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AAIF Youth Leadership Scholarship

For American Students of Arab Descent

Arab Students Studying in the United States

Other Scholarships (both Arab and Arab American students)

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.

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.

Background and Application Form | 2019 Award Recipients | 2018 Award Recipients 2017 Award Recipients

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

For more information please email Tess Waggoner.

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

Application Deadline: TBA for 2019

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.                             

The number and amount of the scholarship(s) will be decided every year based on the amount raised by the Education and Scholarship Committee for this purpose and will be presented at a function of the Association. The names of the winner(s) will be announced at their Annual Dinner Gala and the winner(s) will receive a certificate and a check. 

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;
  •  Committee-awarded grants for books, papers and research on subjects dealing with Arabic culture.

In the last ten years, more than $800,000 has been spent to financial support students and local, national and international charitable organizations. More than 1500 scholarship recipients of the Fund received undergraduate and graduate degrees in such disciplines as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, education, engineering, science, business administration, law and many more that could be listed.


Please send an email request for a Scholarship Application to admin@afrp.org. All Scholarship applications are due no later than May 31 of each year. Applications are only accepted once a year at the AFRP Annual Ramallah Convention. 


At AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World, we are committed to providing financial assistance to students participating on our programs in the Middle East and North Africa. 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. However, preference will be given to applicants who fulfill one or more of the following criteria:
    - First-generation college students and/or members of groups that historically have been underrepresented on study abroad programs
    - Demonstrated serious financial need
    - Demonstrated academic excellence
    - Currently enrolled at a college or university that is either a member of the AMIDEAST Academic Consortium or an AMIDEAST Affiliate.

1730 M Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036-4505
(202) 776-9600 fax: (202) 776-7000


Arab American Heritage Council 

The AAHC offers three total student scholarships every year, each around $1,000. Please visit their website for more information: https://aahcflint.org/programs/educational-services/

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


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. 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:

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

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 

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 3 submissions win scholarship prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250.

The top ten pieces will be published in an online anthology.

Most recent deadline: August 1, 2019.

All applicants must fill out this form to complete submission.

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship 

ADC Research Institute
1990 M Street NW, Suite 610
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 244-2990

Purpose: To honor Arab-American students who excel in Media Studies. 
Amount: $1,000 
Eligibility: College students enrolled in the 2017-2018 academic year majoring in journalism, radio, television, and/or film, and who are juniors, seniors, or in graduate school.

Applicants please submit the following items to the ADC Research Institute (HARD copy applications only):

  • A one page statement explaining why you merit the scholarship, your goals, and a declaration that you are a U.S. citizen of Arab heritage
  • Two (2) original signed letters of recommendation from Mass Communications professors.
  • Copies of your articles, DVD’s, films, and so forth (these items will not be returned to you)
  • Official academic transcripts (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • Your permanent home address/phone number, e-mail address, and your phone number during the school year, if different

Deadline: June 8, 2018

Note: Incomplete, non-hard copy or late applications will not be accepted.

Submit all materials to:

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

If you have any questions, 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 held in Dhofar, Nizwa, and Muscat, and this year, Manah. The program involves intensive Arabic language coursework in an immersive environment, as well as cultural components and trips around Oman.

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2015 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program. SQCC supports Arabic language study for students through its annual SALAM program. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture.

Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens, enrolled in a degree seeking program (BA, MA or PhD) in spring 2018, and have completed four semesters (or the equivalent) of university-level Arabic coursework, and have a passport that is valid until 6 months after the end date of the program.

Deadline: 2018 application period is now closed.

Program dates24 June - 9 August 2018

Location: Manah, Oman at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-Native Speakers

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.

Application Deadline:TBD for 2018

Arab Students Studying in the United States  

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

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.

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.

Application Deadline: TBD for 2018

National Arab American Medical Association Foundation

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

Application Deadline: July 1

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

Application deadline: TBD for 2018

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.

Main Goals

  • Help outstanding Egyptian youth pursue educational opportunities at top universities in the United States in various fields of study.
  • Insure that the Egyptian economy maintains its competitiveness by supplementing its workforce with a continuous stream of driven and talented professionals who are results-oriented.

Program Activities and Results

  • More than 70 talented Egyptian men and women pursued academic degrees at top universities in the United States and have returned to Egypt, and they are currently contributing to Egypt's development.
  • Two in five of the OSSP has been a female, reflecting the commitment of OSSP in enabling women to contribute to Egypt's development. They have pursued master's degrees in various fields of study. 

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.

Scholarship Requirements:

  1. Must be MI resident.
  2. Must be either a high school senior or college undergraduate
  3. Must show proof of college acceptance (letter, schedule, transcript, ID)
  4. Must attend the scholarship ceremony
  5. Completing the online application

Application deadline: TBD for 2018

Barakat Trust and Barakat Foundation 

The application reopened as of January 3, 2018. The Advisory Committee of the Barakat Trust meets in the early spring of each year to consider applications, and applicants are informed of the results by early Summer.

Please read the Notes for Applicants (below) carefully before completing the form. Please check that you are eligible for the award(s) for which you are applying. They cannot accept applications in any other field than Islamic Art History, Architecture and Archaeology under any circumstances. Please do not apply for funding in any other subject.

As of this year, applicants will apply using out Application Portal by clicking here.

An application will not be considered unless the following have been received by the due date:

  • Application form
  • An electronic example of applicant's work
  • Two references sent independently from referees, which must be received by the closing date for applications. Referees should be acquainted with the candidate and his or her work, and in the case of scholarly research, should be senior academics. References must be typed on the headed paper of the institution, and sent by email (ideally as .pdf files) directly from the referees official work email. References emailed from personal or free accounts will not be accepted.

Those applying to come to the U.K. as Visiting Scholars, should provide at least one letter of support from a senior member of a university or equivalent institution in the U.K. and assurance that access to the material relevant for their research will be afforded them.

Anyone applying for a travel grant to study specific manuscripts or items in a museum or library must obtain the relevant permissions to view the items in advance of applying. They cannot make grants without knowing that the applicant has permission to work, or that specific items are actually present and not out on loan. 

Chaldean Federation of America 

Scholarship Program
30777 Northwestern Highway, Ste. 300
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Phone: (248) 406-2052

Email: rula@chaldeanfederation.org

Scholarship Award Terms:

1. Scholarship recipients are REQUIRED to attend the “Chaldean Scholarship Luncheon”, where they will receive their certificate. Non-attendance will be considered a forfeit of the award barring illness or an emergency. 

2. All awards are a one time, non-renewable grant.

3. Awards are for Chaldean high school graduates and Chaldean college graduates continuing on to higher education. Awards must be used within the academic year they are awarded barring illness, emergency, or military service. Must be graduating class of 2016 to be eligible.

4. All applicants must be Michigan residents.


  • Please review all requirements BEFORE registering using the form on your right.
  • Registration deadline is May 20, 2016 at 5pm.
  • Please mail a copy of as many of the following documents available:
  • Must be Chaldean
  • Must be a Michigan resident
  • Must be a graduating High School Senior or College graduate continuing on to higher education
  • Must have a 3.3 GPA or higher
  • Must mail in a copy of academic transcripts and ACT/SAT scores
  • Must submit letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, certificates, and/or awards
  • Must submit a brief biography about yourself (1 paragraph)

To qualify for the Newcomer Scholarship, you must be a newcomer to America within the last 5 years in addition to the requirements above. Please check the Newcomer box in your online registration in order for your application to be considered.

Mail documents to:

Chaldean Federation of America
Scholarship Program
30777 Northwestern Highway, Ste. 300
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Application deadline: TBD for 2018

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.

Application deadline: TBD for 2018

The Hope Fund 

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

Application Deadline: Awarded on Rolling Basis

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 be eligible for the Scholarship Program You Must be:

  • Legal resident of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, or Gaza Strip. Or a registered Palestinian refugee outside the Palestinian territories.
  • Come from a socio economically disadvantaged background.
  • Currently in the 11 or 12th grade and have grade average of 90% or better.
  • Show fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Must not be a U.S. citizen or green card holder.

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. 


  • Full Scholarships cover all tuition and housing costs for the duration of the program (an approximate value of $3715.00 for semester programs, and $1250.00 for the winter and summer sessions).
  • Partial Scholarships cover tuition-only costs for the duration of the program (an estimated $2100 for semester programs, and $700 for the winter and summer sessions)
  • Transportation to/from Morocco is the responsibility of awardees.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must write a 600-1,000 word essay answering “What do you hope to achieve through your study of the Arabic language?” Applicants must have completed a minimum of four University semesters in Modern Standard Arabic or equivalent study (at least 240 documented contact hours at a private institution). Applicants must have three written recommendations, including at least one from an Arabic Language Instructor/Professor. Applicants must provide graded transcripts documenting previous Arabic study.


All applications must be postmarked by the specified deadline for each session. Applications sent after the deadline will not be considered.

Spring 2018—Oct. 20, 2017

Summer 2018—Jan. 12, 2018

HOW TO APPLY: send completed application form and all required attachments (photocopy of passport, recommendation letters, essay, and transcripts) via email or post to Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies attn: Ibn Battuta Scholarship

Download the Ibn Battuta Scholarship Application (MS Word Format)

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).

HOW TO APPLY: Complete this form by May 31, 2018.

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


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;

Application deadline: TBD for 2018

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.

Application Deadline: The application for the Summer 2019 CLS Program will open in Fall 2018.

Click here for more information click here

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.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

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.

The 2018 application is currently open and 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

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

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.