2017 AUAF Scholarship Recipients

Date: January 10, 2018

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
$5,500

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
$5,000

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 
$5,000

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 
$4,000

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.

 

AUAF Awards Scholarships to Top Assyrian Graduates in Northern Iraq

Date: December 20, 2017

Through community grants and scholarships, the AUAF helps Assyrian students across the globe gain the support and education they need to shape our community’s future. 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. 

Recipients of this AUAF scholarship included: 

  • Nataliya Sabah Shaya
  • Lara Hikmat Khaleel
  • Isha Ismaeel Isha
  • Georges Marqus Eramia
  • Ator Tawr
  • Rafil Aamir Goryel

These students were identified as the top high school graduates of the 2016-2017 academic school year, and are now enrolled at various universities across Iraq. It is our hope that the scholarships awarded would encourage these students to continue to excel as they pursue higher levels of education. 

The scholarships were presented at Khoyada's anniversary party held in Alqosh, Nineveh Plain on December 9, 2017. The AUAF also recently presented a $5,000 scholarship to Assyrian artist Nenous Thabet, who plans to pursue artistic studies in Baghdad next year.