On the 19th of March, for the first time in almost two years, the USAID – Higher Education Scholarship (HES) was able to conduct an in person town hall meeting with their students.
HES Director Dr. Samar Harkouss and Provost Designee Dr. Malek Tabbal were elated at the opportunity to see and interact with the HES student body, having grown tired of only seeing them on a computer screen.
Dr. Tabbal started the town hall by welcoming the students, and both he and Dr. Harkouss thanked the students for their presence, and commended them on their perseverance amidst the difficult circumstances that everyone in Lebanon is currently facing.
Dr. Harkouss then made several announcements including the University Scholarship Program (USP) competition, the Refugee Scholarship Support (RSS) Certificate program, as well as the HES workshops that will be conducted in the upcoming months.
Dr. Harkouss then reminded the students about the importance of the community service component of the scholarship (including volunteering, internships with NGOs, as well as the larger community service projects) both to them as individuals, and to the communities they help serve.
Finally, the director congratulated the two students who placed 2nd and 3rd in the recent Big4 & After competition
. The HES team then answered student questions on various topics, while Dr. Tabbal helped guide some of the students with their science courses.