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Fingerprints

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Established in 2002, Fingerprints is a fundraising program for students by students. Under the close direction and supervision of the Office of Development and the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, the initiative encourages graduating students to become involved alumni who support their alma mater. By donating $25 or more to the Fingerprints Endowed Scholarship Fund, the members of graduating classes help to ensure that other qualified students will also be able to enjoy their unique educational experience. The fund has been supported by individual trustees including the late Kamal Shair, Ali Ghandour, Farouk Jabre, and Omar Alfardan. The University Student Faculty Committee (USFC) has also provided important support for Fingerprints in prior years.
 
Almost 40% of the Class of 2017 made gifts to the Fingerprints Endowed Scholarship Fund before they graduated contributing more than $25,000.  These over 730 students join the ranks of over 14,000 graduating AUB students who have made gifts of at least $25 to support Fingerprints since the fund was established in 2002.  Proceeds from this endowed scholarship fund that is now valued at $1.8 million have provided invaluable financial assistance to 240 AUB students.
 
From its inception in 2002 until 2012, AUB Trustees provided generous support for Fingerprints with critical two-for-one matches for every dollar donated by graduating students. The University Student Faculty Committee (USFC) also provided important support for the Fingerprints Endowed Scholarship Fund in its first ten years. In addition to a pledge of $10,000 to support Fingerprints in 2013, AUB Trustee Randa Haffar and husband Nassim announced in 2014 their plan to establish an endowed scholarship to be used for the Fingerprints match ($20,000 a year) for the following five years. In 2017, Trustee Haffar is renewing her support by matching every gift 2:1, up to $20,000. In addition, this year the USFC will match every dollar given to financial aid at AUB. This means that every dollar donated potentially becomes $4.
 
During this year’s ceremony on May 29th at Marquand House, Dr. Fadlo Khuri thanked the students for their generosity, and congratulated them on their graduation. “At the end of the day, this University was established on the basis of service, remembering the words of our great founder and first President Daniel Bliss ‘We were not anxious to appear great, but we were anxious to lay foundations upon which greatness could be built,’” said Dr. Khuri. “AUB students never fail to impress me – and today is no exception. I am glad to see each and every one of you, now donors to your own alma mater.”
 
Students that are recipients of the scholarship also got to share their experiences with the audience. Agribusiness student Gaelle Abbud said, “I would’ve never had the chance to be here, without your support. What distinguishes this scholarship is that it is from students, for students. You understand more than anyone, you know the challenges that we have faced and the struggles that we have been through. But you also know how lucky we are to be here, so you have decided to give back, so that other students may have the same opportunity.”
Bakhos Tadros, a graduating senior in Biology who also donated to the fund this year, said that he was grateful for the chance to study at AUB, and that “the scholarship I received helped in lightening the financial burdens on my family. As we reached the end of this spring, we (the graduating students) received emails concerning the scholarship. I read the email and was already familiar with the program. I had no doubt that I wanted to give back to it. I knew that by donating I am contributing to someone’s tuition and helping in their education (like the previous classes had done for me). I hope through this I can impact someone’s life and motivate them to donate themselves.”
Financial aid at AUB provides funds and scholarships for economically underserved and other deserving students. Over the past decade, AUB’s comprehensive financial aid program has grown almost ten times. In 2015-2016, AUB awarded over $30 million in scholarships and awards. Around 80 percent of financial aid applicants received financial assistance [AUB Contributors Report, 2016].

You can contribute to Fingerprints in person during normal office hours at the Office of Development, College Hall, 3rd Floor. You can also send a check payable to the American University of Beirut with your name to:

 

Office of Development

Fingerprints Program

American University of Beirut

P.O. Box 11-0236

Riad El Solh 1107 2020

Beirut, Lebanon

 

For more information about Fingerprints, please call Nadia Hassan in the Beirut Development Office at +961-1-340-176 x 2638 or email nadia.hassan@aub.edu.lb

 

 
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