14,500 apply for degree funding
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.
KEEN: Pupils paying their own way face fees of about Dhs90,000 per year at some universities