Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 14:00
American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) and Hiwa Foundation announced today the establishment of the Hiwa Foundation Endowment Fund to support the education of selected students at the University who demonstrate high academic merit and financial need. The new scholarship will cover tuition fees and is open to undergraduate and Academic Preparatory Program (APP) students.
A joint AUIS-Hiwa Foundation committee, including members of the Hiwa Foundation Corporate Development team, has selected the first eight student scholarship recipients based on objective, non-discriminatory criteria determined by the committee. One additional scholarship will be awarded annually.
Hiwa Rauf and Nien Abdulla, co-founders of the Hiwa Foundation, hosted a lunch with students selected for the first round of the scholarships. Mr. Rauf and Mrs. Abdulla shared their academic and professional experiences with the students, who in turn expressed their hopes and dreams for their future.
About Hiwa Foundation
Hiwa Foundation is a non-governmental organization based in the city of Sulaimani, Kurdistan, Iraq. Hiwa Rauf and his wife Nien Abdulla, successful entrepreneurs from Sulaimani, founded the organization in 2013, with the vision to educate and empower the people of the region. Hiwa Foundation believes in building strong communities, based on principles of equality and social justice, by supporting people in their ambitions to become part of a new positive and healthy society. Since 2013, Hiwa Foundation has supported a diverse range of community projects, translated publications, produced documentaries, and distributed educational materials throughout the region. The foundation continuously seeks out new partnerships, as it views partnership working as the most effective way to reach the largest and most diverse segments of the community.
About American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS)
AUIS is the first non-government, not-for-profit, American-style university in Iraq. Celebrating its tenth anniversary last year, it is also the first non-governmental university in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to be accredited by both the Federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. The University welcomes students, 35% of whom are women, from diverse communities throughout Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.