New scholarship at AUB to benefit Syrian Orthodox students

Press release
Published December 26th, 2010 - 04:09 GMT
American University of Beirut
American University of Beirut

His Holiness Moran Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, recently established an endowed scholarship for Syrian Orthodox students studying at the American University of Beirut.

All Syrian Orthodox students applying to AUB from across the Middle East are eligible for the scholarship, which will be effective starting with the 2011-12 academic year. The scholarship bears no restrictions on subject of study as long as the students demonstrate financial need and good academic standing. All eligible students applying for financial aid will automatically qualify for the scholarship; no separate application is necessary.

The fund was established following a visit to the AUB Office of Development by His Excellency Archbishop Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of Aleppo. The close relationship that developed resulted in the Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Scholarship, founded on the eve of the thirtieth anniversary of His Holiness's Patriarchal endowment. The agreement was reached during a meeting with Director of AUB's Office of Development Operations Soha Hmaidan and His Holiness Patriarch Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas in the Syrian Orthodox Church's Lebanon headquarters in Atshana on August 3, 2010.

Soha Hmaidan explained that the endowed scholarship is expected to generate close to $5,000 annually in financial aid money. "This association of the Patriarch's name with AUB demonstrates the trust vested in AUB as an institution that educates leaders across the region," said Hmaidan.

The scholarship will be added to the already existing Hanna Choulji scholarship for Syrian Orthodox students from Aleppo at AUB. 

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American University of Beirut

Founded in 1866, the American University of Beirut is a teaching-centered research university based on the American liberal arts model of higher education. AUB has over 9,000 students and over 1,200 instructional faculty members. The University encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to graduate men and women committed to creative and critical thinking, lifelong learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.

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