2017 AUAF Scholarship Recipients

Jan. 10

AUAF values education and the role it plays in helping young Assyrians build a better future for themselves and their community. As the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Assyrian American higher education, we have awarded more than a million dollars in scholarships over the years.

Here are our scholarship award recipients from 2017:


Amanda Slefo, Northeastern Illinois University

With the support of the AUAF, Amanda Slefo obtained her ELL endorsement from Northeastern Illinois University. She tutors recent immigrants and refugees at the AUAF.


Rashel Pakbaz, University of Cambridge

Rashel Pakbaz is a PhD student. Her goal as a researcher at Cambridge is to collect, document, and examine ancient and modern Assyrian music in order to identify the ways in which it helps preserve the Assyrian ethnic identity.

Nenous Thabet, University of Baghdad 

Nenous Thabet is a young Assyrian artist from the Nineveh Plain in Iraq. After escaping ISIS, and later returning to help rebuild his hometown, Nenous plans to attend art school in Baghdad, Iraq. Learn more here.

Khoyada Scholarship 

We were proud to partner with the Iraq-based Chaldo-Assyrian Student Union, commonly known as Khoyada, to present $4,000 in scholarships to top Assyrian high school graduates in northern Iraq: Nataliya Sabah Shaya, Lara Hikmat Khaleel, Isha Ismaeel Isha, Georges Marqus Eramia, Ator Tawr, and Rafil Aamir Goryel. Details here.