Ameen Rihani Organization
"The real contribution of Rihani consists in having given us, in both Arabic and English, what may be considered the most vivid and interesting account of common-day life as it is lived at present in the hitherto little known Arabia."
Philip K. Hitti, 1931
N.Y. Herald Tribune
.: Rihani Scholarship

The Ameen Rihani Scholarship (ARS), funded by a grant from the Ameen Rihani Organization, was established in 2002 to provide Lebanese Americans and other Arab Americans with an opportunity to complete a college education, particularly those intending to study literature, philosophy, or political science. The goal of ARS was to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding students to reach their fullest potential. The Ameen Rihani Organization established this initiative to encourage and support Lebanese American and other Arab American students in attending undergraduate institutions of their choice and be prepared to assume important roles as leaders in their professions and in their communities. This scholarship was awarded to 13 freshmen students entering college during the academic years from 2003 through 2014.



2014 Marked the Last Year

During the summer of 2014, the Rihani Scholarship Committee met with representatives from the Ameen Rihani Organization and jointly decided to conclude the current Ameen Rihani Scholarship program. This decision was reached after extensive dialogue and deliberation, and due to budgetary reasons. The Scholarship Committee and the Ameen Rihani Organization are delighted and honored to have recognized 13 outstanding students during the previous 12 years who are believed to become distinguished leaders in their communities and their professions in the years to come.



Rihani Scholarship Recipients

2014: Sarah Mokh, Lebanese-American of Dearborn, Michigan - entering Harvard College

2013: Abrar Omeish, Lybian-American of Fairfax, Virginia - entering Yale University

2012: Margaret Ann Azzi, Lebanese-American of Louisville, Ohio - entering Tufts University

2011: Simone Gannage, Lebanese-American of Los Altos Hills, California - entering Georgetown University

2010: Joe Feghali, Lebanese-American of Bakersfield, California - entering Harvard College

2009: Deena Tumeh, Syrian/Lebanese-American of Atlanta, Georgia - entering Yale University

2008: Sofia Yassine, Lebanese-American of Rohnert Park, California - entering California State University, Long Beach

2007: Mukhtar Voss, Moroccan-American of Columbus, Georgia - entering Emory University

2006: Lara Christine Tumeh, Syrian/Lebanese-American of Atlanta, Georgia - entering Yale University

2005: Kyle Haddad-Fonda, Syrian-American of Bellevue, Washington - entering Harvard College

2004: Dina Amin, Iraqi-American of Encinitas, California - entering University of California, Berkeley

2003: Hani Nakhoul, Lebanese-American of Metairie, Louisiana - entering Harvard College
           Nicolas El-Hage, Lebanese-American of Cortland, New York - entering Columbia University


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