Scholarships for Egyptian Students

The American University in Cairo (AUC) offers scholarships based on merit and need. AUC offers different scholarships to qualified candidates with strong academic achievement and who demonstrate high financial needs.

Below are the different types of scholarships offered at AUC for Egyptian students.

AUC-Funded Scholarships

Selection is based on financial need and academic merit.

The below scholarships are offered to students with strong academic qualifications who demonstrate high financial need.

1. Egyptian Public School Scholarships 

AUC along with other individuals and corporations launched the Public School Scholarship Fund (PSSF) to expand opportunities to Egyptian students who are graduates of public schools in Egypt. The selection is based on high academic achievement and financial need.

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2Empower Scholarship 

AUC provides five full and/or partial annual scholarships to Thanaweya  Amma graduates from five governorates in Upper Egypt: Assiut, Beni Suef, Minya, Sohag, and Fayoum. The Empower scholarship aims to provide the best public and private national school students with an opportunity to pursue their academic careers at AUC. Selected students benefit from AUC’s liberal arts education, diverse majors and extensive student-life services.

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3. Green Environment Scholarship

This is a partial scholarship awarded every semester for continuing students that will fund the cost of three credit hours of instruction in a degree program at AUC. Students must demonstrate financial need, have had clean conduct and academic integrity record for the previous semester, have a minimum GPA of 2.0, be registered as a full-time student, and demonstrate a positive contribution to the AUC Tobacco-Free initiative. 

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4. The AUC Liberal Arts Undergraduate Scholarship

Building upon AUC’s commitment to internationalization and to offer exceptional liberal arts education in a cross-cultural environment and promoting liberal arts education in Egypt, The AUC liberal arts undergraduate scholarship will offer exceptional partial and full undergraduate scholarships to students from Egypt, the region, and the United States to study humanities and social sciences. 

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5. The Cultural Scholarship

This is an annual scholarship provided to a select number of students with distinguished achievements in any cultural activity. Students awarded this scholarship receive a partial reduction in their tuition for a maximum of 15 credit hours per semester. 

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6. The Student Union (SU) Scholarship

This is a partial scholarship that is awarded every fall and spring semester for continuing students.

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7. Athletic Scholarship

This is an annual award provided to a select number of students who participate in sports that are listed in the Egyptian Championship Tournament and Olympic games, with a high level of distinction in their final secondary school year. Students who are awarded this scholarship and may receive a reduction in their tuition for a maximum of 15 credit hours per semester, the percentage / Value of this reduction is calculated and decided according to AUC policy and the evaluation of each student individually.

Maintaining the sports scholarship per academic year depends on the scholarship’s holder’s performance and improvement in his/her Athletics activities and results during each year.

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Named Scholarships

Selection is based on both financial need and academic merit.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, AUC offers named scholarship opportunities supported by individuals and corporations. These remarkable awards from donors have allowed AUC to recruit and educate outstanding and eligible students who come from different cities and educational backgrounds. The selection of named scholarships is based on the donor’s criteria.

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Merit-Based Named Scholarships

Selection is based on outstanding academic achievement only.

These scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.


1. Youssef Nabih Endowed Scholarship in Accounting

Established in 2004 to support the graduating senior with the highest grade point average in the accounting department.

Sponsored Scholarships

Selection is based on both financial need and academic merit.

AUC offers sponsored scholarship opportunities granted by different corporations. These remarkable grants have allowed AUC to recruit outstanding and eligible students with diverse backgrounds.

1. Al Alfi Foundation Undergraduate STEM Scholarship

The Al Alfi scholarship program is designed to prepare future Egyptian scientists. The scholarship provides partial tuition to undergraduates students at AUC.

2. George Frederick Jewett Foundation East

This is a grant established to support undergraduate female students from Egyptian public schools.

3. Misr El Kheir STEM Scholarship

The Misr El Kheir (MEK) Foundation is an Egyptian not-for-profit foundation committed to developing Egyptian citizens and communities. The foundation shares the costs of the MEK scholarship program with AUC to provide students who graduated with a STEM certificate with a full-tuition scholarship, in addition to books. In Fall 2014, AUC admitted three MEK-STEM students to complete their undergraduate science degrees at AUC.

Note: The MEK scholarship is currently not accepting new applications.

4. OC-AUC Scholarship 

OC-AUC offers undergraduate students up to five-year scholarships to public high school graduates from eight governorates in Upper Egypt: Assiut, Aswan, Bani Suef, Fayoum, Luxor, Minya, Qena, and Sohag to start in the academic year 2022-2023. 

OC-AUC students will be required to study one of the following majors: economics, mathematics with an option in statistics and data analysis or actuarial science at AUC.

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5. Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The Tomorrow's Leaders Undergraduate Scholarship Program is funded through the US Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs for qualified and highly motivated high school seniors in the Middle East and North Africa who come from diverse backgrounds. The program provides four-year university scholarships and internship opportunities at select institutions of higher learning in the Middle East to students who have the potential to become leaders.

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6. Tomorrow's Leaders Gender Scholars (TLS)

The Tomorrow's Leaders Gender Scholars (TLS) Program is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA/AC) and AUC. TLS provides multiple opportunities for AUC undergraduate students to become gender-sensitive, civic-minded citizens and to acquire leadership skills to advocate for policy reform towards enhanced women’s empowerment, increased access to economic opportunities, and the ability to play a greater role in maintaining and building peace.

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7. USAID Scholars

The USAID Scholars Activity, implemented by The American University in Cairo, offers a number of opportunities for four or five years of university scholarships (which may be preceded by a preliminary year) depending on the specialization/major of study. 

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8. USAID Egypt IIE - LSP Scholarship Program

The Local Scholarship Program (LSP) is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the support of the American people. The program is part of the US - Egypt Higher Education Initiative (HEI). The US - Egypt Higher Education Initiative is an investment in Egypt’s future that provides educational opportunities for high-achieving Egyptians to learn skills that will better meet the needs of the 21st-century economy. The program is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), in partnership with a consortium of Egyptian partner universities and organizations.

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9. USAID-AUC Merit Award

USAID-AUC Merit Award is a partial scholarship funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the support of the American people. The program provides an excellent opportunity for Egyptian Public Schools students from different Egyptian governorates, who possess outstanding academic qualifications, demonstrate high financial need,  to pursue a premier education at AUC to develop a cadre of youth who have the potential to be leaders.

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10. Sawiris Undergraduate Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Sawiris Foundation for Social Development and the American University of Cairo initiated the Sawiris Undergraduate Scholarship for Students with Disabilities to expand opportunities to academically outstanding students with disabilities by admitting them to the AUC in order to create a nationwide network of youth who are well-educated and passionate about their country’s development.

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