The Hope Fund program enables underserved Palestinian youth, many from refugee backgrounds, to benefit from an undergraduate education in the United States. The program provides grants (financial assistance) to promising, academically qualified but financially challenged students from Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem, to assist them in competing more successfully for scholarships to pursue their undergraduate studies in the United States.
This program does not guarantee U.S. college admission or a scholarship. This program provides assistance and support to students who are qualified for and very interested in future study in the United States but would otherwise not be able to afford the high cost of application fees.
Amideast will provide students with the following range of educational services:
- Advising sessions on undergraduate study in the U.S. and the application process
- Support in completing college applications to U.S. colleges and universities
- Payment of college application fees
- If eligible, cover additional supplemental costs like books, supplies, health insurance, travel expenses (i.e., expenses beyond the basics of most university scholarships, such as tuition and room and board)
The Hope Fund seeks applicants who:
- Come from a low-income background. Candidates residing in a refugee camp will be given priority.
- Are rising high school seniors: those who will be enrolled in 12th grade in the academic year 2023/2024.
- Current legal resident in the West Bank, Jerusalem, or Gaza; must be a resident throughout the entire candidacy process to be eligible
- Submit with the application a valid English-language proficiency score report (dated May 2022 or later) with a minimum score of 90 on Internet-based TOEFL (iBT), or 7 on IELTS, or 120 on Duolingo.
- Able to obtain a US student visa
- American citizens and/or U.S. Green Card holders are not eligible.
HOW TO APPLY
Students must complete and submit the application along with all supporting documents, as detailed below. To download the application, click HERE. Applications must be submitted by hand to an Amideast office in the West Bank or Gaza by August 27, 2023.
The following documents should be attached to your application:
- 10th grade Grades/Report Card with a minimum grade average of 90%.
- 11th grade Grades/Report Card with a minimum grade average of 90%.
TOEFL iBT score report (minimum score 90), or IELTS score report (minimum score 7), or Duolingo score report (minimum score 120). The test must be valid (test date May 2022 or later).
SAT score report (if available)
- Supporting financial documents/proof of income. Please include the ones that apply to you:
- Salary slips
- Bank Statements
- Letter from employer
- Proof of any financial assistance or scholarship from school/, if you receive any.
- Proof of any other financial support that you receive
- Explanation letter of any special circumstances regarding the financial situation of the family, signed by the student and parent(s).
- Copy of the data/photo pages of your passport (If available)
- Copy of your birth certificate or ID
- Completed, signed application form
- If you/your family are registered refugees, include a copy of your UNRWA Card
For additional information, please contact our offices in Ramallah or Gaza City:
Ramallah: 02-240-8023 ext. 300
Gaza: 08-282-4635 ext. 102