The Scholarship Fund aspires to give stars a chance to shine – a chance they would not otherwise have. We identify the highest-potential students in our refugee education institutions in Lebanon and provide them with the opportunity to pursue secondary & higher education at internationally-recognised English-speaking schools, colleges, and universities.
We are unique in our ability to facilitate this opportunity, because we are able to:
- Hand-pick the best students to sponsor – Our intensive programmes allow us to truly understand the potential of each and every individual.
- Hold a high bar on quality of education – We work closely with a leading global consulting firm, use challenging education curriculum & assessments, and rely on volunteers who themselves come from some of the best universities & companies from around the world.
- Place students in the right schools – With our investment in cultivating the right partnerships with experienced & committed schools we are able to find a suitable fit for our students.
The students we sponsor seek not just the chance to pursue higher education, but also the chance to be Alsama Ambassadors – shaping their futures to improve lives & livelihoods in their communities. The Alsama scholarship students are held to a high bar across several dimensions:
- Clear vision to advance their community.
- Leadership characteristics in line with principles of Alsama.
- Performance in academics.
For the academic year 2021-22, we sponsored our inaugural cohort of two students- both high-performing and high-potential young Syrian refugee women, Aseel and Lujain- at Brummana High School in Lebanon (top 10 in the Middle East). Both Aseel and Lujain have since moved to Deira International School in Dubai, which is an internationally accredited world IB school.
In the future, Aseel wants to become an English teacher for secondary school students.
Before the war my country didn’t concentrate on foreign languages at schools. Yet, speaking English is one of the most powerful tools to connect and progress in the world. I want to help Syrian children to succeed in the modern, global world.Aseel
Lujain dreams to become a gynecologist, inspired by the need for female doctors in her Syrian community.
Most Syrian women choose male doctors because they think men are better doctors than women. But they don’t tell the doctor anything because he is a man. I want women to trust me so that I can truly help them. Many Syrian women have a lot of gynecological problems because they marry so young and have lots of children. I want to change women’s healthcare and behaviours in our community.Lujain
Read more about their experience of completing a term at one of the top ten schools in the Middle East here.
Joining team with our inaugural cohort for the second year of Excellence Fund are Hadeel and Shahed. Hadeel has followed in the footsteps of Aseel and Lujein, and is now studying at Brummana High School in Lebanon. Shahed is at another high-quality IB school in Lebanon: Greenfield College.
Their dreams are big, inspired by the situation of their community they observe around them. Shahed has plans to become a business woman as she feels that refugees are people who have survived and can thrive if given the right opportunities.
I decided to become a business woman, because I noticed from my experience that you can help a refugee with simple things. My future goal is to have small businesses to help refugees get jobs. It is my duty to help refugees because I am one of them.Shahed
Hadeel on the other hand feels that good teeth are crucial for a good life and dreams to become a dentist.
I wish to educate refugees how to look after their teeth. Because if you have good teeth, however poor you are, people trust you much more. My motto is: Good teeth will help bridge the gap between the refugee community and other inhabitants. I want to help refugees literally put their best face forward.Hadeel
Alsama believes that both of them will be able to derive optimum benefit from the opportunities offered at BHS.
Hadeel is a highly engaged student. At such a young age, she already has a purpose/goal to be a dentist. Shahed too is a determined student and a natural leader, which are two key assets in the business world which she aspires to enter. They are team players, both in the classroom and on the cricket pitch, and are clearly committed to serving their community.Director, Alsama
We team up with admired secondary schools in Lebanon and abroad. These institutions:
- Share our aspirations.
- Have experience educating a diverse student body.
- Provide accommodations for students.
- Contribute financially to the tuition of our students at their schools.
Currently we partner with Brummana High School in Lebanon. A school with the motto “I serve” and Quaker values (including justice, respect, and sustainability), BHS offers a comprehensive preparation for the adult world through close links with the UK for its students from 50 nationalities. We also have students at Greenfield College in Lebanon and Deira International School in Dubai. We have been grateful for the support of Al Futtaim Education Foundation in placing a student in Dubai.
The Alsama Excellence Fund Committee is responsible for the selection of our student cohort. The Committee members represent leaders who
- Are passionate about our aspirations
- Bring a diverse range of expertise and networks
- Have helped stand up the Fund for its first year
We aim to evolve this Committee to include representatives from the fields of academics, entrepreneurship, corporate enterprise, and refugee empowerment. Our incumbent panel of members include-
- Lies Lauwers, Consultant, UNESCO
- Mark Jeynes, Director, Inspiring Futures Education
- Marianne Moukhtara, Associate Director, McKinsey & Comapany
- Nele Dewispelaere, Philanthropist, Belgian Diplomatic Mission Lebanon
- Youmna Makhlouf, Lawyer and researcher, Hatem Law Firm
- David Thomas OBE, Senior Policy Advisor to the UK Department of Education
We are currently building our network of partner schools & universities, so that we can support advanced education for these exceptional students in the coming years. We also continue to develop our innovative curriculum – condensing 12 years of education into just 6 years – and our currently making strong progress on our G12++ qualification. Designed to serve displaced students outside of formal education, the G12++ will provide a tangible result to Alsama’s curriculum and allow top Alsama graduates to enter into University. We are currently in discussion with major Universities and Exam Boards internationally to achieve recognition and accreditation. Watch this space!