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University Scholarships for Students in Palestine

by Middle East Children's Alliance
University Scholarships for Students in Palestine
University Scholarships for Students in Palestine
University Scholarships for Students in Palestine
University Scholarships for Students in Palestine
University Scholarships for Students in Palestine
University Scholarships for Students in Palestine

We wanted you to hear directly from some of the students so here are a few messages of thanks:

"I'm speechless. Thank you. I have registered for all the courses I need (to graduate). I will never forget your support. I will work hard until I could be able to help other students as you have helped me." -Arwa, studying English at Hebron University

"I am a resident cardiologist. I studied medicine in Gaza. By 2010 I was in the third year and financial barriers told me that was the end and I won't be able to beomce a doctor. MECA's scholarship was my hero. For three consecutive years you helped me and my dream came true with this help. I am now a doctor and helping people. I am now looking towards a higher degree in cardiology and always thanking who you aided my first steps in my way." - Mohammad, graduate from Al-Azhar University in Gaza

"Thank you for your support me during my studies. Now I graduated with a degree in Computer Systems Engineering with honors." - Karmel, graduate from Palestine Polytechnic University

These are just a few of the lives you have changed by supporting the scholarship project. All of MECA's staff join these students in thanking you for your support.

Thanks to your support and donations from other scholarship donors, MECA was able to provide 100 full and partial scholarships to students studying at nine different Palestinian universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Areen, a freshman at Bethlehem Unviersity studying English, writes: "Everyone is born with a dream, and my dream since I was a child to be someone who is active in improving and strengthening my community. English is a global language and will open the door to many routes in the future." 

These 100 students are studying to be nurses, accountants, teachers, pharmacists, lawyers, and more!

Thank you for supporting these bright young students to continue their education!

Omar is on his way to becoming a doctor!
Omar is on his way to becoming a doctor!

Omar is one of many remarkable students that your donations to the scholarship project supportsd. He has overcome many challenges to continue his education and we look forward to seeing what he accomplishes in the future!

Omar is a medical student with a passion for learning. His family's house in Rafah, Gaza was demolished in the recent Israeli aggression on Gaza in 2014 and they had to rent a small house. He explains: "One of the things that negatively impacted my university studies is that I live in a crowded house. I do not have a private room, this causes a nice brawl between me and my brothers about turning on and off the room light especially that I need to study for a long time at night."

During his second year at the university, Omar was diagnosed with cancer. "It was the hardest situation when I knew that I had cancer. Really it was a shock to me and my family. I stopped my studies, which I love, and traveled for treatment because there is no cure for cancer in the Gaza Strip."

After one year of treatment in different hospitals, Omar recovered partially and returned to Gaza to study then applied for MECA scholarship and he was accepted.

"Being a doctor was my childhood dream. I decided to struggle to achieve my dream and fight the disease scientifically. I work hard in hopes of going far in my medical career and getting an opportunity to apply for medical researches in high quality hospitals. I am particularly interested in cardiovascular medicine and hope to do postgraduate studies in this field."

Omar continues, "MECA scholarship supported me at the right time when I was suffering from cancer. This grant lowered the psychological and financial burden on my family; especially that the fees of the medicine faculty is the highest, the transportation from Rafah to Gaza where I study is expensive and tiring, and the books need extra expenses. The importance of MECA scholarship is not just that, but this grant has also given me a hope in a bright future and informed me that there are people who feel me and try to help me. So I am very thankful and grateful for MECA supporters and MECA team in Gaza."

Thank you again for your support of this important project!

Salsabil at her university in Gaza
Salsabil at her university in Gaza

Salsabil is one of the 112 students who received a scholarship this year thanks to your support!

There are twelve people in my family and, since my father died ten years ago, we have suffered a lot financially. My mother was looking for every chance for me to pursue my university education. Finally, MECA for gave me this a great chance to get a professional degree and develop skills like leadership and public speaking.

—Salsabil, Pharmacy student, Al-Azhar University, Gaza

We are doing outreach now to get applicants for next year as well as following up with the current scholarship students progress to ensure they are doing well in the university.

With your support, MECA is providing full or partial scholarships to 112 students at 10 Palestinian universities.

These students would not be able to continue their education without a scholarship. They are studying to be the next generation of nurses, special education teachers, pharmacists, journalists, lawyers and everything in between. 

The students, their families, and the universities thank you for your commitment to education!

Here's a few of the notes we received this year:

"My desire to continue my education and my specialty in midwifery and my family's bad financial situation pushed me to apply to you to try to get this scholarship... Because of my father's work situation I can't continue without support. The occupation demolished our house a few years ago which pushed my father to be in debt because he tried to build a new house for us to continue to live. I count on God and you to help me and support me with this scholarship. I hope to graduate from the health professions college as a midwife." - Sana, Bethlehem University

"Thank you very much for your assistance and help to our needy students" - Muna, Hebron University

"We are grateful for your help, your trust, and your commitment to our mission. On behalf of the Birzeit community, thank you wholeheartedly for your kind support." - Laurance, Birzeit University

"Thank you very much for your help which enable me to continue my study." - Noora, An-Najah University


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Middle East Children's Alliance

Location: Berkeley, CA - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @MECAforPeace
Project Leader:
Josie Shields-Stromsness
Berkeley, CA United States
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