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.