Bridging the Gap

Bridge Graduation

This has been the busiest ever summer for the Bridge Program; we celebrated the graduation of 84 students, matched over 110 new students starting university with scholarships, and engaged 160 potential scholarship students in our University Preparation Course (UPC). We’re growing at a pace we couldn’t have ever imagined.

DukeEngage
For the 6th year running, eight volunteers from Duke University participated in the DukeEngage Program in Lebanon. The volunteers provided additional SAT preparation to our UPC students.
SAT preparation is just one part of our students’ lengthy university application process. Over the next two years, these students will be given college guidance and counselling, before being matched with donors and funding for Universities in Lebanon and across the world.
A special thanks to Dr. Maha Al Houssami and Julia Daley from the DukeEngage Programs and the wonderful Duke students for their invaluable contribution to UPC 2018.

Scholarships
Over 110 students, the intake of 2018 – 2019, just crossed the bridge into their universities in Lebanon and abroad. This could not have been possible without the generous support of our donors, staff, and volunteers.
Applications for the Bridge Program will open in October 2018 and is open to all. Here’s to another year of students having access to higher education!

Graduation
84 students graduated from the Bridge program this year. Our bright Bridge Program participants celebrated their graduation from university, bringing the number of Bridge alumni to 411.
The ceremony was magical, tearful, sentimental and inspiring. The president of Lebanese American University, Dr. Joseph Jabbra, delivered a moving keynote speech filled with words of encouragement and enlightenment.

Bridge Student Success Story: Darin Yassine

Darin Certificate

On the 8th of August, our founder Melek Nimer and the ULYP Bridge team received a letter from one of their students, Darin Yassine.
“I am writing with so much respect, gratitude, and warmth in my heart. I am writing to whole-heartedly thank you for being such a great person and taking such a huge part in my short story of success.”
After completing her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Darin was determined to pursue the Doctor of Pharmacy degree but needed financial support for the tuition fees. Darin searched high and low for someone to fund her dream. Her drive and hard work led her to the president of LAU, Dr. Joseph Jabbra, who referred her to Mrs. Nimer and ULYP.

“I can say, genuinely, that my determination, thrive, and limitless hope were born at first when I met Mrs. Nimer.”

Through Dr Jabbra, the ULYP family and other kind-hearted donors, Darin received enough money to attend the University course she had hoped for. Thanks to Darin’s extraordinary commitment, and the support she received, she she was able to enrol on the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the Lebanese American University. In July 2018, Darin graduated from LAU with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree with distinction.

On top of all this, on March 2018, Darin was accepted for a 12-month international post-graduate Year-1 residency at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas, among 30 other applicants. She is therefore able to practice as a clinical pharmacist while she continues her educational growth.

“As I am starting a new chapter in my life, I thank God from the bottom of my heart that each of those exceptional individuals crossed my path, and gifted me an eternal hope in tomorrow-which I will hold in my heart forever. At this moment in time, I am counting my blessings. I am also feeling immense excitement for the next challenge.”

This was such a wonderful letter to receive; a perfect example of the positive attitude, exceptional intellect, hard work and inspiring optimism shown by the youth in Lebanon; and a reminder of how important ULYP’s work can be.

Bridging The Gap

The summer has been busy for the Bridge Program, we have celebrated the graduation of 100 students, matched 125 new students starting university with scholarships, and engaged 184 potential scholarship students in our University Preparation Course (UPC). As we keep growing, the number crossing the bridge is increasing and our family is becoming bigger and more supportive than ever.

Preparation is Key

Preparation is key, and for the 5th year running the Duke Engage program and its eight wonderful volunteers supported our UPC students in SAT preparation.

SAT preparation is just one way UPC supports our students’ university application process. Over the next two years these students will undergo university counseling and guidance sessions before the Bridge Program finds and matches students with potential donors to secure the university funding.

A special thanks to Dr. Abdallah Antepli and Ahmad Gitanes from the Duke Engage Program who, with the hard work and determination of our students and the Duke volunteers, made UPC 2017 a huge success.

The Journey Begins

One hundred and twenty-five students, the intake of 2017 – 2018, have just embarked on their journey in universities in Lebanon and abroad. This mammoth achievement would not have been possible without the great help and generosity of our donors and everyone who has stood by and believed in ULYP since day one.

Bridge will be open for new applications in October 2017 and cannot wait to have new students begin their application process, start their journey and hopefully join the ULYP family.

The Future is Bright

One hundred inspiring, powerful, educated and motivated Bridge Program university graduates recently marched down the aisle and were recognized for their achievements, awarded for their special talents and initiated as ULYP alumni.

The President of the American University of Beirut, Dr. Fadio Khuri, delivered an inspirational keynote speech filled with words of encouragement and enlightenment.

This graduation brings the total number of Bridge alumni to 328. At ULYP we are extremely motivated by the success of our students, their joy, and the impact they will make as agents of positive change. The future is bright!

Bridge stars!

Rita Musleh and Diala Diab, who are both studying at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, are making significant achievements in the field of medicine. Rita finished top of her class and after having recently interned at New York Presbyterian Cornell Hospital with a focus on Neurology, will move to Germany in September for research. Read about Rita’s achievements here: http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/bedava-yemek-icin-geldim-40528284

Diala, only in her second year at Yeditepe University, just published her first article on MeddyBear, a prominent scientific database. Diala has already proven her self to be an exceptional student and with her work ethic and determination we are sure she’ll make a great doctor in the future! Read Diala’s article here: https://www.meddybear.net/diabetic-retinopathy/