the college will utilize its network to identify qualified refugee students from these countries or other war-torn nations, currently living in the U.S.

WPNJ Arab American Scholarships

Multiple scholarships funded by private donations are to be awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students and continuing WPUNJ students, with preference given to students of Arab descent, promoting higher education as a catalyst for positive social and economic change. The scholarships will provide support for undergraduate students with financial need and encourage these students to become leaders in their disciplines and contribute to their communities. Incoming applicants for Fall are required to submit the online application indicating their commitment to the enhancement of their community and to their development as leaders in their disciplines and contribute to the social and intellectual development of their community. The Arab American Scholarships are renewable for up to four years, given the student maintains full-time status (minimum of 12 credit hours), a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually.Academic performance is reviewed at the conclusion of each semester and students who do not satisfy the criteria for the renewal of their scholarship award are notified in writing.

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

Criteria

  • 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 wqsaeed@yahoo.com

Yousriya Loza-Sawiris Scholarship Program

The Yousriya Loza-Sawiris Scholarship Program is a fully funded, full-time program for students seeking to earn a Master’s Degree in Development Practice (MDP) from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, USA.

The Master of Development Practice is a two-year degree providing graduate-level students with the skills and knowledge required to better identify and address the global challenges of sustainable development, such as poverty, population, health, conservation, climate change, and human rights.

The scholarship covers university fees, health insurance, educational materials, living allowance and travel expenses.

 

Fellowships

American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowships

Since 1917, the AAUW has awarded more than 3,400 fellowships to women from more than 140 nations. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the advancement of women and girls. Past recipients have returned to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, civil society, the arts and sciences.

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in the year before they apply for the fellowship, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application.

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) 

Boren Fellowship

  • Funding available to those graduate students who wish to continue a program of study outside in an under-represented country in study abroad programs

FTE Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent

FTE offers financial support for doctoral students who have completed the coursework stage of their Ph.D. or Th.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies. Applicants must be of African descent enrolled or admitted full time in a Th.D. or Ph.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies and be finished with coursework by the beginning of the fellowship year. Applicants at the dissertation stage must be in a position to write full time during the fellowship year. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

Gabr Fellowship

  • 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

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

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.

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

 

Educational Resources

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.

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