American Univesity of Beirut

 Mary Jones Memorial Award


2021 is AUB's centennial of admitting women students to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and to its professional schools in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. To celebrate this event AUB launched the AUB4Women Campaign.​

About the AUB4Women Campaign

In 1921, AUB decided to admit women students to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and to its graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. This extraordinary and courageous step would provide tens of thousands of women in Lebanon and the region with a unique experience. It charted a courageous path, contributing to a shift in gender relations and providing young women of our region with the possibility to imagine a different future.​

The former colleagues, friends, and family of Mary Jones have come together to establish the Mary Jones Memorial Award to honor Mary and her extraordinary dedication to AUB – an institution she served for more than 24 years. 

About Mary Jones​

When she died on Christmas morning 2020, Mary left behind a wide circle of grieving friends and family members. While her professional abilities were impressive, Mary was much more than a competent data professional. Beloved and treasured by her colleagues in both New York and Beirut, Mary had a flair for fashion, food, and events, creating elegance at AUB international workshops, conferences, board meetings, and galas. Her garden of exotic plants continues to thrive on every windowsill and surface of the New York Office.  

How it will work

  • ​The Mary Jones Memorial Award will be presented around Commencement to a graduating female student who exemplifies outstanding commitment to community service and volunteerism – values that Mary so faithfully embodied during her years with AUB. 
  • ​The endowed fund will exist at AUB in perpetuity and will be invested with the large pool of endowed funds at AUB. 
  • Our target is to raise a minimum of $25,000.

Your gift will honor the memory of Mary Jones and her extraordinary dedication to AUB. Your contribution in any amount will help us reach our goal of a minimum of $25,000. AUB is extremely grateful for the 38 gifts and pledges that have already been received:

Thank you for your support!​

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