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Statement of Mission

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The mission of the American University in Cairo (AUC) is to provide high quality educational opportunities to students from all segments of Egyptian society as well as from other countries, and to contribute to Egypt’s cultural and intellectual life. The university offers programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels as well as an extensive continuing education program. The language of instruction is English.

The university advances the ideals of American liberal arts and professional education and of life-long learning. As freedom of academic expression is fundamental to this effort, AUC encourages the free exchange of ideas and promotes open and on-going interaction with scholarly institutions throughout Egypt and other parts of the world.

The pursuit of excellence is central to AUC’s mission, and the university maintains high standards of academic achievement, professional behavior and ethical conduct. Toward this end it also provides a broad range of disciplines and learning opportunities and strives to contribute to the sum of human knowledge.

The university environment is designed to advance proficient use of the tools of learning as well as students’ thinking capabilities, language and personal skills. Through its adult and continuing education programs, the university offers educational opportunities to enhance the professional and job skills of non-degree students.

AUC considers it essential to foster students’ appreciation of their own culture and heritage and of their responsibilities to society. The university’s aim of promoting international understanding is supported by means of scholarship, learned discourse, a multicultural campus environment, and a diversified publishing program.

To advance its mission, the university seeks to maintain a highly qualified faculty. Emphasis is placed on excellence in teaching as well as on research, creative work and faculty members’ intellectual contributions to their disciplines. Outstanding administrative, professional and support staff, leading edge instructional technology and use of other resources are also central to the pursuit of the university’s aims.

The American University in Cairo is an independent, non-profit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution.

History

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The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and service in the Middle East. For its first 27 years the university was shaped by its founding president, Dr. Charles A. Watson. He wanted to create an English-language university based on high standards of conduct and scholarship and to contribute to intellectual growth, discipline, and character of the future leaders of Egypt and the region. He also believed that such a university would greatly improve America’s understanding of the area.

Initially, AUC was intended to be both a preparatory school and a university. The preparatory school opened on October 5, 1920, with 142 students in two classes that were equivalent to the last two years of an American high school. The first diplomas issued were junior college-level certificates given to 20 students in 1923. At first an institution only for males, the university enrolled its first female student in 1928, the same year in which the first university class graduated with two B.A.’s and one B.S. degrees awarded. Master’s degrees were first offered in 1950.

Originally AUC offered instruction in the arts and sciences and in education. In 1921, the School of Oriental Studies was added to the university, followed in 1924 by the Division of Extension. This division was later renamed the Division of Public Service, and finally evolved into the Center for Adult and Continuing Education. AUC’s high school division, known as the Lincoln School, was discontinued in 1951.

In 1956, the School of Oriental Studies was incorporated into the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as the Center for Arabic Studies. The English Language Institute was added the same year. After the Faculty of Education was discontinued in 1961 and degree offerings were dropped from the Division of Public Service, university degree work was consolidated into a single academic structure, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Programs in sociology, anthropology, political science and economics were added to the curriculum and the natural science offerings were significantly expanded.

Two applied research units, the Social Research Center and the Desert Development Center, were established in 1953 and 1979, respectively. Another landmark in the history of the university was the development of professional programs: the departments of Engineering, Computer Science, Journalism and Mass Communication, and Management now offer several degree programs at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels.

In 1960, AUC enrolled approximately 400 academic students. By 1969 the university had more than tripled its degree enrollments to over 1,300 students, 450 of whom were pursuing graduate studies. Since then academic program enrollments have grown to 5,601 students (Fall 2006), including 1,049 students at the Master’s degree level. Adult education expanded simultaneously and now serves over 42,243 individuals each year in non-credit courses and contracted training programs.

In 1993 the academic programs offered through 13 departments were organized into three schools: Humanities and Social Sciences; Sciences and Engineering; and Business, Economics and Communication. Educational training and major research projects continue to be carried out through the Center for Adult and Continuing Education, the Management Center, Engineering Services, the Desert Development Center and the Social Research Center. Through subsequent reorganizations and additions, as of the 2006 fall semester the university has 25 departments/institutes offering undergraduate, masters and graduate diploma programs.

Throughout its history, AUC has balanced a strong commitment to liberal education with a concern for the region’s needs for practical applications and professional specializations. Today, AUC emphasizes liberal education and all undergraduate students study a common set of courses in the humanities and the natural and social sciences as part of the university’s core curriculum. In addition, the university maintains its strong commitment to fostering understanding across world regions, cultures and religions.

Accreditation

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In the United States of America, AUC is licensed to grant degrees and is incorporated in the State of Delaware. AUC is accredited in the US by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215-662-5606. The last visit by a full accreditation team took place in May 1998 as a part of the ten year re-accreditation review process. In November 2003, the Commission accepted the Periodic Review Report submitted by AUC and reaffirmed accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2007-2008.

In Egypt the university operates as a private cultural institute within the framework of the 1962 Egyptian-American Cultural Cooperation Agreement, in accordance with an implementing protocol with the government of Egypt. This protocol, promulgated as a presidential decree and ratified by the Egyptian People’s Assembly in 1975, recognizes the university’s degrees as equivalent to those awarded by Egyptian national universities.

Governance and the Board of Trustees

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The university is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees, currently consisting of thirty-eight members drawn from various fields of endeavor; the President of AUC is also an ex-officio member of the Board. In addition, there are twenty-one individuals designated as Advisory Trustees, many of whom have rendered distinguished service on the Board in past years. The Board has its own by-laws and elects a chair for an annual term. A complete list of members, officers of the Board, and advisory trustees is provided in an appendix to this volume.

The Board meets generally three times a year; the May and November meetings are held in New York, and the February meeting is held on the Cairo campus. The Cairo meeting enables Board members to review developments first hand, and to meet with faculty, students and staff.

The Board of Trustees reviews and approves all major policies, the university budget and major facilities and program development plans. It sets the annual tuition rates and provides leadership in raising funds for the university. The university is administered by a president selected by the Board of Trustees. The current president of AUC is Mr. David D. Arnold.

The presidents of the university:

Name   Years of Service
1. Dr. Charles R. Watson (Founder)   1919-1945
2. Dr. John S. Badeau   1945-1954
Dr. Wendell Cleland (Acting President)   1954-1955
3. Dr. Raymond F. McLain   1955-1963
4. Dr. Thomas A. Bartlett   1963-1969
5. Mr. Christopher Thoron   1969-1973
Dr. Cecil K. Byrd (Acting President)   1973-1974
6. Dr. Cecil K. Byrd   1974-1977
Dr. Thomas Lamont (Acting President)   1977-1978
7. Dr. Richard F. Pedersen   1978-1990
8. Dr. Donald McDonald   1990-1997
Dr. Frank E. Vandiver (Acting President)   1997-1998
9. Dr. John D. Gerhart   1998-2002
Dr. Thomas A. Bartlett (Interim President)   2002-2003
10. Mr. David D. Arnold   2003-present


AUC faculty

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The faculty of AUC is a highly qualified group of academics and professionals who are committed to finding innovative ways to meet the educational needs of AUC students. The university’s full-time faculty is complemented by an extensive part-time teaching staff, frequent visiting lecturers, and the Distinguished Visiting Professor program.

AUC’s full-time teaching faculty is primarily American and Egyptian, in addition to citizens from about a dozen other countries. By drawing from the national universities, business and professional communities and the Egyptian government, AUC has recruited a well-qualified part-time faculty. These academics, business leaders, journalists, government officials, and professionals bring their practical experience to the classroom. The exchange of ideas also takes place on a more informal basis as academic departments and student organizations invite experts from a wide range of professional fields to give lectures and demonstrations during the weekly assembly hours and in the evenings.

To augment its educational and cultural offerings, the university established many years ago a Distinguished Visiting Professor program which brings to the AUC campus a number of eminent scholars, writers, and artists for short-term lectureships or workshops. Some of these professorships are supported by named endowments or annual grants in recognition of their importance to the university and the community. Current DVP endowments include the Christopher Thoron DVP, the Bayard Dodge DVP in Arabic Studies, the General Dynamics DVP in Engineering, the Charles J. Hedlund DVP in Middle East Studies, and the Endowed DVP in English and Comparative Literature.

Campus

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Cairo, the largest urban center in the Arab World and Africa, lies in the Nile Valley where it begins to broaden into the fertile delta. One of the world’s oldest cities, Cairo is inheritor and protector of many traditions - Pharaonic, ancient Greek and Roman, Coptic, Islamic and Arabic. It is at the same time a contemporary center for international development and Middle East policy.

The American University in Cairo is located on Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, near government ministry buildings, hotels and commercial areas, the National Cultural Center, and the Egyptian Museum. The campus (see map inside the back cover) covers parts of five city blocks. Gracefully situated on the main campus are a converted palace, outdoor basketball and tennis courts, gardens, and a fountain area. The original university building, which opened in 1920, was constructed as a palace in the 1860s for the Minister of Education Khairy Pasha. The building briefly became the headquarters of the Egyptian University (now Cairo University) in the early 1900s and was acquired by AUC in 1919. The palace now houses central administrative and faculty offices and a number of classrooms.

Additions constructed on the main campus between 1927 and 1932 include Ewart Memorial Hall, one of the most culturally active auditoriums in Cairo; Oriental Hall; and wings on either side which house the English and Comparative Literature Department, and the English and Arabic Language Institutes. Two other buildings were added later to the main campus, Hill House, built in 1952, now serves as a student center, and the six-story Science and Engineering building was completed in 1966.

Located a half block from the original campus, the Greek campus was acquired in the 1960s. It contains the university’s social science departments, the Jameel Management Center (added in 1989), the Center for Adult and Continuing Education, a cafeteria, and the university’s library (added in 1982).

Other sections of city blocks near the main campus contain AUC classrooms, student services, offices, and the Special Collection and Rare Books library. In 2001 a major new academic center building was completed on the Falaki campus. This multi-story building contains new classrooms and faculty offices and includes theaters for performing and visual arts productions and other events.

Two AUC buildings located further from the core campus group include a ten-story dormitory in the Zamalek area of Cairo providing housing for students and faculty, and a building in the Heliopolis area used primarily for continuing education classes. AUC also has an extensive housing program for relocated faculty and staff.

AUC is creating a new campus, to be built on a site that the university has purchased in the New Cairo development area. The official ground breaking ceremony for construction of the new campus took place in February of 2003. The target date for moving to the new campus is the fall of 2008.

Profile: Fall 2006

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I. Academic Programs

Faculty 386 full-time, 271 part-time
    The full-time faculty:
      59.8% Egyptian  
      30.8% United States of America  
      9.3% Other Countries  
Students     5,601
    Undergraduate Degree 4,023
    Graduate Degree 1,049
    Graduate Diploma 28
    Non-degree 353
    Special Programs 148
Citizenship  
    Egyptian 4,589
    Other Countries 1,012

II. Center for Adult and Continuing Education

Faculty   1 full-time, 492 part-time
Total number of individuals served during fiscal year 2005-2006   42,243

II. 2006-2007 Budgeted Operating Expenses: $91.86 million

Revenues   Academic Tuition and Fees   60.4%
    Endowments and Contributions   16.7%
    Auxiliary Enterprises   8.5%
    Education Enterprises   7.3%
    Research   5.3%
    Miscellaneous   1.8%
Expenditures   Academic and Academic Support   48.6%
    Administration and General   18.7%
    Auxiliary Enterprises   8.6%
    Operations and Plant Management   8.6%
    Education Enterprises   6.6%
    Research   6.0%
    Contingency and Miscellaneous   2.9%


Financial Support

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The University was established and has been sustained throughout most of its history through the generosity of private individuals, the majority of them Americans. The founding trustees, mostly from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, donated funds to purchase the University’s main campus and to cover most of the salaries and expenses of the teaching staff. Despite the financial crises generated by the Great Depression, World War II, and the 1967 Six-Day War, neither the University’s academic programs nor its financial support has ever been interrupted.

For the first forty years, the Weyerhaeuser family and the Pittsburgh families of McCune, Gillespie, Lockhart, and Craig, with additional help from other individuals, covered much of the University’s operating deficits. Hill House was built and later renovated with funds donated by the Weyerhaeuser family in honor of William Bancroft Hill, a family member who chaired the University’s Board of Trustees for twenty years. Ewart Hall and Oriental Hall were also funded by private gifts during this period. The role of a number of American foundations, notably the Ford Foundation, has been significant to the overall development of the University. After the turbulent mid-1950’s such help strengthened several units including the Social Research Center, the English Language Institute, the Graduate Management Program, and the Desert Development Center. In subsequent years, other foundations and international agencies supported specific projects and research. They include the Near East Foundation; the International Development Research Center (Canada); the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; the World Health Organization; the U.S. Agency for International Development; the United Nations Development Program; the African Development Foundation; the U.S. Department of Education; the Fulbright Commission; the Tokyo Foundation (formerly the Sasakawa Foundation); the United Nations Children’s Fund; the Smithsonian; the AT&T Foundation; Schlumberger; the Amoco Foundation; the Mobil Foundation; Pfizer; the Mellon Foundation, the Starr Foundation, the Getty Grant Program and others.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s the nature of Egyptian-American relations impeded AUC fundraising efforts. The trustees’ long-range plans, however, indicated the need for the University to expand if it were to remain a viable institution. Thus in 1959, AUC for the first time obtained U.S. government funding through the Agency for International Development (AID). AID funds derived primarily from U.S.-owned surplus Egyptian pounds resulting from American wheat sales to Egypt in the 1950’s. This support allowed AUC to construct and equip its science building as well as to nearly double the size of its campus with the purchase of the nearby Greek community school. In the mid-eighties, AID had provided funds for the construction of a modern library on the Greek campus and for a dormitory in Zamalek that has been in use since 1991. AID also funded a campus-wide fiber optic network in fiscal year 1993.

The restoration of Egyptian-American relations in 1974, along with the establishment of Egypt’s Open Door economic policy, allowed AUC to set the process in motion for increasing its financial independence and security. Three major factors contributed to the success of this mission.

First, the University instituted gradual tuition increases. Now the largest source of income for the University, tuition accounts for more than fifty-three percent of AUC’s operating budget. AUC continues to provide tuition support for its Egyptian students, who comprise eighty-five percent of the student body, and offers both academic and need-based scholarships.

Second, in 1982, AUC launched a major fundraising campaign. The goal of the five-year campaign was to raise $22 million from private sources in the United States, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf states. Additionally, the University sought to develop a tradition of giving among alumni. In 1987, the University announced the successful completion of the campaign, having raised over $24 million. Not only did the University achieve its financial goal, but it also succeeded in increasing alumni participation. Among alumni donations was a major gift from a Saudi Arabian alumnus and his family to build the Jameel Center. Corporate sponsorship also increased, with significant support coming from American, Egyptian, Saudi Arabian, Italian and Japanese companies and foundations.

Third, the United States Congress passed legislation in 1985 that provided for the establishment of a trust fund at the American Embassy in Cairo with the income designated for AUC. Because the Egyptian pound was devalued in the years following the trust’s creation, further legislation was passed in 1989 to restore it to the original value. The income from this trust replaces Egyptian-pound support formerly provided through congressional appropriations. In 1997, the University received a second trust fund from USAID.

In 1993, the Board of Trustees approved a long-range plan that set University fundraising priorities for the following five years. The highest priorities were to increase annual giving and student scholarships and fellowships, enhance the quality of academic programs through the acquisition of chairs and professorships, build the endowment for library acquisitions, and obtain funding for the University’s newest facility: the Falaki Academic Center. The new center provides much needed classroom and laboratory space as well as theaters and galleries for art students’ performances and exhibitions.

In 1998, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a 260-acre area outside of downtown Cairo that will be the site of a new, integrated campus for AUC. Plans are underway to design and build this new facility.

Scholarships and Fellowships

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In addition to scholarships and financial aid provided by the University, many individuals and corporations have demonstrated their commitment to higher education in Egypt by establishing scholarships and fellowships at AUC. Eligible students may apply at the Office of Student Financial Affairs.

Annual scholarships and fellowships are made possible through donors who contribute support each year to partially cover the tuition of one or more undergraduate and/or graduate student(s):

  • AUC Faculty and Staff Public School Scholarship: established in 2005 to support an Egyptian public school graduate.
  • Ayman Korra Public School Scholarship: established in 2005 to support one Egyptian student graduating from an Egyptian public school for a period of six years.
  • Bailey African Graduate Students Fellowship: awarded to African graduate students, with preference given to Sudanese nationals.
  • Ibrahim Shihata LL.M Fellowships: established in 2004 in memory of Dr. Ibrahim Shihata, General Counsel and Vice President of the World Bank, for deserving graduate students from Arab law schools. The LL.M Fellowships have received the generous support of Mrs. Samia Shihata ‘67, AUC Trustee Mr. Moataz Al-Alfi, Mr. Sarwat Abdel Shahid, the Al Kamel Law Office, the Shalakany Law Office and Zaki Hashem and Partners.
  • Investcorp Scholarship: established in 2001 and awarded to a Bahraini student based on academic merit and financial need.
  • Jameel MBA Fellowships: established in 2004 to provide financial assistance to Egyptian and Palestinian engineering and science graduates so that they may pursue an MBA degree at AUC.
  • Merit Scholarship for Women: awarded to an undergraduate female student in economics or science based on merit first and need second.
  • Nashwa A. H. Taher Scholarship: established in 2002 to support the education of five undergraduate female students from Palestine and other Arab Countries (excluding Egypt) who have met AUC’s academic requirements, enrolled in the University and demonstrated financial need.
  • Palestinian Scholarship Fund: established in 2002 and awarded to Palestinian students from the Occupied Territories based on financial need.
  • Public School Scholarships Fund: established in 1998 in support of outstanding undergraduate Egyptian students graduating from Egyptian public schools on the basis of academic merit and financial need.
  • BP Egypt Public School Scholarship: established in 2002 and designated for the education of an Egyptian student who has graduated from a public school in Egypt, preferably majoring in Engineering, Computer Science, Economics or Business. The student must maintain a GPA of not less than 3.5 during the course of study at AUC and having an outstanding Thanawiyya Amma score. The scholarship includes a summer internship at BP Egypt starting summer 2003.
  • BP Egypt Public School Scholarship: established in 2003 to support an Egyptian student who has graduated from a public school in Egypt. Preference is given to an undergraduate student majoring in mechanical engineering or environmental engineering. BP Egypt will offer the recipient an internship in the summer.
  • BP Egypt Public School Scholarship: established in 2005 to support an Egyptian student who has graduated from a public school in Egypt. Preference is given to an undergraduate student majoring in business administration. The student must maintain a GPA of not less than 3.5 during the course of study at AUC and having an outstanding Thanawiyya Amma score. The scholarship includes a summer internship at BP Egypt.
  • Egyptian American Bank Public School Scholarship: established in 2003 and awarded to an Egyptian public school student majoring in business administration or the humanities. EAB will offer the recipient an internship in the summer.
  • Egyptian American Bank Public School Scholarship: established in 2005 to be awarded to a deserving Egyptian public school student.
  • General Motors Egypt Public School Scholarships: established in 2005 to be awarded to one male and one female student from Egyptian public schools.
  • Globeleq Public School Scholarship: established in 2005 to be awarded to students from Egyptian public schools.
  • Lockheed Martin Public School Scholarship: established in 2004 to support deserving students who have graduated from public schools in Egypt.
  • Mary Cross Public School Scholarship: supports one PSSF student scholarship for five years.
  • Piraeus Bank Scholarship: established in 2005 to support a student of Greek origin.
  • Piraeus Bank Public School Scholarship: established in 2005 and designated for students who have graduated from public schools in Egypt.
  • Khaled Shaheen Palestinian Scholarship Fund: established in 2005 to provide support to five outstanding Palestinian undergraduate students.
  • Suad Husseini Juffali Scholarship: established in 2005 to provide financial support for four years to one deserving Palestinian student from Palestine and/or the Occupied Territories.
  • Theodore Cross Public School Scholarship: supports the education of two public school students for up to five years each.

Endowed scholarships and fellowships provide in perpetuity financial aid to deserving students. They are made possible by donations from many individuals, corporations and foundations committed to higher education in Egypt. These donations are placed in income-producing funds, with the income used every year to help support one or more student(s).

  • Ahmed Arafa Public School Scholarship: established in 2005 by members of the Ahmed Arafa family in memory of Major General Ahmed Arafa to support deserving students from Egypt’s public schools.
  • ABB SUSA Scholarship: established in 1994 and awarded to a student majoring in construction engineering and who is also on the Dean’s Honor List.
  • Moataz Al-Alfi Scholarship: established in 1998 by AUC Trustee Moataz Al-Alfi. It is awarded to an undergraduate Egyptian student enrolled in marketing courses.
  • Mohammad Abughazaleh Palestinian Scholarship: established in 2006 to provide support to five deserving and talented students from the Occupied Territories.
  • American Chamber of Commerce Scholarship: established in 1991 and awarded to an Egyptian student majoring in business administration, management or economics, and based on academic merit and financial need.
  • Armenian Evangelical Congregational Church of Cairo Scholarship Fund: established in 1999 through funds generated from the sale of the Armenian Church in Cairo. The scholarship is awarded to worthy graduate or undergraduate students of Armenian origin who are in need of financial assistance.
  • AT&T Scholarship: established in 1987 and awarded to Egyptian students majoring in engineering or computer science.
  • AUC Alumni Scholarships: established in 1983 by the International Alumni Council with collective gifts from AUC alumni in the Middle East, the United States, and Canada, and awarded to Egyptian and Arab children of AUC alumni.
  • Mohamed El Beleidy Scholarship: established in 1985 by Dr. Mostafa El Beleidy in memory of his father to support an Egyptian student demonstrating academic merit and financial need.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Scholarship: established in 1985 and later increased in 1989. It provides financial assistance to Egyptian students demonstrating academic merit and financial need.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Egypt Scholarship: established in 1997 and awarded to students based on academic merit and financial need.
  • British Petroleum Scholarship: established in 1990 and awarded to a senior student majoring in business administration and demonstrating academic excellence. Preference is given to students demonstrating financial need.
  • David Vernon Bullough Scholarship: established by Mr. and Mrs. Bullough in memory of their son. It is awarded to Egyptian students demonstrating academic merit and financial need.
  • Cairo Barclays Scholarship: established in 1987 and awarded to Egyptian students majoring in either business administration or computer science and demonstrating academic merit and financial need.
  • Citibank Egypt Scholarship: established in 1985 and awarded to a junior or senior Egyptian student majoring in either business administration or computer science who demonstrates leadership qualities and academic standing.
  • Colgate-Palmolive Scholarship: established in 1987 to provide financial support for an Egyptian student.
  • DHL Egypt Scholarship: established in 1986 and awarded to an Egyptian student majoring in business administration. The recipient has the opportunity to intern at the DHL office in Cairo during the summer.
  • Dow Chemical Scholarship: established in 1986 and awarded to Egyptian students majoring in either chemistry or engineering on the basis of financial need.
  • Egyptian American Bank Scholarship: established in 1988 and awarded to a student majoring in business administration and demonstrating academic merit and financial need.
  • Galal El Zorba Public School Scholarship: established in 2003 to support an outstanding student who has graduated from an Egyptian public school.
  • Ghaleb El Farouki Scholarship: established in 1986 to support a Palestinian student who demonstrates financial need.
  • General Electric Scholarship: established in 1984 to provide financial support for Egyptian students demonstrating academic merit and financial need.
  • John and Marguerite Harbert Scholarship: established in 1985 by the late AUC Trustee John M. Harbert III and Mrs. Harbert and awarded to an Egyptian student.
  • Alton and Barbara Harvill Scholarship: established in 1990 and awarded to an American student.
  • Wafiya El Hassany Scholarships: established in 1976 by AUC alumna, Mrs. Wafiya El Hassany, and awarded on the basis of merit and need to one male Egyptian student and one female student, with priority given to Palestinian women.
  • Douglas Horton Scholarship: established in 1985 by the Horton family and friends in memory of Mr. Douglas Horton who served as Chairman of the AUC Board of Trustees from 1944 to 1961. It provides financial support for an Egyptian student demonstrating academic merit and financial need.
  • IBM Scholarship: established in 1990 to support Egyptian students.
  • Johnson & Johnson Scholarship: established in 1990 and awarded to management students demonstrating academic merit and financial need.
  • Thomas A. Lamont Scholarship: established in 1998 by the Board of Trustees and friends of Dr. Thomas Lamont in his memory. Dr. Lamont served AUC with distinction, both in his capacity as teacher and as senior administrator, from 1975 to 1998. The scholarship is offered to senior students majoring in English and Comparative Literature whose performance for the first three years demonstrates outstanding ability and excellent academic achievement.
  • Dr. Akef El Maghraby Public School Scholarship: awarded to talented students from Egyptian public schools.
  • Mansour Group Fellowship (formerly MANTRAC): established in 1989 and awarded on a merit basis to a master’s degree candidate in business administration.
  • Ashraf Marwan Scholarship: established in 1995 and awarded to an Egyptian student demonstrating academic merit and financial need.
  • R. D. Matthews Scholarship: established in 1986 in honor of the first four Americans who taught at AUC for a two-year term during the 1920’s: Mr. Roderic Matthews, Mr. Ralph Douglas, Dr. Earl Moser, and Dr. Herbert Vandersall. It provides financial assistance to Egyptian students.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships: established in 1999 and awarded to American graduate students enrolled in the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program.
  • Mahmoud Muftah Scholarship: established by INCOGUM in 1989 in memory of its marketing manager, Mahmoud Muftah. It is awarded to an Egyptian student majoring in business administration.
  • Nadia Niazi Mostafa Fellowship in Islamic Art and Architecture: established in 2001 and awarded to a second year Egyptian student enrolled in the graduate program of the Arabic Studies department with a specialization in Islamic Art and Architecture based on academic merit and financial need.
  • Simpson Scholarships for the Junior Year Abroad Program in Egyptology: the scholarship is awarded for academic achievement and provides five awards to juniors and seniors enrolled in the Year Abroad Program in Egyptology.
  • Taher Family Scholarships: established in 2005 to support Palestinian students who reside in Palestine but who have met AUC’s academic requirements, have enrolled in the University and demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to those who intend to return to Palestine after graduation or engage in some future occupation which would assist in the economic development of the area.
  • Youssef Nabih Scholarship: established in 1986 to provide financial support for students who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.
  • Youssef Nabih Scholarship in Accounting: established in 2004 to provide financial support for the graduating senior with the highest grade point average in the accounting department.
  • Parents Association (PA) Scholarship: established by the 1997-1999 PA board to provide support for junior or senior students who face emergency situations and financial crisis during the course of their study at AUC.
  • PepsiCo Scholarship: initially established in 1982 and later increased in 1991 to support an Egyptian student majoring in business administration or marketing on the basis of academic merit and financial need.
  • Philip Morris Mansour Group Scholarship: awarded to students enrolled in the Center for Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) program who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.
  • P&G Scholarship: established in 1998 and awarded on a financial need basis.
  • RAM Scholarship: established by an anonymous donor in 1984 and awarded to a Palestinian student majoring in engineering or computer science.
  • Raytheon Scholarship: established in 1986 and awarded to an Egyptian student in the engineering department.
  • Hayel Saeed Endowed Scholarship: established in 1994 by alumnus Hayel Saeed in commemoration of AUC’s 75th anniversary. It is awarded to Egyptian students on the basis of academic merit and financial need.
  • Hayel Saeed Scholarship: established in 2004 and awarded to students of Yemeni origin.
  • Santa Fe International Scholarship: established in 1995 and awarded to Egyptian students majoring in the humanities or social sciences.
  • Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowships: established in 1992 to support graduate students in economics, public administration, the social sciences or the humanities.
  • Dr. Abdel Hamid El Sawy Scholarship: established in 1984 by Dr. and Mrs. Abdel Hamid El Sawy, AUC alumni, to provide financial assistance to Muslim Egyptian students.
  • Dr. Aboul Fetouh Shahine Scholarship: established in 1986 by Mohamed, Hussein and Hassan Shahine in memory of their father and awarded to Egyptian students.
  • Shell Scholarship: established in 1995 and awarded to an Egyptian student demonstrating academic merit and financial need.
  • Sheta Scholarship: established in 1982 by Mohamed and Mona Sheta, the parents of two AUC alumni, to provide financial assistance to Egyptian students.
  • Georgiana Stevens Scholarship: established in 1982 by Mrs. Georgiana Stevens as a reflection of her deep interest in the Middle East and Cairo. It is awarded to Egyptian students.
  • Stone & Webster Scholarship: established in 1985 to provide Egyptian students with financial support.
  • Roger E. Tamraz Scholarship: established in 1981 by former AUC Trustee, Roger Tamraz, and awarded to an Egyptian student.
  • Torgersen Scholarship: established in 1992 to provide financial assistance to Egyptian students in the sciences on a need basis.
  • Warner-Lambert Scholarship: established in 1986 and awarded to students who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.
  • Dr. and Mrs. A. Livingston Warnshuis Scholarship: established in 1987 in memory of Dr. and Mrs. A. Livingston and Ms. M. Chambers Warnshuis by family members to provide financial assistance to students demonstrating academic merit and financial need, with preference given to students from Africa and India.
  • Xerox Egypt Scholarship: established in 1994 and awarded to Egyptian students.
  • Xerox Foundation Scholarship: established in 1986 and later increased in 1991 to provide financial support for both Egyptian and foreign students.
  • Yasmina Scholarship: established in 1989 and awarded to Egyptian students.
  • John and Gail Gerhart Public School Scholarship Fund: established in 2002 in honor of Dr. John Gerhart, President of AUC from 1998-2002. Support is designated for students who have graduated from public schools in Egypt.
  • GlobalSantaFe Corporation Public School Scholarship: established in 2001 and awarded based on academic merit and financial need to outstanding engineering students who have graduated from Egyptian public schools.


Special Awards

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Contributions from donors provide a number of endowed and annual awards. Eligible students may apply at the departments where these awards are offered.

  • Mohamed El Beleidy Academic Award: a cash award presented at each commencement ceremony to the graduating senior with the highest grade-point average.
  • Beatrice and Roger Carlson Prize: a cash prize awarded to a female student who has demonstrated academic excellence. The prize money is to be used for the purchase of books.
  • Tewfick Pasha Doss Award: an annual award given alternately to the best graduate thesis in English and Comparative Literature and Political Science.
  • J. Duggan Memorial Fund: the award is directed towards providing training and development for library staff.
  • Ahmed Fakhry Award in Egyptology: a cash award presented to the most outstanding junior majoring in Egyptology.
  • Leila Fawaz Award in Arabic Studies: established in 2005 to be awarded to the best paper written by undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Arabic Studies that deal with Eastern Mediterranean History.
  • Abdulla Mohamed Lamloum Prize: a cash award given to the highest-ranking graduating senior in economics.
  • Dr. Abdel Rahman El Sawy Award: an award in the name of Dr. Abdel Rahman El Sawy presented twice a year at the commencement ceremonies to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average in the Engineering department and who has been a Public School Scholarship Fund (PSSF) scholarship recipient.
  • Madalyn Lamont Memorial Prize: a cash award presented to students with an outstanding creative achievement in poetry, drama, fiction or essay-writing.
  • Ahmed El Mehallawi Family Award: a cash award presented twice a year at each commencement ceremony to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellent academic achievement and is enrolled in extracurricular activities that include community service.
  • Anand Mehta Award: an award to support Egyptian students participating in Model United Nations (MUN) conferences abroad.
  • Magda Al-Nowaihi Award: established in 2003 in memory of Magda Al-Nowaihi, an alumna of AUC (1978) and Associate Professor of Arabic Literature at Columbia University, and awarded yearly to an MA graduate whose thesis focuses on gender relations in any of the disciplines within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Nadia Niazi Mostafa Award: an award presented to the winner of the best thesis in the Islamic Art & Architecture program.
  • Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature: established in 1997 to reflect the commitment of the AUC Press to bringing the best Arabic literature to the attention of the widest possible foreign audience. Awarded annually by the AUC Press on December 11, the date of Naguib Mahfouz’s birthday, to the best contemporary novel published in Arabic. The award consists of a silver medal and a cash prize.
  • Parents Association Cup: a cup awarded twice yearly at the commencement ceremonies to a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement as well as a major contribution to student activities.
  • Parents Association Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award: the winner is nominated by AUC faculty, alumni, parents, and students and is presented with a cash award in recognition of his or her excellence in undergraduate teaching.
  • President’s Cup: a cup awarded twice yearly at commencement to the student or students achieving the highest grade point average during their years of study at the University.
  • Reda Salama Prize: two cash prizes awarded annually to the best literature and best science students in the Center for Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) Secondary-School Program.
  • Samiha El Barkouky Award in Egyptology: to be awarded to an academically deserving graduating senior majoring in Egyptology who has a GPA of 3.3 or above.
  • Frank G. Wisner Award for Scholarly Excellence: a cash award given annually to a graduate student who writes the best thesis on a topic related to modern Egypt.
  • Dr. Hamed Kamal Eldin Award: a merit award in the name of the late Dr. Hamed Kamal Eldin for the best graduation project in the Professional Program in Project Management.
  • Nadia Younes Award for Public and Humanitarian Service: established in 2004 in memory of Nadia Younes, to recognize the graduating senior who has exhibited the most commitment to community and humanitarian service.
  • Ahmed H. Zewail Prize for Excellence: a cash award given twice yearly at commencement to an honors graduate whose academic accomplishments demonstrate extraordinary commitment to the pursuit of scientific inquiry and the affirmation of human values.

 

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