A souvenir photo in Ehden during the retreat, September 2016
The Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program is an initiative between the U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), AMIDEAST, and the Lebanese American University (LAU) for capable and highly motivated young scholars in the Middle East and North Africa who are from underserved backgrounds.
The program provides four-year university scholarships and internship opportunities at LAU to high school students who have the potential to become leaders. Details about the TL undergraduate scholarship program are found here.
This year and for the first time the TL Scholarship Programs offers a new program for graduate-level funding for the MENA region (TLG), an initiative that will expand the impactful work of the TL undergraduate scholarship program by providing exceptional and financially needy bachelor degree graduates with select Masters degrees important for the region’s development. Details about the TLG scholarship program are found here.
The primary objective of MEPI’s Tomorrow’s Leaders scholarship program is to build a cadre of university-age leaders who are civic-minded, intellectually able, and professionally skilled, who will become the community, business, and national leaders of the future. The program intends to nurture leadership skills and the spirit of civic engagement and volunteerism among outstanding university-age. Selected students will join the 388 Tomorrow’s Leaders who have or are currently studying at select universities within the program.
Scholarship recipients may pursue an eligible undergraduate/graduate degree in a selected field at LAU. In addition to their studies, recipients will be expected to engage in community service activities and participate in internships. Limited English- language training will be provided for some participants. Undergraduate students who maintain a 3.0 GPA may have an opportunity for a study abroad semester in the U.S.
The program was launched at LAU in 2008, and is currently managed by LAU’s Student Development and Enrollment Management (SDEM).
The Outreach & Civic Engagement Unit (OCE): Within SDEM oversees the overall grant’s methodology, academic projections, scholar’s work plans, volunteering, internships, outreach, coordination with different LAU constituents for the smooth implementation of the grant, and Alumni networking.
The Office of International Services (OIS): Within SDEM oversees the scholar’s general welfare upon arrival to LAU and during their studies by coordinating all travel related services such as Lebanese Residency requirements, travel notifications, plans for university breaks (winter/summer), dormitories, health and insurance coverage, and the US semester abroad.