Scholarships a 'Starting Point' for Incoming Students


“I want my career to be filled with achievements, and I have faith that AUC will be my starting point,” said Ismail Raafat, a freshman at AUC. 

Rafaat is a Public School Scholarship Fund student and one of 80 students accepted on scholarships this fall. This semester, 14 different scholarships were offered, 70% of which are applicable to graduates of thanawiya amma

“I got accepted at other universities in Egypt, but AUC was my priority, as it provides the best education with the liberal arts [component] that none of the other universities would provide," said Raafat. 

There are around 118 named scholarships for undergraduate students supported by individuals or corporations at AUC, and during the last school year, more than 600 students received full and partial scholarships and over 1,600 received financial aid.

The University introduced one new scholarship and two new fellowships, each of them accommodating different needs of incoming students. First, the Azmy Scholarship, which is being offered this semester, will support undergraduate Egyptian students from Upper Egypt who demonstrate academic merit and financial need. To support Egyptian diplomats who wish to pursue a graduate diploma at AUC’s School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, the Boutros Boutros-Ghali Endowed Fund for Global Affairs and Preventive Diplomacy is for graduate students and will support two new diplomats every year. Lastly, the Dinny Adams Fellowship in Egyptology will cover tuition fees, housing and a stipend for one graduate student majoring in Egyptology.

Rafaat, who plans to study electronics and communications engineering, said he looks forward to enjoying his time at AUC and while he hasn’t been able to go to campus regularly, he is still thankful for the opportunity to be able to call himself an AUCian. 

“I haven’t had any favorite AUC moments yet because my classes have been online, but the moment I got my AUC ID was a very special one.”