The programme aims to support marginalized families in Qatar by providing scholarships for expatriate youth to pursue their degrees at Nine local partner universities.
March 29, 2023 (Doha, Qatar) – The Education Above All Foundation (EAA) and the General Directorate of Endowments (Awqaf) hosted a celebratory Iftar at the Qatar National Convention Centre for beneficiaries of the Qatar Scholarship programme. The ceremony welcomed 39 new scholarship recipients, congratulated 18 graduates, and celebrated 25 students for their excellence in academic performance for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Education Above All was honored to welcome representatives from partner organizations, universities, and embassies, including Dr. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Thani, the Director-General of the General Directorate of Endowments, Yemen’s Minister of Education Tariq Al-Akbari, Mr. Fahad Al Sulaiti, EAA’s CEO, and Dr. Salem bin Nasser Al Naemi, President of the University of Doha for Science and Technology. The event drew over 200 attendees, including students and their families, faculty of local universities including Qatar University, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Oryx University in partnership with Liverpool, Lusail University, and the Global Studies Institute, and representatives from the embassies of Yemen, Palestine, Sudan, and Jordan.
The Qatar Scholarship Programme in Qatar (QSQ) aims to provide youth aged 17 to 25, who have spent most of their formative years in Qatar, with access to higher education. The QSQ is a needs-based scholarship offered by EAA, through its Al Fakhoora program, to deserving expatriate youth in Qatar. Recipients are supported to attend distinguished universities in the country, including existing partnerships, Qatar University, Al Rayyan International University College, University of Doha for Science and Technology, University of Calgary in Qatar, Also announced new partnerships with, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Oryx University in partnership with Liverpool, Lusail University, Global Studies Institute, and partner universities of Qatar Foundation (QF). EAA also partners with Silatech to link graduates to employment. The programme is implemented by EAA and made possible with the support of the Endowment Account for Scientific and Cultural Development in the General Department of Endowments - Awqaf.
Dr. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Thani, the Director-General of the General Directorate of Endowments, explained in his speech the religious and historical role of the endowment in attracting and supporting scholars, as well as providing educational opportunities for students. The Endowment Bank for Scientific and Cultural Development, in cooperation with the Education Above All Foundation and partner universities, congratulates the Qatar Scholarship beneficiaries, 'May God grant success to the graduates in their future careers, and bring success to the new enrollees.'
Talal Al Hothal, Director of The Programme, said, ' EAA supports millions of children and young people worldwide to ensure they have access to safe, quality education. Today’s ceremony underlines this commitment and solidifies the promise our Qatar Scholarship Programme makes to the next generation of leaders and changemakers in Qatar. We thank Awqaf for their support in making this possible, and providing life-changing opportunities to deserving youth to pursue successful and rewarding careers, supporting and strengthening their communities.'
Since its inception in 2018, the Qatar Scholarship programme in Qatar has provided more than 160 scholarships for youth in Qatar, and aims to provide a total of 500 scholarships by the academic year 2025-2026.