• 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?

    Email here

  • Who We Are

    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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    For more information, please contact us at amalscholarshipfund@gmail.com

  • The Jusoor-Amal Scholarship Fund

    Hope for 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 Syrian refugee youth leaders to attend a Jordanian university.

    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 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

  • Student Stories

    Meet Syrian students making a difference in their community,

    and seeking higher education for a better future

    Ismail

    29 years old

    With boundless energy and a contagious smile, Ismail is a prominent Syrian youth leader in Za’atari Refugee Camp. Despite the heartache and frustration of life in the camp, Ismail leads the Syrian Youth Committee, a network that runs community service projects, ranging from remedial education for children to recreational activities for the disabled and elderly to theater performances for all the community. He is an inspiring example of Syria’s potential – a smart and passionate leader committed to the service of others. Ismail’s biggest hope is to continue his education.

     

    Before fleeing Syria in November 2012, Ismail had nearly completed his a degree in French Literature at the University of Damascus. Now, far from home in Za’atari camp, Ismail feels his future on hold as he waits for an opportunity to return to university.

     

    “My community needs educated people, and I want to help. There are so many young people like me, whose education was cut short. We all want to study, we all need to study, in order to rebuild Syria.”

     

    Ismail has advocated for higher education to ensure Syria’s youth are equipped to be leaders in their present community and a future Syria. Yet as the crisis drags into its fifth year, he’s still waiting.

    Rana

    19 years old

    Rana* energetically reads a fairytale to a class of fourth graders in Za’atari Refugee Camp. Rana designed this ‘Moving Library’ project, in which Syrian youth volunteers lead reading activities during student free periods. In the midst of the busy refugee camp and crowded classroom, all eyes are on her.

     

    She designed this project with the Syrian Youth Committee, a network of youth leaders, to motivate students with an engaging school environment and foster their love of reading and learning. A passionate youth leader within the camp, Rana is focused on supporting children’s education.

     

    Yet, she herself is unable to continue her education. Rana had just finished high school when war destroyed her home and sent her family fleeing to Jordan. Her dreams of going to university were dashed, her future put on hold.

     

    Without opportunities for higher education, she worries if she and her fellow youth will ever be able to achieve these dreams – if they will ever be able to rebuild the home they love in Syria. As Rana continues to support the education of others, she can’t help but wonder – who will support her?

     

    *name has been changed by request

    Emad

    25 years old

    Emad is truly a jack of all trades in Za’atari Camp. In the morning you’ll find him canvassing the camp, referring vulnerable cases to hospitals as a Community Health Worker; in the afternoon he’s apt to be leading a meeting of the Syrian Youth Committee, a volunteer youth network that leads community service projects; by evening he’s likely to be belting out lead vocals in a concert or theater performance for the camp community.

     

    A true youth leader, Emad is constantly seeking new ways to use his talents in service of others. Its not always easy to stay positive though, as he takes stock of what landed him in Za’atari Camp, and what may lie ahead. Emad was in his final years of university, studying to be an X-Ray Technician, when war and violence forced him to flee with his family to Jordan.He’s been in the camp nearly four years, and has been unable to continue his education.

     

    "You know, I've been in the camp for close to four years. In that time, I could have completed a whole other degree."

     

    Emad looks to the future, and it feels lost. With all his energy and talent, Emad is already changing his community for the better. His impact, today in Za’atari and tomorrow in Syria, could be even stronger given the chance to continue his higher education.

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  • 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

    Co-Founder

    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

    Co-Founder

    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.

  • Student Partners

    Meet the university communities helping their fellow students in need

    Boston College

    Carroll University

    Fairfield University

    Attend their upcoming art gallery!

    John Hopkins University (SAIS)

    Princeton University (WWS)

    Wesleyan University

    Hamilton College

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