The USAID HES has committed to support nearly 400 scholarship students to pursue undergraduate degrees in diverse majors across AUB. HES students are public school graduates from all 26 districts of Lebanon with equal gender representation. The main objective of the scholarship is to give young students coming from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds access to high-quality college education. HES scholars participate in an intensive civic engagement and leadership development program including extensive volunteer work, workshops and trainings, internships in community-serving organizations, and community service projects which they implement in teams in their own communities. The scholarship includes full coverage of tuition fees, housing or transportation allowances, books, a laptop, and stipends for the students' duration of study.