scholarships – no new intake or applications as of Fall 2020
In line with SDG 4, ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning by 2030, the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation had previously provided over 1000 high-achieving underserved Arab youth with access to relevant and high-quality scholarship opportunities under the Al Ghurair STEM Scholars Program (STEM) and Open Learning Scholars Program (OLS).
By placing significant emphasis on career readiness, the STEM and OLS programs contributed to the realization of SDG 8, to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men by 2030.
Both programs were designed to equip scholars with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to ensure they can secure jobs, support themselves and make a valuable contribution to their communities.
AL GHURAIR STEM SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Since its launch in 2016, the Al Ghurair STEM Scholars Program has provided 648 youth from 17 Arab countries with the opportunity to pursue their undergraduate or graduate studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects at 15 partner universities in the region and beyond. While student enrollment in this program was capped at the end of 2019, scholars continue to complete their academic programs with full support from AGF until their graduation.
Career readiness is a core component of the STEM Scholars program, which provides unique opportunities for scholars to gain and practice practical skills related to their fields. This includes ongoing career advising, mentorship, internships, skills development, community service, as well as networking and leadership opportunities alongside other AGF scholars and alumni from across the region.
AL GHURAIR OPEN LEARNING SCHOLARS PROGRAM
In 2017, AGF launched the Al Ghurair Open Learning Scholars Program (OLSP) to offer scholarships for online Master’s degrees from Arizona State University (ASU) to Arab youth across the region. The program allows scholars to specialize within their industries and builds their professional skillsets through the 38 degree programs selected at ASU.
The program provides scholarship support to 550 scholars from 19 Arab countries, in addition to customized skill-building and professional opportunities. OLSP is no longer awarding new scholarships at ASU as the program focuses greater attention on partnerships and institutional capacity building efforts, but its scholars continue to receive tailored support throughout their educational journey with personal enrollment and success coaches, as well as academic advisors.