AMIDEAST now takes on the added task of applying on behalf of qualified students for admission and scholarships and meeting their remaining financial needs. The Hope Fund Program, in fact, uses the same formula as the Diana Kamal Scholarship Search Fund (DKSSF), an AMIDEAST initiative established in 2007 to open doors to undergraduate education for deserving Arab youth. Like the Hope Fund Program, the DKSSF succeeds by matching youth with scholarships offered by U.S. institutions.
This change follows the Hope Fund’s recent decision to dissolve, with its essential functions transferred to AMIDEAST. In addition to assuming the Hope Fund’s operations going forward, AMIDEAST takes on responsibility for 45 Palestinian youths currently in their undergraduate programs and five new students awarded scholarships for studies beginning in fall 2015.
“The Hope Fund would not have happened without Dr. Fahim Qubain’s vision, will, and selfless service. In the days and years ahead, those of us involved with the Hope Fund Program will always hear his voice urging us to do even more and to do it better,” AMIDEAST President and CEO Theodore H. Kattouf said of the legacy of Dr. Qubain, who founded the Hope Fund with his wife Nancy. “We take on this responsibility fully committed to continuing his legacy and realizing his dream.”
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Nearly 100 Palestinian students have received scholarships for study in the United States through the Hope Fund Program. To date, 44 have received their undergraduate degrees. Some of our distinguished alumni include: