MIT Arab alumni set up Arab student fund

Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Arab Alumni Association sets up scholarship fund

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MIT Arab alumni set up Arab student fund The fund will help support Arab undergraduate students at the prestigious MIT. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 12, 2012

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Arab Alumni Association (MIT AAA) has formed a scholarship fund to support Arab students at the world-famous MIT.

The fund will be used to provide assistance to undergraduate students of Arab descent, who qualify for needs-based financial assistance.

The MIT AAA Fund, the first at MIT that is directly intended for Arab students, has been established from an initial donation by the MIT AAA, and will seek additional financial contributions by alumni and others to grow further.

"Admissions to MIT from the Arab world are low compared to other regions," said MIT AAA president Talal Kheir. "We hope this fund can encourage more students to apply to the Institute, by bearing at least a part of the financial cost of their studies."

"We are delighted to offer this scholarship, which is the first at MIT for students of Arab descent. The world is becoming a smaller place, and we welcome students from Arab countries to take part in the MIT experience," said Susan Wilson, MIT's associate director of Student Financial Aid and Resource Development.

Contributions to the fund can be made online at the Giving to MIT website http://giving.mit.edu.

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