14,500 ap­ply for de­gree fund­ing

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A schol­ar­ship fund for Arab youths strug­gling to pay for an ed­u­ca­tion has re­ceived more than 14,500 ap­pli­ca­tions in the five weeks since it was launched. The Ab­dulla Al Ghu­rair Foun­da­tion for Ed­u­ca­tion is de­signed to al­low Arab stu­dents who strug­gle with the cost of ed­u­ca­tion to study sci­ence, engi­neer­ing, tech­nol­ogy and maths at univer­sity level. Maysa Jal­bout, CEO of the Ab­dulla Al Ghu­rair Foun­da­tion, said: “Our pro­grammes were de­signed with ev­ery high-achiev­ing un­der­served Arab youth in mind. “We are thrilled to have al­ready re­ceived such an as­tound­ing num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions to our first year of of­fer­ing schol­ar­ships start­ing in Septem­ber.” The Al Ghu­rair fam­ily has in­vested Dhs4.2 bil­lion into the foun­da­tion and have pledged to reach a min­i­mum of 15,000 promising Arab youth pur­su­ing sci­ence over the next 10 years. In the next phase, the foun­da­tion will re­view all the el­i­gi­ble sub­mit­ted ap­pli­ca­tions and con­duct in­ter­views with short­listed can­di­dates. The first co­hort of Al Ghu­rair STEM Scholars will be an­nounced in early Au­gust 2016. The pupils will study at Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Cairo (AUC), Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Shar­jah (AUS) US, Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Beirut (AUB), and Khal­ifa Univer­sity.

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