Mary E. Geyer Foundation Scholarship Winners 2017-18 | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

Mary E. Geyer Foundation Scholarship Winners 2017-18

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 17:00

Engineering major Zryan Ibrahim and IT majors Banu Aziz and Lavin Luqman Othman have been awarded the Mary E. Geyer Foundation STEM Scholarship for Women in 2017-18. 

The Mary E. Geyer Foundation, Inc. has awarded a tuition grant of $2,000 each to three high performing students of engineering and information technology at AUIS in 2017-18. The scholarship has been awarded to engineering major Zryan Ibrahim, and IT majors Banu Aziz and Lavin Luqman Othman. Every year, the Foundation supports rising female students at AUIS who choose an academic and career path in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).   

Congratulating the students, Professor Roger W. Geyer, president of the Mary E. Geyer Foundation said, "Every member of our board of directors at the Mary E. Geyer foundation, Inc. is involved in evaluating scholarship candidates. They often remark how impressed they are at the academic and personal qualities of the AUIS students who apply. We are very pleased to support these students as they make their mark both personally and professionally."

Zryan Ibrahim
Energy Engineering

“This scholarship will allow me to focus more on the most important aspects of school learning. It will inspire me in many ways to continue to help others and give something back to my community. I hope that one day I will be able to help college students achieve their goals just like the Mary E. Geyer Foundation.” 

An active member of the student body, Ibrahim has previously won AUIS Student of the Month for her participation in campus initiatives, community service, athletics, and her work as president of the student organization, The Action Group (TAG). She is currently a member of the AUIS Engineering Club, where she helps to organize seminars, competitions, workshops, summer internships and site visits for engineering students.

Banu Aziz
Information Technology

Banu has volunteered and participated in several AUIS initiatives such as the Orange the World campaign against gender-based violence on campus. Winning the Geyer Foundation Scholarship has not just meant financial help, but also a step towards her future goals.

“I have been congratulated by my friends for getting the tuition award, but this means a lot more: having earned the honor of winning something based entirely on merit has my father so proud. It has changed his attitude towards what it means to raise a daughter,” she says, “He is now willing to give me his blessings to continue my education abroad after graduation. Seeing how I can excel at the things I do, he is now less worried about what society thinks of a woman going too far and more excited to see how far I can go. It goes to show that empowering women in STEM does make a difference. I am really grateful for the encouragement and support provided by the Geyer Foundation to women who want to study science and technology in this region.”

Lavin Luqman Othman
Information Technology 

An IT major, Lavin is is also an active member of The Action Group (TAG) and HandCraft student clubs. She has previously volunteered for the APP Learning Centers. She enjoys programming, sketching and music in her free time.

AUIS graduates, Zainab Hamid (IT), Snur Hamid (IT) and Zanwer Hassan (construction engineering), have previously been awarded scholarships from the Foundation.

About the Mary E. Geyer Foundation, Inc. 

The Mary E. Geyer (MEG) Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, public charity corporation. Its chief mission is to identify meritorious female undergraduates and graduates who major in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields via their declared major and provide them with financial support. It is the Foundation's belief that women who are successful in these fields will improve their personal and professional lives and, in turn, increase their number in leadership roles which shape the communities they live and work in. The Foundation has been supporting AUIS undergraduate students through tuition grants since 2015. 

For more information please contact Roger W. Geyer, president of the Foundation and former associate professor at AUIS, at, or visit the Foundation's website or Facebook page.  

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