Ahmed Receives Fund for Education Abroad

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON – Isabel Ahlam Ahmed ’25, a Bard College student majoring jointly in film production and human rights, has received a scholarship from Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) for the spring 2024 semester. Ahmed is one of 66 undergraduates from around the country selected by 88 volunteer reviewers who scored 1,466 applications over three review phases, and with FEA’s American University in Cairo (AUC) Access Partner Scholarship, she will attend AUC via the longstanding tuition exchange between AUC and Bard.

“As a first generation college student, I feel extremely proud and honored to be one of 66 people receiving an FEA scholarship,” Ahmed said. “For many students like me, the financial burden is a huge reason we are afraid to even consider going abroad, so receiving the FEA allows me to fully experience my excitement and plans. In addition to this, it also provides an FEA community of scholars and alumni to connect with, which has already made this process feel better supported, and I know it will feel even better to have access to this community while studying in Cairo.”

The Fund for Education Abroad supports US students with financial need who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. FEA aims to make life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting students of color, community college, and first-generation college students. Of the 66 scholars awarded this application cycle, 90% identify as students of color and 39% identify as LGBTQ+. Males make up 32% of Spring 2024 Scholars; female, 64%; and non-binary, 4.5%. Additionally, 88% are first-generation college students, 30% are current or former community college students, and 67% have never left the US.

Since its inception in 2010, FEA has awarded more than $3.4 million in scholarships to more than 1,090 scholars, and supports students before, during, and after their study abroad experience with scholarships and programming.

“We are grateful to all of FEA’s supporters, donors, and partners who make study abroad scholarships possible,” said Angela Schaffer, the FEA executive director. “FEA is excited to be a part of the Spring 2024 Scholars’ international education journeys.”

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