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Gabr Fellowship Logistical Information

Posted on March 05, 2014

Travel Dates: For the Egypt program, Fellows will arrive in Cairo on May 10 and return home on May 24. While in Egypt the program will travel between Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor.  There will be a two week break between the Egypt and American programs. The US program will begin in New York on June 7, travel to Atlanta and North Carolina, and end in Washington, DC on June 21. 

Fellows must be available for the entirety of the Fellowship travel dates.

Funding: All travel related expenses, including room and board, will be covered by the...

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Gabr Fellowship 2014 Program Schedule

Posted on March 05, 2014




May 10 – 24, 2014


June 7 – 21, 2014




New York


North Carolina

 Washington, DC

The Gabr Fellowship Program has created a unique space for Americans and Egyptians to bridge the East-West divide. The 2014 class of Fellows will meet with leading figures in policymaking, civic engagement, communications and business and visionaries from the arts and academia. A unifying theme of the American program will be the...

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2014 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala

Posted on March 03, 2014

 On April 25, 2014 the Arab American Institute Foundation hosted leaders in the Arab American community along with prominent members of the media, civil society organizations and government officials for the sixteenth annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala.

The night began with a special performance of “America the Beautiful” in Arabic by 11-year-old Ms. Naya Salah. Naya’s Arabic rendition of the national hymn was featured in a SuperBowl commercial along with six other languages. Ms. Salah’s performance was a special moment to celebrate her achievements and recognize the significance of the Arab American community being featured in such a moving and visible manner.

Following Naya’s performance, AAI’s Chairman George Salem took the stage to recognize the many leaders who were present and to read a letter from President Barak Obama. Unable to attend in person, the President expressed his admiration for the work of AAI and praised the important and vital role Arab Americans play in civil society. The President captured the significance of the evening, saying “occasions like the ‘Spirit of Humanity’ Awards reaffirm our belief that those forces uniting us are far more powerful than those that divide us.” Secretary of State John Kerry also sent a video message to greet the audience. In it, he thanked the Arab American Institute for "bringing the diverse voices of Arab Americans to the center of the American conversation." Kerry congratulated the 2014 awardees especially focusing on his former Senate colleague George Mitchell. Kerry and also shared his vision for and commitment to peace in the Middle East.

The first award of the evening was introduced by former Secretary of Transportation, the Honorable Ray LaHood. Secretary LaHood presented Senator George J. Mitchell with the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service in recognition of the many accomplishment of Mitchell’s tenure in the Senate and in international peace negotiations. Senator Mitchell gave a moving speech about his upbringing as the son of a Lebanese immigrant – whose family inculcated in him the richness of American freedoms and the strength of their cultural values. Mitchell reflected on his mother’s impact on his life, saying “My parents knew little of history or political science, but they understood the meaning of America….Their values were simple but universal in reach: faith, family, country, and work.” Senator Mitchell praised the hard work and sacrifice of his parents, saying that because of their efforts he was able to get a quality education, launching him on a path that would lead him to the position of Senate Majority Leader.

Playright, lawyer and Al Jazeera contributor Wajahat Ali took the stage to present the Award for Corporate Citizenship to Participant Media. Jim Berk, Particpant Media’s CEO, was on hand to accept the award. Prior to his acceptance speech, the audience viewed a short film that featured many of the Academy Award-winning films Participant Media has produced; the clip also previewed their forthcoming animated film, “Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet,” which is adapted from Kahlil Gibran’s famous book. In his remarks, Mr. Berk shared his vision of how Participant Media will continue to use media and digital content to inspire social change. Participant Media has pioneered innovative strategies to translate their films into action campaigns that address many of society’s most pressing issues of justice. He remarked, “if we can break down these issues to personal stories, we have the ability for people to drop their guard, for people to really look at somebody else as a human being – not as somebody in opposition.”

The Arab American Institute’s Executive Director Maya Berry took the stage next to recognize and honor the achievements of Arab Americans in public service over the past year. She noted presence of Anthony Shadid’s family at the gala – and reflected on how his legacy and outstanding journalism have impacted American society. She spoke of how the Institute’s work has paved the way for Naya, Anthony’s children, and all young Arab Americans to be leaders in defining a brighter future for our community.

This year’s gala celebrated the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. In recognition of this milestone, the last award of the evening was presented to Martin Luther King, III by Andy Shallal, a noted Washington area restaurateur and former mayoral candidate. Mr. Shallal  expressed what a great honor it was to present the Special Recognition Award to Martin Luther King III for the impact the entire King family had on advancing civil rights in America. Martin Luther King III accepted the award on behalf of his family and in honor of the work he continues to do in the U.S. and around the world. Mr. King’s message was loud and clear: The work of his father is not done, and we must continue to fight for equality and justice in America. In a touching tribute video, the audience was reminded of what Dr. King, Jr. had faced and triumphed over, and was also reminded of the hope we have for positive change in our time.

Dr. James Zogby, the President of the Arab American Institute, took the stage to thank everyone for being there and to recognize the great work of AAI staff and volunteers. Dr. Zogby reflected on the gala and this year’s recipients, saying “when we choose people to honor, we are making a statement about the people we want to be, about the values we want to embrace, about the lives we want to live, about the contributions that we want to make… [because] it doesn’t matter how much we’ve succeeded, it’s what we do with that success for others. Do we make the world a better place, do we leave a mark?” The night’s honorees have left an incredible mark and serve as inspiration in our forward march towards the common good.


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2014 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Honorees

Posted on March 03, 2014

Participant MediaAward for Corporate Citizenship

Established in 2004 by eBay founder and philanthropist Jeff Skoll, Participant Media is responsible for more than 50 films, of which 36 received Academy Award nominations and 7 earned Academy Awards, including Good Night and Good Luck, North Country, Syriana, An Inconvenient Truth, Lincoln, State 194, and The Square. Participant has pioneered the groundbreaking marriage of entertainment media and social activism, using film as the cornerstone of campaigns to facilitate social change. One campaign, in conjunction with the release of Food, Inc., prompted nearly 250,000...

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2015 Scholarships

Posted on February 06, 2014
Here's a list of 2015 Scholarship programs offered by institutions not affiliated with AAI or the AAI Foundation.
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Posted on January 31, 2014

The programs listed are offered by institutions not affiliated with AAI or the AAI Foundation. Please contact each organization directly for further information. To have your scholarship program included on this page please contact Joan Hanna. For American Students of Arab Descent Arab Students Studying in the United States Other Scholarships (both Arab and Arab American students)

For American Students of Arab Descent

Al Muammar Scholarships for Journalism

(The Al-Muammar Scholarship has been suspended for the 2012-2013 school year. Please check back for information on the 2014-2015 award)...

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2013 Gabr Fellowship Projects

Posted on October 31, 2013

The Fellows have collaborated in teams on six project ideas aimed at addressing challenges facing Egypt and the U.S. - from establishing microclinics in Egypt to installing large interactive TV screens in Cairo and New York. Once implemented, the projects will help to achieve the goals of the East-West Initiative and ensure the program's sustainability and impact well beyond the term of the Fellowship. Read more about each project below.

Shared DistanceRe:Perception: A Creative Investigation of Cross-Cultural Perception and DialogueHealthy Innovation by Empowering Cross-Cultural SolutionsToward Sustained Renewable Energy Policy in EgyptSurvey of Attitudes Among Young...

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2013 Gabr Fellows

Posted on October 30, 2013

Egyptian Fellows Ahmed Nagy Ahmed, Senior E-Business & IS Security, ARTOC Group for Investment and Development Ahmed Ahmed works in E-Business and IS Security at ARTOC Group, one of the biggest investment holding conglomerates in the Middle East. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology from Cairo University, and an MBA from ESLSCA. Besides being a member of The Egyptian Society of Technical Analysts (ESTA), he has received CFTe Certificate from the International Federation of Technical Analysts. Noha Eid,...

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