“I'm sure that the university is the best part of the life because you can learn and build relations with other students. I will work to be the best in my field and through my success, I can help my community.”
-Mohammed, first year engineering student at Palestine Polytechnic University
MECA's Scholarship Project
In addition to supporting pre-schools, kindergartens, libraries and other educational programs in the West Bank and Gaza, the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) provides financial assistance to young Palestinian university students. Our scholarship funds enable talented and ambitious high school graduates to obtain degrees and the skills to make important contributions to their communities and their country.
Building the Future: 2015-2016 Scholarships for Palestinian Students
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, MECA awarded scholarships to 166 students at 11 universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for the new academic year. This is the tenth consecutive year that MECA has supported students at Palestinian universities. The students hail from Palestinian villages, refugee camps, towns, and cities and their fields of study are as diverse as their dreams for the future.
These scholarships are provided by three special funds established by MECA donors—the Elly Jaensch Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Mary Bisharat Memorial Scholarship from the SacramentoBethlehem Sister City, the Helen Thomas Memorial Scholarship, and the Friends of Deir Ibz'ia Scholarship Fund—plus dozens of other supporters who designate their contributions for MECA’s Ramzy Halaby Education Fund. If you would like to set up a special fund to support a specific area of MECA’s work, please contact Deborah Agre.
In 2013 and 2014, MECA awarded scholarships to 145 students at 10 universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
In 2012, MECA awarded scholarships to 150 students at 10 universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
In 2011, MECA awarded scholarships to 143 students at 11 universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
In 2010, MECA provided full or partial scholarships for 97 Palestinian students studying at 12 universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
In 2009 MECA provided full or partial scholarships for 100 Palestinian students studying at 11 universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. These young people are Palestine's next generation of teachers, dentists, nurses, engineers, translators, and much more. Their scholarships are provided by two funds established by supporters, the Elly Jaensch Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Tree of Life Scholarship Fund. In addition, MECA’s Ramzy Halaby Education Fund provided scholarships for Keyan Daoud and Ahmed Al-Ghrouz, who graduated from US universities in December 2009.
In 2008 MECA provided partial or full scholarships for 73 university students studying at eleven universities in Gaza and the West Bank through the Elly Jaensch Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Tree of Life Scholarship Fund.
As the economic situation in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip deteriorates, MECA hopes to increase our support for university students. Please help us offer more scholarships for the 2016 school year by making a donation to MECA's Scholarship Project.