The Hope Fund

Program Summary

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The Hope Fund provides talented Palestinian youth who possess leadership potential with an opportunity to pursue an undergraduate degree in the United States. It targets Palestinian refugees living below the poverty line throughout the Middle East, but especially in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, where the needs are most urgent.

To date, the Hope Fund has enabled more than 125 bright young men and women to receive scholarships covering their undergraduate studies in the United States.

Main Goals

  • Expand educational opportunity for youth of Palestinian background living in Lebanon, Jordan, or the West Bank and Gaza, particularly those living in refugee camps
  • Encourage youth with leadership potential and desire to give back to their communities

How to Apply

The Hope Fund is for undergraduate studies only. It is highly selective and open only to Palestinian students with demonstrated financial need. Students must have high grades and strong test scores in order to qualify for a scholarship, as all scholarships are awarded by colleges and universities, not the Hope Fund. To learn how to apply, please contact AMIDEAST using the email address that corresponds to where you reside or is the closest to it: 

Support the Hope Fund


The Hope Fund is the result of the generosity and commitment of the late Dr. Fahim Qubain and his wife Nancy. In 2000, they established the Hope Fund to enable talented underserved Palestinian youth — many from refugee backgrounds — to benefit from an undergraduate education that would realize their academic and leadership potential. From the beginning, AMIDEAST served as its key in-region partner, assisting with the selection of students and in their preparation to apply for scholarships. In 2015, we assumed full ownership and management of the Hope Fund. Our services include:

  • Identifying candidates with the academic potential to succeed in a college environment
  • Providing academic advising, test preparation, essay writing guidance, and other assistance throughout the application process
  • Covering educational costs—above and beyond what universities and families are able to commit—for items such as tuition, books, health insurance, and transportation
  • Working 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 Hope Fund and its mission:  


  • American University in Cairo
  • Amherst College
  • Augsburg College
  • Augustana College
  • Bard College
  • Barnard College
  • Bridgewater College
  • Brigham Young University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Carleton College
  • Carthage College
  • College of Wooster
  • Columbia College
  • Columbia College for Women
  • Connecticut College
  • Drexel University
  • Earlham College
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Georgetown University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Grand View University
  • Guilford College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Haverford College
  • Hollins University
  • Illinois College
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kenyon College
  • Manhattanville College
  • MIT
  • Millsaps College
  • Monmouth College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Northwestern University
  • NYU-Abu Dhabi
  • Pomona College
  • Pratt Institute
  • Randolph College
  • Roanoke College
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Smith College
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stanford UniversitySwarthmore College
  • SUNY-Binghampton
  • Union College
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Toledo
  • Washington & Jefferson
  • Washington & Lee University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College
  • Wilson College


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