Arab American Scholarships

ADC frequently gets requests from students and parents regarding scholarship funds earmarked for Arab Americans (or Arab students in the U.S.). We have discovered that there are only a few scholarship programs which could be identified.

This list summarizes all the scholarship information which ADC has gathered. We do not have any additional information. Applicants must demonstrate both financial need and academic achievement. Often scholarships are designated for students whose families are affiliated with specific organizations or communities. If you know of any additional scholarship programs, please notify Marvin Wingfield at (202) 244-2990.

Arab American Medical Association
1025 East Maple
Suite 210
Birmingham, MI 48009
(810) 646-3661
Offers 2-3 scholarships of up to $1000 each year to students in medical, osteopathic or dental school. The deadline for applications is July 1.

Arab American Institute
Al Muamman Scholarship$5000
For Arab Americans majoring studying print or broadcast journalism

Arab Student Aid International (ASAI)
asai2000Assistance to Arab graduate students. Recipients are required to return to the Arab world to work after graduation.

PO Box 10
Fanwood, NJ 07023
Phone: (908) 654-5511
Fax: (908) 654-3940
ASAI programs support undergraduate and graduate students from the Arab world, studying in 14 countries. They include interest-free loans, grants to teachers and doctors in the West Bank and Gaza, and matching funds with the British Council in the U.K. for special medical programs in the West Bank and Gaza. ASAI also offers university placement, counseling, supervision and employment services. Students must plan to work and live in the Arab world upon graduation. Over 100 scholarships are awarded each year. The deadline for applications is May 1. Final decisions are sent out in early August.


Resources for scholarship searches for international students and many others

Bint Jebail Cultural Center
6220 Miller Rd.
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 584-0011
Offers 15 scholarships of $500, mostly to students in Michigan, although others could be considered. Good personal conduct is also a criterion for eligibility. The deadline is April.

Chaldean Federation of America
18740 W. 10 Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075
(248) 557-2362
Offers scholarships to 10 students of Chaldean heritage. Funds are from business donations. The amount of the scholarships varies from year to year.


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Greater Detroit Interfaith Roundtable
Christine Reed, Coordinator
150 West Boston Blvd.
PO Box 2249
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 869-6306
An annual essay contest sponsored by American Arabic and Jewish Friends. Arab American and Jewish high school juniors and seniors in the Detroit area are paired up to write essays. The topic this year is How can the Arab and Jewish communities of Detroit work together for a better community? The deadline for applications is January 22. Essays are due in April.

Hariri Foundation
1020 19th St. NW, #320
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 659-9200
Fax: (202) 659-9228
www.Hariri Foundation The Foundation currently supports 30-35 students who are Lebanese citizens doing graduate work at Boston University. Scholarships cover tuition and fees only. Participants must return home to Lebanon to work after completion of their education. No immigrant students; no dual citizens. In future years, some scholarships may be designated for other specific universities.

Ibda’a Media Student Awards 2004
An Initiative of Dubai Media City
The Ibda’a Awards is an awards program for aspiring media students in the Middle East region, providing exposure and career opportunities for young media talent.

This year, due to unprecedented international interest in 2003, The Organizers have opened eligibility up to media students in Europe, the U.S, Australia, and the Far East, in addition to The established talent pools of the GCC, India, South Africa, Iran, and Egypt.

The Awards program is open exclusively to undergraduates who are full time students and to students graduating in the summer term of 2004. International finalists will be flown to Dubai for 5 days in November to attend a glittering Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, where winners will be awarded with internship prizes and recognized at an exhibition of their works held at Dubai Media City. The even will be attended by key media professionals, press and the public.

*2004 Award Categories include:

Animation, Analogue Photography, Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Radio, Journalism, TV Advertising, Print Advertising, Film, and TV Documentary

Deadline: October 15, 2004

For information on how to enter the contest, see the website:

Eyad Zahra
2004 Ibda’a Awards USA Representative

Institute of International Education

250 grant programs for American students and for international students to study in the U.S.

Lebanese American Heritage Club
6941 Schaefer Rd.
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 846-8480
Offers about 25 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. Application information is available in February. The deadline is in April and the awards are announced in May.

Muslim Students Association

Nicholas G Beram Veterans Association
Thomas Barbar
5 Blueview Rd.
West Roxbury, MA 02132
(617) 325-6603
Offers 11 scholarships of $1000. Awarded to undergraduates whose families are members of the Association. The deadline for applications is June; scholarships are awarded in November.

Polytechnic University
6 Metrotech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 260-3100
Offers 7 S. M. Jabara scholarships of $7-10,000 for Americans of Arab descent, sponsored by the Jacobs Family Foundation. Request consideration for these scholarships when you send in your application. Decisions are made in January or February as applications come in.

Student Awards

For scholarships to study in the U.S. and Canada

University of Minnesota International Center
Database of programs and scholarships

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Wayne State University
Office of Scholarships and Financial Services
Helen Newberry Joy Student Services Center, Rm. 3 West
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-3378
Scholarships for Arab Americans attending Wayne State as undergraduates. As many as 18 scholarships totalling $14,000 are offered annually.

Yemeni American Benevolent Association
2121 Salina
Dearborn, MI 48120
(313) 841-3333
The availability of scholarships varies from year to year. Recently the Association granted scholarships of $1000 each to 11 Yemeni American high school seniors.

Yemeni American Association
2770 Salina St.
Dearborn, MI 48120
(313) 842-8402
Approximately 10 one-time scholarships of $1000 for high school seniors of Yemeni heritage.

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