In Partnership with USAID, AUC Provides Scholarships to Egyptian Public School Students, Manages Scholarships Program in Six Egyptian Universities

In partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), The American University in Cairo (AUC) is offering scholarships to Egyptian public school students through the USAID Scholars Activity program.

The USAID Scholars Activity program, implemented and managed by AUC, will provide scholarships to approximately 140 students in the academic year 2020 - 2021 to study not only at AUC, but also at a number of partner Egyptian public and private universities. AUC’s partner universities in the program are: Ain Shams University, Alexandria University, Cairo University, Assiut University, Mansoura University and Zewail City of Science and Technology.

“The USAID Scholars specifically aims to support the economic, social, and environmental developmental plans in Egypt by giving special focus to certain academic fields. The majors offered by the program for the next academic year are agriculture, energy, water, nursing, computer science, environmental engineering, journalism, data science, business and economics,” said Amal Mowafy, chief of party of USAID Scholars at AUC.

“The program targets students from Egypt’s 27 governorates, identified by high academic excellence, leadership potential, and financial need,” said Ihab Abdallah, deputy chief of party of USAID Scholars at AUC. Abdallah added that this $36 million USAID Scholars program will contribute to elevating generations of 700 talented Egyptian youth who possess the knowledge and leadership potential Egypt needs to ensure the goals of social justice, environmental development, and economic growth are met.

The USAID Scholars activity will cover five consecutive cohorts, and the selection process has a commitment to gender balance – the inclusion of at least 50% female scholars – and overall accessibility – the inclusion of at least 10%-15% students with disabilities – to contribute to the diversity and growth of our collective future.

Besides the rigorous higher education, students will have access to English language training, entrepreneurship training, career counseling, a semester/summer abroad in the U.S., job placement services, and holistic character development to harvest future scholars as change agents and transformative leaders in Egypt.

In tune with AUC’s Centennial Strategic Plan pillar of “Quality of Education,” the activity contributes to fostering “academic excellence and a culture of continuous improvement through innovative pedagogies and research that cultivate lifelong learning, personal fulfillment, and adaptability for the future requirements of local and international job markets.”

This collaboration between USAID and AUC will contribute to Egypt's 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) by instilling the pillars of knowledge, innovation and scientific research, economic development, and environmental responsibility in the core infrastructure of the activity.

For more information on the USAID Scholars activity, please check this link.


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Founded in 1919, The American University in Cairo (AUC) is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and center of the intellectual, social, and cultural life of the Arab world. It is a vital bridge between East and West, linking Egypt and the region to the world through scholarly research, partnerships with academic and research institutions and study abroad programs. 

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