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AAIF Youth Leadership Scholarship

Helen Abbott Community Service Awards 

The Helen Abbott Community Service Awards are a youth leadership program of the Arab American Institute Foundation. Given annually to Arab Americans under 30, these 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. The Foundation awards a maximum of three $1,000 individual prizes.

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This year's application deadline is March 1, 2020; successful candidates will be notified in late March.

For more information please email Edy Semaan.

The programs listed below 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 us.

For American Students of Arab Descent

Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects

The Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects established the Scholarship Awards Program to Arab American Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Science/Information Technology students. The Award of a scholarship is to be presented to undergraduate or graduate students in the field of engineering, architecture, or computer science/information technology with preference to the undergraduate students. The objective is to promote engineering, architecture, and computer science/information technology as worthy professions and to foster stronger ties between the Association and the Arab American Community. 

For more information please click here.

American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine 

AFRP Scholarship
27484 Ann Arbor Trail 
Westland, MI. 48185 
(734) 425-1600 fax: (734) 425-3985
Email: admin@afrp.org

Financial aid is given in the form of direct grants to Charitable organizations; Scholarships awarded directly to students by Scholarship Committee; and Committee-awarded grants for books, papers and research on subjects dealing with Arabic culture.

To apply, send an email request for a Scholarship Application to admin@afrp.org. Applications are only accepted once a year at the AFRP Annual Ramallah Convention. 


1730 M Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036-4505
(202) 776-9600 fax: (202) 776-7000
Email: inquiries@amideast.org 

AMIDEAST currently awards two types of scholarships: 1) AMIDEAST Education Abroad Need-Based Scholarships; 2) AMIDEAST Blog Abroad Scholarships. Funding is available only to citizens and permanent residents of the United States participating in AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, and Tunisia. Awards will be made only to students who submit a completed scholarship application and a complete program application by the established deadlines. Scholarship applications from all qualified students will be considered. 

Arab American Heritage Council 

416 N. Saginaw St. Suite 220
Flint, MI 48502
810.235.2722  fax: 810.235.3514

The AAHC offers three total student scholarships every year, each around $1,000. Please visit their website for more information.

Arab American Women's Business Council               

Yvonna Abraham, Chair
AAWBC Head Office
22952 Outer Drive
Dearborn, MI 48124

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. It goes to an Arab American woman in Michigan who plans on attending a MI school. Applicants must print the application, fill it out, then send the completed application with additional information to the address listed above. 

Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship

The Palestinian Youth Movement’s Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship is open to Palestinian residents and citizens of the United States who are aged 18-25. Each year, the contribution of prize money to the top three submissions is intended for their educational expenses in order to propagate their paths of inquiry and creativity.The top ten pieces are published in an online anthology.

All applicants must fill out this form to complete submission.

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship 

Jack G. Shaheen Scholarship
Attn: Nabil Mohamed
ADC Research Institute (ADCRI)
1705 DeSales Street, NW Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036

Named in honor of the late Arab American media scholar Dr. Jack Shaheen, ADCRI's Mass Communications Scholarship honors Arab-American students who excel in Media Studies. Eligibility is restricted to college students enrolled in the current academic year majoring in journalism, radio, television, and/or film, and who are juniors, seniors, or in graduate school.

If you have any questions, visit their website, or call (202) 244-2990 or email organizing@adc.org. Awards are traditionally presented at ADC’s National Convention.

Lebanese American Heritage Club 

13530 Michigan Ave, Suite 227
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 846-8480 fax: (313) 846-8480

The monetary value of this 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. Click here to see the required documents, eligibility and selection criteria, and apply for the scholarship.

Middlebury Monterey Language Academy 

Learn Arabic through a summer immersion Arabic Academy and Pomona College program. Full scholarships are now available: the QFI grant provides 15 full scholarships (covering tuition, room and board and travel costs) for deserving students interested in studying Arabic. Both non-native and heritage speakers are welcome. To be eligible, students must qualify for financial aid and be able to continue their Arabic studies after participating in MMLA. Students from low-income schools and areas are encouraged to apply immediately at mmla.middlebury.edu. Learn more about the program and request financial support here.

National Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP)

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.

Access the online application here. For more information, please visit NAAP's website for more details.  

SQCC Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM)

Since 2009 SQCC has offered scholarships for study in Oman for advanced Arabic language students.  The SQCC Summer Arabic Language and Media program (SQCC SALAM) has been recently held in Dhofar, Nizwa, and Muscat, and Manah. The program involves intensive Arabic language coursework in an immersive environment, as well as cultural components and trips around Oman.

For more information, please visit SQCC’s site here.

Wayne State University

Office of Scholarships and Financial Services
Helen Newberry Joy Student Services Center, Room 3 West
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-3378

Wayne Sate University offers the Arab American Pharmacist Association Endowed Scholarship. Preference will go to students that participate in the student chapter of the Arab American Pharmacy Association and/or volunteer in the Arab American Community.

Please click here for more information.

Yemeni American Benevolent Association (YABA)

2121 Salina Street
Dearborn, MI 48120
(313) 841-3333

The availability of scholarships varies from year to year. The Yemen American Benevolent Association (YABA) announced its 48th Annual Scholarship Gala event for Yemeni American high school seniors this year. For more information and to apply, please click here.

College Guide for Undocumented Students

Each year, more than 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools in the U.S., but only a fraction continue on to college. For students who want to pursue college, conflicting information about eligibility, legal rights and financial aid can be major barriers. With this in mind, Online Colleges created a college guide for undocumented students that addresses their key concerns:

  • Explanation of legal rights, including the DREAM Act and DACA
  • How to find and apply for colleges
  • Financial aid for undocumented students

Arab Students Studying in the United States  

Leonard Education Organization (LE.O)
PO Box 504
Buena Vista, VA 24416
Phone: 609-730-3946

LEO's 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.

For more information on how to apply for this scholarship, click here.

Bint Jebail Cultural Center 

Attn: Scholarship Committee
6220 Miller Road
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 584-0011 
fax: (313) 584-7216

Offers multiple scholarships of $500 to Arab American students in Michigan, although Arab American students from other states are encouraged to apply as well. Students must be high school seniors and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. Please call or email (refer above) for a complete list of scholarship requirements and to obtain an application. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Zaman at (313) 584-0011 for more information.

National Arab American Medical Association Foundation

801 South Adams Road, #208
Birmingham, MI 48009-7018
(248) 646-3661 fax: (248) 646-0617

The Foundation offers two annual scholarship grants of $1,000 each to qualified students of Arabic extraction enrolled in a US or Canadian medical, osteopathic or dental school. Click here to apply. Additionally, The Houston Chapter has recently 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.

Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program for Undergraduates

Launched in 2000, the Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program(OSSP) has made it possible for over 70 extraordinary Egyptian men and women to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees at prestigious colleges and universities in the United States in fields that will enhance the economic prosperity of Egypt. The scholarships are merit based and include tuition expenses, a living allowance, health insurance, and other benefits. The program is funded by Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) through the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development to invest in the Egyptian youth to advance the Egyptian economy and improve the quality of life in the Egyptian society.

Learn more and apply here.

Other Scholarships (for both Arab and Arab American students)

American Association of Yemeni Students and Professionals Michigan Chapter 

The American Association of Yemeni Students and Professionals is granting scholarships to outstanding high school seniors and undergraduate students.

To learn about Scholarship requirements and to apply, visit their Facebook page.

Barakat Trust and Barakat Foundation

The Arab British Centre,
1 Gough Square,
London EC4A 3DE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7832 1327
Email: info@barakat.org

The Barakat Trust and Barakat Foundation offer a number of opportunities for Muslims who wish to study in the UK.

Chaldean Federation of America 

Chaldean Federation of America
Scholarship Program
30777 Northwestern Highway, Ste. 300
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Phone: (248) 406-2052
Email: rula@chaldeanfederation.org

Please contact Rula Yuro for information about the Michael J. George Chaldean Scholarship Fund. 

English for Heritage Language Speakers 

3607 O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 687-4455 fax: (202) 337-1559
Email: info@ehlsprogram.org

The English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) program is an intensive program of study for adults who possess a high level of proficiency in a critical language and want to achieve professional proficiency in English. Conducted by CAL in partnership with the Georgetown University Center for Language Education and Development, EHLS gives participants the English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills they need to succeed in professional positions in the federal government.

Please click here for more information about their scholarship program.

The Hope Fund 

2025 M Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC  20036-3363
Phone: +1 (202) 776-9600
Email: HopeFund@amideast.org

The principal mission of the Hope Fund is to provide a college education for young people who have demonstrated academic excellence, determination and drive. We provide 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. We strive to award an equal number of scholarships to young men and women.

To learn how to apply contact the office nearest you:

The Ibn Battuta Scholarship for Peace and Diplomacy

Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic studies is pleased to announce new scholarships available for intensive study of Modern Standard Arabic.  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.  Prospective students may apply to either one of the semester programs (fall, spring) or else to the winter and summer programs. 

Visit their website to access the application. 

Industry Arabic Scholarship

Each year, Industry Arabic will award scholarships of $2,000 to support tuition and living expenses for 1-2 students pursuing advanced, immersive Arabic study. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program that incorporates advanced Arabic language skills (a major / concentration in Arabic language is not necessary).

Visit their website to access the application. 

Said Foundation Scholarships 

24 Queen Anne’s Gate
London SW1H 9AA
United Kingdom 
Phone: + 44 (0)20 7 593 5420
Fax: +44 (0)207 593 5429
E-mai: admin@saidfoundation.org

The Scholarships Programme provides students and young professionals, recognized for their leadership potential, with educational and training opportunities that will help their career development, will enable them to achieve impact in their professional fields and ultimately to bring benefits to others in their countries of origin. These opportunities generally take the form of postgraduate scholarships at Masters and (exceptionally) PhD levels at UK universities; though other professional development opportunities are also occasionally provided. Applications are restricted to candidates who are Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian or Palestinian (including Palestinians inside Israel); Applications for study at universities outside the United Kingdom cannot be considered.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program 

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

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Rachel Corrie Memorial Scholarship 

The Office of Enrollment Services
The Evergreen State College, Library 1221
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, Washington 98505
(360) 867-6310
E-mail: elhardtm@evergreen.edu

This $3,000 scholarship 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 they will use their studies to promote human rights and social justice through community activism and/or political advocacy and must be currently enrolled in Evergreen State College.

Paul & Daisy SOROS Fellowships for New Americans 

224 W. 57th Street
NYC, NY 10019
(212) 547-6926
fax: (212) 548-4623 

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a $90,000 merit-based fellowship exclusively for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. The program draws nearly 1,800 applications annually for just 30 fellowships.

The Soros Fellowship provides graduate school scholarships to "new Americans" to assist them in becoming leaders in various fields. Additional information is available on the Fellowship Program's website. Applicants must either have a bachelor's degree or be in their final year of undergraduate study. Additional information can be found here. Applications can be completed and submitted here.

United Palestinian Appeal

1330 New Hampshire Ave NW, Suite 104 
Washington, DC 20034
(202) 659-5007 fax: (202) 296-0224

UPA's scholarship program provides tuition costs to hundreds of qualified students attending universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. With long-term development of Palestine in mind, UPA encourages students in technical fields including engineering, economics, and teaching to apply. Since 1986, UPA’s University Scholarship Program has helped nearly 2,000 qualified students realize their dreams of higher education, providing tuition funds for study at local universities. For the 2010-2011 academic year, UPA awarded scholarships to 136 students, who were awarded between $750 and $1,250 each for the academic year, depending on their financial need and tuition costs.

For more information on the upcoming UPA Scholarship Program click here.