American Univesity of Beirut

The USAID funded Higher Education Scholarship program at AUB celebrates the International Day of the Girl capitalizing on ongoing efforts since 2011

​​​​​​​More than ten years of promoting gender equity have paid off as female HES graduates consistently outnumber male graduates and reach international graduate programs, numerous awards, and influential job positions in their communities. 

From Zahraa Saleh (USP II), who received the Amal Saidi Memorial Prize given to a graduating senior excelling in the subject of anthropology and sociology, to Rita Issa (USP IV), who received the Practice Teaching Excellence Award, on to Marla Zgheib (USP VI), who received Dr. Mohamad Chatah Excellence Award in Political Studies, are only a few of many female scholars who have reaped countless awards during their academic journeys at the American University of Beirut. 

As custodians and caretakers of the University Scholarship Program (USP) at AUB, we do not merely strive to produce independent, strong, and motivated scholars, we aspire to help create leaders of tomorrow, capable of positively influencing their communities. Many former scholars like Angela Haddad, who is now a part-time Project Engineer at TEST-ME, as well as a PhD scholar in Transportation at the University of Texas at Austin; and Dania Salhab who was a User Experience Designer at MAIDS CC – Lebanon, and now a PhD scholar in Civil Engineering and Construction Management at the University of Alberta, and numerous others, are building marvelous careers in Lebanon and abroad. 

As countless HES female scholars continue to win awards, receive grants, Master’s degree scholarships, PhD funding, influential job positions, and build distinguished careers, today we celebrate the International Day of the Girl, as we forge the pillars of a brighter future, one lined with gender equity, empowerment, new opportunities, and endless potential.  



Angela Haddad during her CSP project



Dania Salhab

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