Hope Fund Scholarship

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 preparation courses, testing, application fees, etc.  

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

AMIDEAST will provide students with the following range of educational advising, test preparation and testing services

  • Advising sessions on undergraduate study in the U.S. and the application process
  • College Application & Essay Writing Workshop
  • Provide Test Preparation Courses for iBT TOEFL and SAT I, if eligible
  • 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)

Eligibility Requirements

The Hope Fund seeks applicants who:

  • Come from a low-income background. Candidates residing in a refugee camp will be given priority
  • Currently in the 11th grade and have grade average of 90% or better
  • Current legal resident in the West Bank, Jerusalem, or Gaza; must be a resident throughout the entire candidacy process to be eligible
  • Have an advanced level of English language proficiency as evident by an AMIDEAST English language placement test score
  • Able to obtain a US student visa
  • U.S. citizens are not eligible 

HOW TO APPLY

Download the application by clicking here, and then complete and submit the application (by hand) with all supporting documents to AMIDEAST office by the deadline

Deadline is January 15, 2020

The following documents should be attached to your application:

  • 9th grade transcript
  • 10th grade transcript
  • 11th grade mid-year transcript (If Available)
  • AMIDEAST English language placement test score report (Please contact the AMIDEAST office in your area to inquire about available dates to sit for the AMIDEAST English placement test. Cost of the test is 20 NIS. Please attach the score report to the application). 
  • Supporting financial documents/proof of income (Salary slips/Bank Statements/letter from employer)
  • Certificates of Volunteer Work and Community Service completed
  • Copy of the data/photo pages of your passport (If Available)
  • Copy of your birth certificate or your ID card
  • 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

westbank-gaza@amideast.org