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Extraordinary Hope Fund Students

Ghida El Banna

FUTURE DOCTOR AND PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCATE

Ghida El Banna graduated Smith College in 2017 with a 3.99 GPA, completed a master’s in public policy at the University of Massachusetts, and will attend Stanford Medical School, as she pursues her dream of becoming an advocate for equitable public health policies.

The Hope Fund taught me to believe in myself and dream big.

Hisham Abu Shama’a

PEACE ADVOCATE AND FIRST PALESTINIAN RHODES SCHOLAR.

Hisham Abu Shama’a distinguished himself as a Hope Fund scholar at Earlham College, graduating in 2017 with a major in Peace and Conflict Resolution and becoming one of the first Palestinians to receive a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University.

I feel blessed for the incredible experience I had in the U.S. and am grateful for all the doors it opened.

Ibrahim Mohammed

ENGINEER AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

Even before graduating from the University of Rochester in 2017, Ibrahim Mohammed launched projects to help refugees and others in need. Now a PhD student, he wants to continue to use his engineering skills to assist less privileged communities worldwide.

The Hope Fund gave me the opportunity to become the person I wanted to be, and help people like me.

Ghada Tafesh

SCIENCE RESEARCHER AND
WRITER

For Ghada Taffesh, a double major in biology and English at Wilson College was just the beginning. After graduating in 2016, she completed a master’s degree at Wilson in English literature and is now pursuing her love of STEM research at the University of Maryland.

I learned that the sky is the limit and as long as you believe in yourself, nothing is impossible.
Being stateless is grueling,” wrote Malak Abusoud in the essay she submitted to Georgetown University. In an interview with CNN Connect the World, she also said that young Palestinians are studying at prestigious universities because they “want to get the best education possible and come back here and change the world. They want to change this country.
It was very exciting and a really good meeting. He was a great listener and promised to work on the subjects I raised, like the lack of working permits, unemployment and educational scholarships.”

Incoming Hope Fund scholar Malak Abou Soud was excited to meet Britain’s Prince William during his visit to Jerusalem in June 2018. The Jerusalem-native, who will begin her undergraduate studies in fall 2018 on a scholarship from Georgetown University.