Jusoor’s May News

May Announcements

  • Jusoor’s Entrepreneurs in The Guardian: “They are the ones who will rebuild what the war has destroyed.”
  • Meet Jusoor’s 2017 Graduates
  • Jusoor Announces New Partnership to Fully Fund up to Six Syrian Students to Study at the International Christian University in Tokyo through 2021
  • Jusoor’s Multiplier Effect in Action: Syrian Youth Empowerment News

Join us for Jusoor’s Fifth Annual Global Conference


This month, more than a dozen Jusoor scholars crossed the finish line and graduated from their respective universities– and we couldn’t be prouder. On May 13, Omar Alhaj Ibrahim graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. He delivered the commencement speech at his departmental graduation at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Watch his inspirational speech here.


Former Jusoor scholar Majed Abdulsamad also graduated this month from Columbia University with a master’s degree in Urban Planning. As a student, he worked on a project to implement micro-water infrastructure in a Palestinian refugee camp. He hopes to use his new degree one day to help rebuild Syria.  “Entire streets, neighborhoods, cities where I had lived were being demolished,” says Abdulsamad in the story on Columbia’s website. “That touched me, and I felt as if I would be lying to myself if I continued to design small scale. My culture was being demolished, like a tree ripped out by its roots.” Read the entire story here.

Since 2011, we have provided 490 students with a university education in the US, Canada, Europe, and the Arab world through a combination of direct Jusoor scholarships and partnerships with universities and other organizations. Our scholarship recipients took the little they were given and made extraordinary things happen. They have thrived professionally, receiving job offers from top global companies like Apple, Google, Motorola, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and Deloitte.

Mazen al-Hourani, another IIT student, graduated this month with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Management from the School of Applied Technology. He will be joining Adobe in San Jose this summer as a software engineer. Mazen offers this advice to new students:

Never hesitate to ask questions. Whether asking mentors, or other people who have applied before to a Jusoor scholarship– asking questions can prevent you from making common or specific mistakes that others have experienced before you. It just never hurts to ask.

Through the success of our scholars, we are more inspired than ever to continue to educate and empower the next generation of Syrian leaders.  But we couldn’t do it without your support. Half of Jusoor’s operating budget is covered by individual donations, with the majority between $20-50!  Yes, as little as $20 given by hundreds of you each month is changing the lives of Syria’s children and youth. Below are a list of some of our graduates this year. Please join us in not only congratulating them, but in honoring them by making a donation to help Syrians across the globe rise, one Syrian at a time.

Lebanon Scholars:

  • Nour Shaheen, Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Lebanese International University.
  • Ehab Wazzour, Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from The Arts, Sciences & Technology University.
100 Syrian Women Scholars: 

  • Nour Mounajed, Master of Education (Ed.M) in Technology, Innovation and Education; Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
  • Marwa Jumma, Masters of Law (LLM) in U.S., International and Transitional Law; Chicago-Kent School of Law. Marwa received a full scholarship to pursue her Juris Doctorate (JD) at Chicago-Kent School of Law starting next year. This summer, Marwa is clerking at the law firm of Gordon & Pikarski in real estate law, and at the law firm of Spielberger & Associates, L.L.P.  in civil rights law.
Hardship Fund Scholars:

  • Hasan Issa, Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering; University of Applied Science Upper Austria
  • Abeer Othman, Bachelor of Business Administration; University of Dubai. Abeer is currently a marketing intern at Nestle Waters.

Apply to Study in Japan!

We are excited to announce the expansion of the Jusoor Scholarship Program to Japan, starting in the fall of 2018. The Japan International Christian University Foundation (JICUF) is generously providing full scholarships, including tuition and fees, accommodation, and living expenses, for students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan.This opportunity, part of ICU’s Syrian Scholars Initiative, targets Syrian refugees in Turkey. The first two students will receive scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year, with additional awards to follow in subsequent years. Courses will be taught in English and Japanese. Additional details and scholarship application will be posted to our scholarships page soon. Please contact Christina Peebles with any questions.

The Multiplier Effect in Action: Syrian Youth Empowerment News

One year ago, a group of Jusoor graduates–Majed Abdulsamad, Abed Arnaout, George Batah, and Toufik Simo– all graduates of the Illinois Institute of Technology, started Syrian Youth Empowerment (SYE), a new initiative to help guide Syrian high school students through the U.S. college application process. They initially received 320 applicants from Syria and neighboring countries and narrowed them down to 19 of the best students. Then they hired SAT and TOEFL teachers in Damascus, Homs and Aleppo to alleviate the stress and danger associated with taking a sometimes dangerous eight hour drive to Lebanon to prepare and take the exam.

This month, SYE announced that its first cohort of students have been admitted to Harvard University, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Brown University, Stanford University,  University of Pennsylvania, Amherst College, New York Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, Duke University, University of Queens, and the University of Maryland. Most of these students received admissions with full scholarships.

Your continued support enables us to support others. Stay involved by donating, volunteering, and spreading the word about Jusoor’s work.



The Jusoor Leadership Team
JP Chilazi, Boston
Dania Ismail, Dubai
Rami Zayat, Abu Dhabi
Leen Al Zaibak, Toronto
Iyad Duwaji, Dallas
Fadi Salem, Oxford
Aziza Osman, Dubai
Rania Succar, San Francisco
Director: Maya Alkateb-­Chami, Philadelphia
Interim Director: Hani Jesri, London

Posted on June 5, 2017 in Jusoor news, Newsletter

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