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Dear Friend,

In this issue, we report great news:  A record 15 Hope Fund scholars graduated in academic year 2015–16 from leading U.S. colleges and universities.  Each of these young people deserves their own article.  From underserved communities and often enduring occupation, discrimination, and repeated traumas, they overcame all of these challenges to earn degrees in the United States, while studying in a non-native language and foreign culture. 

To them, all praise and credit.  AMIDEAST is humbled and honored to have played a role in assisting them—some as early as when they were in middle school—to begin realizing their great potential.  Many of the 15 have received graduate fellowships that will permit them to earn advanced degrees in their fields of specialization.  Others are taking advantage of a provision of their visas that allows them to work for a year in the United States in an area related to their field of study. All eventually want to make a difference in their own societies and to help the Palestinian people achieve their just rights.  

Those of you who donated to the Hope Fund or to related causes deserve our thanks and gratitude for helping to make it possible for AMIDEAST to help them.  Together we can continue to do great things to ensure that the Palestinians remain known for their passion for education and excellence.  Please visit our website to see how you can contribute to the Hope Fund to ensure the sustainability of this life-changing program.

Theodore H. Kattouf
President & CEO

 
Meet the Hope Fund Class of 2016
  • Mohamed Abo Sakr, University of Pennsylvania
  • Mohammad Abudayyeh, Washington & Lee University
  • Mahmoud Abu Eid, Gustavis Adolphus College
  • Ibrahim AbuNada, Bridgewater College
  • Hadil Ayoub, Barnard College
  • Shorouk Badir, Bryn Mawr College
  • Mahmoud El Hazzouri, Roanoke College
  • Yousef Al Hessi, Swarthmore College
  • Shurouq Hijazi, University of Rochester
  • Kamal Kaddoura, Bridgewater College
  • Tala AlRaheb, St. Olaf College
  • Iyyad Rayyan, Grandview University
  • Mohammad Sarhan, College of Wooster
  • Ghada Tafesh, Wilson College
  • Nisreen Zaqout, Illinois College
Check out their stories by clicking this link.
 
"Thanks to the Hope Fund, I am an accomplished person with many goals that I am eager to pursue. I learned that the sky is the limit." 
 
Ghada Tafesh
Wilson College
"I honestly cannot conceptualize how my life would be without the opportunity the Hope Fund has given me."

 
Mohamed Abo Sakr
U. of Pennsylvania
"I’m a passionate advocate for educational reforms... I hope, one day, I’ll be able to make a change back home."

 
Shurouq Hijazi
U. of Rochester
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