AUIS Receives New Humanities Grant for Student Scholarships | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

AUIS Receives New Humanities Grant for Student Scholarships

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 11:30

News Release


$250,000 gift creates a permanent funding source to support students and programs at AUIS

November 7, 2017 (Sulaimani, KRG-Iraq): The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) today announced its receipt of a generous grant from the American University of Iraq Foundation, the University’s primary U.S. sponsor.

The 2017 AUIF Humanities Grant reflects a new endowment at the Foundation to fund a recurring scholarship for a female student in her final year at AUIS who shows exceptional promise and is pursuing a path of study in the humanities. Each year an AUIS selection committee will consider both merit and financial need when considering potential recipients of the scholarship.

The $250,000 Grant will also be used to create up to five new one-time AUIS scholarships in the current academic year for first or second year female students who show exceptional promise and a strong interest in pursuing a path or course of study in the humanities.

A small portion of the Grant will go towards supporting research initiatives and activities organized by the AUIS Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS), and Kashkul, a research, translation, and cultural preservation collaborative housed at AUIS. 

AUIS’s President, Bruce Walker Ferguson, thanked the Foundation for its gift, as well as the anonymous donor who made the gift possible.  “More than 90% of AUIS students currently receive some form of tuition discount through merit-based scholarships and sponsorship,” he noted.  “In a time of economic hardship and political uncertainty, the 2017 AUIF Humanities Grant supports and engages bright, motivated students from all over Iraq and the Kurdistan Region who have the skills, knowledge and commitment to build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.”

AUIS is the first non-government, not-for-profit, American-style institution of higher education in Iraq. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, it is also the first non-government university in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to be accredited by both the Federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. AUIS offers the only English as a Second Language (ESL) program in Iraq that is accredited in the United States. The University welcomes students, 35% of whom are women, from Iraq’s diverse communities, including Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, Yazidis and Christians as well as Syrian refugees. Their critical thinking skills, fluency in English, and bilingual capabilities provide AUIS graduates with excellent employment prospects in both the private and public sectors. Students who want to pursue a path in the humanities have a choice of majoring in English Literature, Journalism, or International Studies, after completing a Core Curriculum.

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