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Scholarships and Fellowships

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Database of Scholarships and Fellowships:


Ameen Rihani Scholarship Program

This scholarship in the amount of $1,500 is awarded each year to a student along with selected books from Ameen Rihani’s works. For more information regarding qualifications, application forms, and deadlines please visit the Ameen Rihani Organization and click on the link to “Rihani Scholarship.”


American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine Essay Contest

The AFRP Essay Contest is open only to the youth whose parents are members of the American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine. Each age category winner will be awarded a $400.00 scholarship and a plaque (total of 3) and essay will be published on the federation’s website and in Hathihe Ramallah Magazine.


Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects College Scholarship

The Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects established the Scholarship Awards Program to Arab American Engineering students.

The Award of a scholarship is to be presented to an undergraduate or graduate student in the field of engineering, architecture, or information technology with preference to the undergraduate students. The objective is to promote engineering, architecture, and information technology as worthy professions and to foster stronger ties between the Association and the Arab American Community. The number and value of the scholarship(s) will be decided every year based on the amount raised by the Education and Career Enhancement Committee for this purpose and will be presented at a function of the Association.


Arab American Heritage Council

To apply, the student must be graduating from high school, parent/guardian must be a member of the AAHC for at least one-year prior to application, and the student must be of Arab American heritage.


Arab American Women’s Business Council

The Arab American Women’s Business Council (AAWBC) wishes to foster the growth and academic achievement of Arab American Women. The AAWBC established a scholarship fund to provide educational opportunities to females of Arab descent in the state of Michigan. Four to five ($1000) scholarships will be awarded in 2012/2013: two scholarships to current college students and two scholarships to senior high school students, and possibly one scholarship at the discretion of the AAWBC Scholarship committee.


Arab Student Aid International

Arab Student Aid International is an independent, non-profit, non-political, non-religious and tax exempt educational foundation.

ASAI’s mission is to effectively contribute to the enrichment of the labor force, structure, both qualitatively and quantitatively in the Arab States. This is accomplished through interest free loans and specialized university graduates at the Doctorate and Masters Studies level, especially in those fields that are in demand for socio-economic and cultural and peace development and are not readily available at academic insititutions in the Arab States.


Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship: Social Entrepreneurship and Cross Cultural Network

The Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship aims to develop a network of entrepreneurs with a demonstrated interest in social change and cross-cultural dialogue. It is an endeavor to create a new brand of both dialogue and social entrepreneurship that allows for sustainable business models to have far reaching impact.

In a multi-layered approach, the program blends three educational components: action-driven social entrepreneurship program, exposure to state-of-the-art scholarship and cross-cultural dialogue.

This is an all paid fellowship for 30 innovative, entrepreneurial, engaging individuals who are making a difference and building bonds with other communities.


Barakat Trust

The Barakat Trust is a UK registered charity which provides financial support for the study and research of the material and visual cultures of Islamic societies. Established in 1987, The Barakat Trust operates exclusively for educational purposes, providing scholarships and grants in Islamic Art History, Architecture, and Archaeology at the world’s most respected academic and cultural institutions at post-graduate and post-doctoral level. Exhibitions, lectures, conferences, archaeological excavations, conservation projects, surveys and documentation, travel grants and scholarly publications are also supported. This assistance is granted to enable scholars to continue to add to the body of Islamic scholarship while enhancing the possibilities of cross-cultural understanding and tolerance.

Applications are considered once a year, in the Spring, by the Academic Advisory Trust, and each application is considered on its own merit. Financial support awarded by Barakat varies depending on individual circumstances. To qualify for support, proposed projects should show promise of genuine and useful contributions to knowledge, and be consistent with Barakat’s overall aims.


English for Heritage Language Speakers

English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) is an intensive, university-based program that enables non-native speakers of English to develop the language skills they need to succeed in professional positions in government and business. The program involves 6 months of full-time study at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Participants improve their English through study of presentation skills, meeting participation, and business writing.

All EHLS participants receive a full scholarship that includes tuition and a living stipend.


Fisher Broadcasting Scholarships for Minorities

Since 1987 Fisher Broadcasting has sought to attract minority students into careers in broadcasting with annual scholarships. Fisher’s interest in minority broadcasting students goes back many years and has included training programs in technical areas and on-air.


Fulbright Scholarship and Fellowship

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. The Fulbright Program has provided almost 310,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.


Hariri Foundation

Supports the academic and technical training of Lebanese scholars in over 32 major fields of study. Thousands of Lebanese have pursued studies in over 300 universities and colleges in the United States and Canada through the active sponsorship by and support of the Hariri Foundation.


Hope Fund

The principal mission of the Hope Fund is to provide a college education for young people who have demonstrated academic excellence, determination and drive. The Hope Fund provides scholarships to Palestinian refugees living below the poverty line throughout the Mideast, but especially in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria where the needs are most urgent. The Hope Fund strives to award an equal number of scholarships to young men and women.


The Ibn Battuta Merit Scholarships for Peace and Democracy

The Ibn Battuta Merit Scholarships aim to reward students for excellence and dedication to the study of the Arabic language as well as promote the study of Arabic as a foreign language. The Scholarship is sponsored by the Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies in Rabat, Morocco.


Iranian-American Bar Association

The Iranian-American Bar Association, formed in 2000 in the District of Columbia, provides law students with the opportunity to obtain the IABA Scholarship. The IABA scholarship was designed to help advance law students in the Iranian-American community. IABA grants one or more scholarships each year to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. Applicants must be of Iranian heritage and full-time students at an accredited law school (applications from UCI School of Law will be accepted) in the United States who are not otherwise receiving full educational funding from another organization.


Iranian-American Scholarship Fund

In 1998 the Iranian-American Scholarship fund was created by Iranian-Americans in San Diego, California seeking to create scholarships for students of Iranian heritage. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, financial need, and a commitment to community service. The Iranian-American Scholarship fund provides scholarships for Undergraduates, Graduates, and International students.


Iranian Scholarship Foundation

The Iranian Scholarship Foundation (ISF) was founded in 2000 by Mrs. Azadeh Hariri, with the vision of creating an effective scholarship program for Iranian-American students in the United States. Mrs. Hariri’s vision also included a desire to ensure that the second generation of Iranians coming of age in the United States retain their Iranian heritage, while at the same time adjusting competently to American society, by being the best and brightest students, and eventually arriving in skilled, decision-making positions where they can influence not only Iranian Americans, but the greater public’s perception of them.

Selected students will receive scholarships of up to four years or until their date of graduation (whichever comes first). There are currently 36 scholarship recipients who have received a total of $235,000.


Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship

The Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship was created to recognize Arab-American students who excel in Media Studies. To be eligible for this award of $1,000 applicants must be undergraduate juniors, seniors or graduate students, be attending college in the coming academic year, be majoring in mass communications, journalism, radio, television, and/or film, have at least a 3.0 GPA and be a U.S. citizen of Arab heritage


Lebanese American Heritage Club

The program awards scholarships of $1,000 to each selected qualified high school senior, undergraduate university student and graduate university student of Arab descent, as funding allows.


Midwest Federation of American Syrian-Lebanese Clubs

Offers 10-20 scholarships of $1,000 awarded to undergraduates whose families are members of the Federation. A recommendation by a Federation officer is required. The Federation has members in 11 states in the upper Midwest.


National Arab American Medical Association Foundation

The National Arab American Medical Association Foundation takes great pride in the worthy projects it has supported since 1990 and hopes to make a greater impact with its philanthropy over the years to come. The Foundation offers two annual scholarship grants of $1,000 each to qualified students of Arabic extraction enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian medical, osteopathic or dental school.


National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

NSLI will dramatically increase the number of Americans learning critical need foreign languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Farsi and others through new and expanded programs from kindergarten through university and into the workforce.


Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program for Undergraduates

Through the Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program, OCI provides full tuition scholarships for Egyptian students, who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree at Stanford University in the United States.  Undergraduate degrees will be in the fields of Engineering, Economics, Political Science, Finance and Management aiming to boost Egypt’s economic competitiveness.

The Onsi Sawiris Scholarship will be awarded based on character and merit as demonstrated through academic excellence, extracurricular activities and entrepreneurial initiative.  The scholarship will include full tuition, living allowance, travel and health insurance.


Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

Applicants must either have a bachelor’s degree or be in their final year of their undergraduate study and be a “New American” (a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country).


Persian Scholarship Foundation

The Persian Scholarship Foundation was founded by Arash Davallou, a UC Berkeley graduate and a member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association. The PSF aims to recognize academic excellence among students with Iranian heritage studying the US, especially those who take active engagement distributing knowledge about their Persian culture, history, and heritage within the US.


Rachel Corrie Memorial Scholarship

The Rachel Corrie Memorial Scholarship at The Evergreen State College is for students dedicated to gaining a better understanding of the Middle East and to working, locally or internationally, to further Middle East peace. Areas of interest may include Arab culture and Arabic language, US Policy in the Middle East, and peace, justice, and conflict resolution studies. Applicants must show how they will use their studies to promote human rights and social justice through community activism and/or political advocacy.


SQCC Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM), The Middle East Institute

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is dedicated to educating the peoples of the United States and Oman about the breadth and richness of our two cultures. SQCC promotes mutual respect and understanding between our nations and strives to educate a new generation of culturally sensitive and knowledgeable citizens in each society. Starting in 2009, SQCC partnered with World Learning to offer scholarships for study in Oman for advanced Arabic language students. The SQCC Summer Arabic Language and Media program (SQCC SALAM) has been held in Dhofar, Nizwa, and Muscat, and involves intensive Arabic language coursework in an immersive environment.


United Palestinian Appeal

Since 1986, United Palestinian Appeal’s Scholarship Program has helped nearly 2,000 Palestinian students realize their dream of higher education. UPA awards four-year scholarships that cover most or all of a student’s tuition costs to study at universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Recipients must demonstrate academic excellence, financial need and a desire to give back to their community and nation. By assisting students attending local universities, UPA seeks to buttress Palestinian higher education and encourage the development of an independent, sustainable Palestinian economy.


Washington Center for Politics and Journalism

The Washington Center for Politics and Journalism hosts student journalists pursuing a career in political reporting. This is a non-partisan program with a $3000 stipend.


Yemen American Benevolent Association

The Yemen American Benevolent Association (YABA) provides scholarships for Yemeni American high school seniors/ The availability of scholarships varies from year to year. Recently the Association granted scholarships of $1,000 each to 11 Yemeni American high school seniors.










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