Bridging the Gap

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For the Academic Year, 2018-2019, ULYP welcomed 114 students to the Bridge program, joining the returning scholars at universities in Lebanon, North Cyprus, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Spain and, for the first time; Malta! Thanks to all our donors and partners, ULYP’s new cohort is now well established in their universities and have just completed their first semester.

Of course, the Bridge Program is not only about scholarships. Diala Diab, who studies Medicine at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, and Maysam Azzam, BA Media and Communications, AUB Class of 2018, both represented ULYP at the Investing in the Future Conference: Youth – Challenges and Development Opportunities (IIF Mena 2018); a regional conference hosted by the Big Heart Foundation, one of our major donors in Sharjah, UAE. Diala and Maysa participated in the session entitled “Engaging Youth in Regional Development” aiming to empower all young people with a voice in the making of decisions that affect them.

ULYPAA and a BRIDGE Star

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The ULYP Alumni Association (ULYPAA) annual subscription fees have been collected and were matched with a scholar. Abdulrahman Al-Mousa is now enrolled at Texas A&M University, Qatar. He started in the Fall 2018 semester and has now completed his first semester with an outstanding GPA of 4.00! This very important milestone validates ULYP’s mission and vision to continue granting youth equal access to opportunities and education. It also highlights the generosity of the ULYP Alumni; giving back to others the same chances they were offered, in one form or another, and helping us continue our work to support a larger number of students!

GETTING PREPPED!

The 7th of March saw the beginning of another Bridge SAT Preparation course.This year it is taking place at AUB campus and sessions are mainly being taught by experienced master’s students at AUB. Just being on a university campus and seeing a taste of how life is there is very inspirational to our aspiring students. There are 150 students on the course which aims to introduce them to the SATs, as well as guiding them towards achieving good results once they take the official SAT exam, and inspiring them to aim for top universities around the world.

We asked two of this spring’s students for their thoughts on the program:

“Both me and my friends find it really useful and our English has improved a lot. I really want to thank Ester, Melek and everyone ULYP.”

Bilal Hindi, Nazareth School, North Lebanon

“I like the course, and overall it is a great experience, the English is really helping. They are all doing a really good job.”

Ahmad Abdulhalim, Jalil School, Beirut

200 Palestinian 11th.grade students from UNWRA schools all over the country were contenders to take part in the course. The students all excel in school and the final 150 were invited to attend the course based on grades and personal interviews conducted by ULYP’s selection committee.

As some of the students come from the south and north of Lebanon, ULYP, with the help of UNWRA, encourages them to attend the program by providing free transportation. We are really impressed by the determination of our students, some of whom travel two hours every week to benefit from the ten session long course.

The current SAT course is level 1, and during the summer the same students will be invited to join levels 2 and 3. They will also receive university counseling sessions, which give the students a thorough introduction to possible majors, different university choices and the process of applying to university. Some students from the SAT Prep course and the College counseling sessions will later go on to receive university scholarships or stipends from ULYP.

There is no doubt the SAT Prep course is greatly beneficial for our future university students and we are extremely proud of their hard work and motivation.

We are also eternally grateful to Welfare Association and UNRWA who are sponsoring the course this spring, and AUB who have allowed us to use their beautiful campus.

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