Diana Kamal Scholarship Search Fund (DKSSF)

 Program Summary

The Diana Kamal Scholarship Search Fund (DKSSF) makes the dream of study in the United States possible for highly qualified Arab students from underserved populations in the Middle East and North Africa. Through this initiative, AMIDEAST identifies students of exceptional accomplishment and promise who wish to pursue undergraduate study at an American college or university, but cannot afford to do so. Generous donations to the DKSSF enable AMIDEAST to provide the services that assist several candidates each year to apply and qualify for four-year scholarships to select U.S. institutions of higher learning.

To date, the DKSSF has matched more than 90 deserving young men and women from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen with scholarships at colleges and universities across the United States.

The DKSSF was established in 2006 in memory of AMIDEAST Senior Vice President Diana Kamal, a recognized leader in the field of international educational exchange and an individual with a lifelong commitment to improving understanding between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa.

Main Goals

  • Provide academic opportunities to outstanding Arab youth
  • Enrich U.S. college campuses: DKSSF scholars bring experiences and insights, enhancing college communities and contributing to the intellectual dialogue at host institutions
  • Further AMIDEAST’s mission of strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the region

How to Apply

The DKSSF is currently offered in nine countries: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. To learn how to apply, select your country using the dropdown menu at the bottom of the page.

Syrian and Libyan applicants: please email DKSSF@amideast.org for more information and to learn how to apply.

Until May 2015, the DKSSF was also offered for students from the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian students should instead apply via the Hope Fund, a similar scholarship program for Palestinian students.

Support the DKSSF


  • Administer an extensive region-wide search through AMIDEAST country offices, EducationUSA centers, and other networks to identify applicants of exceptional accomplishment and promise
  • Provide a full range of services, including academic advising English-language enrichment, testing services, and travel expenses, for up to two years to assist scholars through the lengthy, and often complicated, testing and application process
  • Work directly with U.S. institutions of higher education, students, and families to match scholars to select American colleges or universities willing to provide scholarship resources to fund candidates’ completion of four-year undergraduate degree programs in the United States

Participating Institutions

More than 50 U.S. colleges and universities have generously supported the DKSSF and its mission of expanding educational opportunity for bright, underserved Arab youth:


  • Adelphi University
  • American University
  • Babson College
  • Bard College
  • Barnard College
  • Bates College
  • Berea College
  • Boston University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Carthage College
  • Central Washington University
  • Colgate University
  • Columbia University
  • Concordia College
  • Dartmouth University
  • Dickinson College
  • Duke University
  • Earlham College
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Grinnell College
  • Harvard University
  • Haverford College
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Lycoming College
  • MIT
  • Monmouth College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Northwestern University
  • NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Parsons-New School of Design
  • Purdue University
  • Smith College
  • St. Lawrence University
  • St. Olaf College
  • Swarthmore College
  • Troy University
  • University of Denver
  • University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Villanova University
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College
  • Wilson College
  • Yale University
  • Yale-National University of Singapore



Please select a country for more information on how to apply.