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Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Promotes Civic Engagement in MENA Region
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Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Promotes Civic Engagement in MENA Region

October 26, 2012
Tomorrow's Leaders Graduation Ceremony ©AUB

American University of Beirut (AUB) graduated five students participating in the MEPI-funded Tomorrow’s Leadership Scholarship Program, which offers students American-accredited, four-year undergraduate liberal arts degrees.  The program also provides an intensive focus on building students’ leadership skills and ability to effect positive change.  Currently,  44 students are enrolled in AUB through this program.  

Egyptian student Alia Al-Zeiny, who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political studies, said the program transformed her into a different person: “Now…I’m more assertive, and I don’t hold back.  If I want something, I’m going to get it.”

Thirty nine additional Tomorrow’s Leaders from countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa are still studying at AUB. At the end of their program, graduates return to their home countries to promote social change and civic responsibility.

“It’s a life-changing experience as they return to their countries equipped with new skills, and they will hopefully continue to use those skills for the benefit of their societies,” said AUB  Program Coordinator Randa Antoun. “We are nurturing the leaders of tomorrow.”

The American University in Cairo and the Lebanese American University also host MEPI’s Tomorrow’s Leaders scholarship students.