USAID Announces $50 Million for Higher Education in Lebanon

During her visit to Lebanon, Administrator Samantha Power announced additional aid.

By Editorial Staff

As published by USAID:

Today in Beirut, Administrator Samantha Power announced USAID will provide $50 million for Lebanese and refugee students living in the country to attend the American University of Beirut (AUB), LAU and Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU).

Of the $50 million, $15 million will support 140 full undergraduate scholarships to AUB and LAU for financially disadvantaged yet academically meritorious students. The remainder of the funds will provide partial need-based financial aid for about 3,500 students over the next three years to help students who can no longer afford tuition amidst Lebanon’s economic crisis.

Since 2010, USAID has provided more than $156 million in full undergraduate scholarships to more than 1,600 Lebanese and refugee students who might not otherwise be able to attend a university. USAID also works closely with these universities to prepare students with technical and manufacturing skills applicable to emerging sectors, such as solar power.

This new funding reflects USAID’s continued commitment to empowering youth to shape Lebanon’s future.

LAU’s Higher Education Scholarship alumnus Antonio Bakhos welcomed esteemed guests and thanked USAID for their generosity stating, “I am here today to tell you that dreams do come true and that I, Antonio, from Sebeel Public High school achieved my dreams and was able to make my parents proud by being the first person in my family to graduate from the university”. He later introduced fellow AUB Higher Education Scholarship alumnus Buthaina Al Abrash who gave her testimony of success as a refugee in Lebanon who managed to excel both academically and personally.