American University of Beirut

 May Rihani Endowed Scholarship Fund


​​​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.

One of the first endowed scholarships that is being established is the May Rihani Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Family, friends, and colleagues of May Rihani are supporting the May Rihani Endowed Scholarship Fund to celebrate the extraordinary career of May Rihani and to provide urgently needed support for exceptional women students at AUB who are facing a dire financial situation.​

About May Rihani

Throughout her career, May has worked hard to make a difference in the lives of others through many initiatives and programs that advance girls' education and improve the condition of women. May worked extensively in 40 countries around the globe on these two issues. One of her most important contributions was serving as co-chair of the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) founded by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. You can find out more about May and her exceptional achievements here.

​How it will work

  • The May Rihani Endowed Scholarship will support women students at AUB regardless of their major.

  • The endowed scholarship 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 $100,000. Once it is fully endowed, four percent of the accrued total is provided annually as financial aid to the selected student/s.​

AUB is extremely grateful for the support that it has received for this scholarship.

Your gift will honor the work of May Rihani that made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of girls and women in the 40 countries where she worked and have an enduring impact on the lives of generations of women students at AUB, as well as their families and communities.

Thank you for your support!

Contact Us

For various questions, please try contacting us via social media first!
read more

Privacy Statement

We take data privacy seriously and adhere to all applicable data privacy laws and regulations.
read more

Copyright and Disclaimer

Written permission is needed to copy or disseminate all or part of the materials on the AUB website.
read more

Title IX, Non-Discrimination, and Anti-Discriminatory Harassment

AUB is committed to providing a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment to all members of its community.
read more