Safa Jafari Safa, Office of Communications, email@example.com
AUB honored high achieving students who joined the university this academic year with certificates of achievement presented by AUB President Fadlo Khuri.
Out of 3,666 applicants to AUB for the entering class of 2021-22, 10 scholars received the President's Merit Scholarship award. These students have achieved the highest admissions composite score, based on their SAT above 1450/1600, and ranked first or second in their high school in grades 10 and 11. Eight enrolling undergraduate students were honored at the ceremony as the President's Merit Scholars.
The ceremony also honored twelve National Counsil for Scientific Research (CNRS) scholarship recipients who received a 100 percent scholarship from AUB for ranking in the top 5 percent in the national baccalaureate exam.
“Now, here at AUB, you will have the opportunity to not only hone your skills and locate your muse, but also direct your interests in the service of others. We are about excellence for the greater good and not simply excellence for its own sake, and Lebanon needs excellence for the greater good as does the rest of the Arab world these days," President Khuri told the students as he urged them to engage and take advantage of all the opportunities that AUB provides, in and out of classrooms. “With the blessing of talent and merit that you have and the pledge that you have just undertaken, you can go forth in humble unison and you will make a difference."
Both categories of merit scholars who have been newly admitted for the current academic year will benefit from the scholarships until graduation. Joining AUB's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, the high achieving students were selected based on their academic performance alone.
“To be a recipient of the President's Merit Scholarship is not merely an attainment of a certain average or meeting certain conditions, it means living up to the highest ethical standards," said Antoine Sabbagh, director of admissions and financial aid, in his speech to the students. “It means taking on challenges and not running away from them. It means respecting others' opinions and views. It means others are looking up to you in every way. Live up to their expectations."
The ceremony concluded with a pledge and an announcement of the newly launched President's Merit Scholars Club, followed by a group photo and reception.