The HAAA Scholarship is open to Arab students interested in pursuing undergraduate studies at Harvard University in the United States. To support its objective of increasing the number of Arab students at Harvard, the Harvard Arab Alumni Association (HAAA) established the HAAA Scholarship Fund in 2010, the first of its type at Harvard.
Today, the Arab world makes for a very small proportion of Harvard’s student body—in 2013, just 118 students from Arab countries studied at Harvard across all of its colleges and degree programs, accounting for less than 2% of Harvard’s 4,000 global learners. The objective is to generate $10 million to assist economically disadvantaged Arab students admitted to any of Harvard’s schools.
- The HAAA Scholarship is a fully-funded scholarship available to Arab nations on the list of eligible countries.
- English is the required language.
- Eligible countries: The student must be an Arab resident or national. Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Somalia, Djibouti, Mauritania, and Comoros are among the countries represented.
- The student must have been admitted to a full-time degree program at any of Harvard University’s schools (e.g., College, Law School, Business School, Kennedy School)
- The student must demonstrate financial need as judged by the normal scholarship standards at Harvard University.
- Students with a prior degree (e.g., high school or college) from an educational institution in an Arab nation will be given preference.
- Apply to any Harvard University school, and step two will occur ONLY AFTER you have been admitted to Harvard.
- Your school’s finance officer sends your application to the Harvard Committee on General Scholarships, which chooses who receives the prize. You are not required to apply to the HAAA.