Palestinian students face many obstacles in obtaining a university degree. They cross checkpoints en route to lectures, study at home by candle light, and work side jobs to pay their tuition. Our scholarship pays for students' tuition at local universities thereby enabling talented and ambitious high school graduates to obtain degrees and the skills to make important contributions to their communities and their country.
Tens of thousands of students in Palestine graduate from high school each year and dream of continuing their studies to become teachers, engineers, journalists, accountants, doctors and more. These students are smart and determined. They are ready to face the challenges of the Israeli occupation whether checkpoints on their way to lectures or improvising with partially destroyed classrooms. But many of them simply cannot afford to attend the university.
MECA provides scholarships to cover full or partial tuition for students at local universities. Our network of community centers and university financial aid offices nominate students from across the West Bank and Gaza. Students are then selected based on financial need, prior academic achievement, and commitment to giving back to one's community. Priority is given to women, and refugees. We send scholarships directly to the universities to ensure the funds are used for tuition costs only.
We will provide scholarships to 8-10 high school graduates in the West Bank and Gaza to enroll at a local university in the field of study they chose. This will enable them to gain new skills and experiences to give back to their communities. We are so proud of the graduates like Hazem Al Juhoom, who went on to become a nurse at a government hospital in Gaza. Or like Safa Khaled Nassar who is now a kindergarten teacher.