• About Us

    The Amal Foundation seeks to bring Amal, the Arabic word for hope, to refugees and their host communities by supporting youth to access education and realize their potential. Its signature project is the Jusoor-Amal Scholarship Fund, which mobilizes U.S. college students to stand in solidarity with refugees while providing university scholarships for Syrian refugees in Jordan.


    The Amal Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All contributions are tax-deductible. Documents of incorporation are available upon request.


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  • Our Work

    The Jusoor-Amal

    Scholarship Fund

    The Jusoor-Amal Scholarship Fund mobilizes U.S. college students to stand in solidarity with refugees while providing university scholarships for Syrian refugees in Jordan.


    The Fund currently targets Syrian refugee youth living in Za'atari Refugee Camp who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and leadership.


    In its next phase, the Fund will expand to include refugee youth leaders of all nationalities living outside Za'atari Camp in the urban areas of Jordan.

    Higher education helps Syrian youth rebuild their lives and work towards a better future.


    A full scholarship for a four year degree at a nearby Jordanian university costs only $16,000. That's only $4,000 a year.


    Founded and directed by students, the Amal Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which engages U.S. students in fundraising and awareness efforts, bringing a refugee voice to U.S. campuses and bridging the gap between the two communities. The Jusoor-Amal Scholarship Fund is implemented in partnership with Jusoor.

    "Art in Crisis" Exhibitions

    The Foundation works with Syrian artists living in Za'atari Refugee Camp.


    With artist community groups, the Foundation organizes art exhibitions that feature the work of Syrian refugee artists. These exhibitions share their message as well as generate income for the artists. All proceeds go directly to the artists.




    Are you interested in organizing an exhibition in your community?

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  • The Jusoor-Amal Scholarship Fund

    Hope for Syrian Refugees in Jordan

    The Problem

    Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan is home to 80,000 Syrian refugees. Over 10,000 camp residents are youth, ages 18-24. Before war forced them from their homes, many were university students, just credits shy of completing their degrees.


    These youth are unable to pursue higher education: it’s not available in the camp, and nearby universities are prohibitively expensive.

    Who will be the doctors, teachers, engineers, and politicians rebuilding Syria if youth are unable to pursue higher education?

    The Need

    The Jusoor-Amal Scholarship Fund provides funding for refugee youth leaders to attend university in Jordan.

    A full scholarship for a four-year bachelor’s degree at a Jordanian university, including tuition, registration, books, transportation, and a living stipend costs $16,000.

    That’s only $4,000 a year!

    The Response

    The Jusoor-Amal Scholarship Fund mobilizes U.S. students to stand in solidarity with refugees through fundraising and awareness. Its partner, Jusoor, is a nonprofit dedicated to Syrian youth development and a leader in higher education access.


    With this support, Syrian refugees in Za’atari attend Jordanian universities and U.S. students develop leadership skills as global citizens, while giving back to fellow students in need.


    Both communities engage in dialogue through virtual cultural exchange, building bridges of mutual understanding. Together, they are the next generation of global leaders.

    The Hope

    The hope - amal - is that you will join us and invest in the next generation of Syrian leaders.


    The Amal Foundation seeks…

    • Students, academic institutions, and community groups to fundraise a full or partial scholarship.

    • Private donors to amplify student fundraising with match grants.

    • Passionate individuals to support student campaigns.

  • Meet the Current Students

    Jusoor Amal Scholarship Recipients


    2016-2017 Scholarship Recipient


    Nawar, a 28-year old student living in Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, was born and raised in Dara’a, Syria. The oldest of six, Nawar fled with her family to Jordan in 2012.


    Nawar quickly became an active leader in Za’atari. She now splits her time between heading a leadership program for adolescent girls and volunteering with an inclusive theater program for children with disabilities.


    With this scholarship, Nawar is pursuing a degree in English Language and Literature at Zarqa University in Jordan, with the aim of pursuing a career in international relations. Nawar hopes to use her education to serve her family, community, and country.



    2016-2017 Scholarship Recipient

    Yasin, a 27-year old resident of Za’atari Refugee Camp, also hails from Dara’a, Syria. Yasin was newly married when the war broke out; he and his family fled to safety in Jordan in 2013.


    In Za’atari, Yasin is a youth leader dedicated to community service. He has worked in an informal education program for children and spends his free time volunteering. He organizes community events with his youth group and volunteers as a mentor for children with disabilities. With this scholarship, Yasin is pursuing a degree in Management Information Systems at Zarqa University, which blends his interests in management and technology.


  • Apply

    The application to the Jusoor-Amal Scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year is currently closed, and will reopen June 2018.

  • Will you invest in

    the next generation of Syrian leaders?

    Support the Jusoor-Amal Scholarship Fund today!

    Donate online here or by check addressed to:

    The Amal Foundation

    28 York Terrace, Brookline MA 02446


    Set up your own team on Crowdrise to fundraise with your community!


    Thank you for your support!

    All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

  • Student Partners

    Meet the university communities helping their fellow students in need

    Carroll University

    Social Justice League
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    Fairfield University

    Hamilton College

    Muslim Students Association
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    John Hopkins University

    Princeton University

    Princeton Clay Project & Princeton Refugee Project

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    Support their campaign!

    University of Pennsylvania

    Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerment (PURE)

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    Wesleyan University

  • Meet Our Team

    We are a student-led organization. Our leadership team worked with refugee youth in Jordan’s capital city, Amman, and in the Za’atari Refugee Camp. We had the privilege of meeting inspiring young people whose education had been cut short; along with them, we grew frustrated by the lack of opportunity and sought to respond.

    Maya Perlmann


    Maya is a Master's in Social Work candidate at the Boston College School of Social Work. She worked in Jordan for three years; most recently, she managed a higher education program with urban refugees in Amman.

    Julie Whittaker


    Julie is pursuing a Master's in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. Julie worked for three years in Jordan, including two years in Za'atari Refugee Camp where she led community building, education, and skills development programs.

    Erin Wall

    Board Member

    Erin is pursuing a Master's in International Educational Development at the University of Pennsylvania. She lived in Jordan for three years, working first as a teacher and then as a higher education program facilitator.

    Biff Parker-Magyar

    Board Member

    Elizabeth is a Master's in International Economics and Middle East Studies candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. Elizabeth lived in Jordan for two years, most recently as a reporter alongside young Syrian journalists at a website providing original and immediate analysis of the Syrian conflict from Amman.

    Alison Thompson

    Board Member

    Alison has a background in the public health and social service sectors, with experience working in the United States, Canada, and throughout the Middle East. She has experience in refugee resettlement, program management, and education.

    Aya Ghannam

    Advisory Committee Member

    Aya is a civil engineering student at the University of Jordan in Amman. A recipient of the 2014 DAFI Scholarship, Aya was studying at Damascus University in Syria prior to fleeing to Jordan with her family.

    Abdulrahman al-Masri

    Board Member

    Abdulrahman, a native of Damascus, Syria, is pursuing a degree in political science and international relations at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Abdulrahman works as a journalist covering politics and events in the Middle East and Syria in particular.

    Cole Phillips

    Student Mentor

    Cole is currently a Fulbright Research Fellow in Jordan, where he researches the links between economic underdevelopment and political unrest in rural areas of Jordan. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Government and certificates in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations.

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