Fobzu's Scholarship Programmes
Fobzu Scholarship Support
One way Fobzu supports access to education for young Palestinians is by providing scholarships to students in financial need. Not only do scholarships provide vital assistance for young people facing hardship, they are also an important source of hope to a generation growing up under occupation.
Fobzu supports students at universities across occupied Palestine, as well as at Birzeit.
Each Fobzu scholarship covers the fees of a university course for one year and we aim to provide support for students for the duration of a typical 4-year degree.
Our partnership with Ahdaf
In 2014 Fobzu began working with the UK-registered charity, Ahdaf, which works to engage young people in Palestine with community-based projects so that they make an active contribution to their local communities while at the same time empowering them to become valuable members of civil society.
Today, most scholarships offered by Fobzu are provided jointly through the Fobzu-Ahdaf scholarship programme, granted to students in financial need who will also undertake community projects with the support of Ahdaf.
Fobzu-Ahdaf students are members of an active network of scholarship holders and engage in a wide variety of community work. Some previous projects have included teaching in local primary schools, reading groups, conferences on Palestinian literature, and local health awareness campaigns.
At present, we provide scholarships through the Fobzu-Ahdaf Scholarship Programme and directly through Birzeit University.
Fobzu-Ahdaf scholarships are currently offered at universities across the West Bank and Gaza to students willing to undertake a project dedicated to serving the needs of their local community. Selection via application and interview and is conducted jointly by Fobzu and Ahdaf according to the following criteria:
- Strong community project proposal
- Academic ability will be a factor (at least ‘B’ level students) but not over and above other criteria
- Priority will be given to the most disadvantaged students and those students from families who have never had a member attend university before
- Other special family circumstances will also be taken into account
At Birzeit University, our students are selected on the basis of recommendation by the Grants and Financial Aid Committee at the Deanship of Student Affairs, a body comprising academics, university staff and student representatives. Students are identified for financial support based on the following criteria:
- Students who are in financial need
- Families of students registered for support with the Ministry of Social Affairs
- Students from families with one breadwinner because the other breadwinner doesn’t work, is sick (chronic disease), or deceased
- Students with more than one sibling enrolled in the university
- Students who have completed one semester with at least an average of 12 credit hours
- Student should be a regular student at the time of obtaining a grant
- Student’s cumulative grade point average should not be less than 70%
- Student should not have obtained a grant from any other source
- The primary determinant for obtaining these grants is based on two basic conditions: the students’ GPA is not less than 70% and he or she has a need for financial aid
- Donor requirements are also taken into account, if they do not conflict with the committee’s standards
In addition to our general scholarship programme, the generosity of our donors enables Fobzu to provide the following endowed or sponsored scholarships:
- Sarah Hayward Scholarships
- Adela Every Scholarship Fund
- Doreen and Dorathea Ingrams Scholarship Fund
- Peter Holliday Scholarship Fund
- Boulos and Margaret Kaibni Scholarship fund
- Al Shehabi Family Scholarship Fund
- Dr Salim H Khamis Scholarship Fund
- The Dorset Scholarship