University Scholarship Program

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University Scholarship Program

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The Foundation, through the generosity of the many Christians in the U.S., is holding the 'doors of opportunity' open for the Christian community in the Holy Land especially in the field of higher education.

The Foundation began giving scholarships to worthy students in 1997 in spite of these troubled times of conflict in the Holy Land.
To date, over 130 scholarship grants have been given out at a cost of over 1.4 million dollars.

Fr. Pizzaballa, Chairman of FFHL and Custos of the Holy Land, consistently stresses the importance of securing a college education for our marginalized Christian youth. He believes that with a degree in hand, they will be able to secure employment and become a productive member, not only, of society but of their Christian community.” More and more opportunities will be available for our young people in the future if they can graduate from the university.

Goals of the Foundation

To provide academic scholarship's for talented but underprivileged Christian students. Initially, the program aspired to award 75 full scholarships and 50 partial scholarships for a total of $1,000,000. This goal was reached in 2005.

Current Statistics

  1. Presently we have sponsored over 147 students in various universities in the Holy Land with an investment of over 1.6 million dollars.
  2. The year 2008 saw the sixth graduating class of the Foundation's sponsored scholars - over 65% have found professional employment! Of the remaining, most are young women who chose to get married and raise families.

Support a Student

The Foundation has been able to provide excellent opportunities for Christian students in the Holy Land through the generosity of people like you. But there are still many more students who need our help! A full scholarship for 4 years is $24,000 ($6,000 a year).

You can sponsor a student by donating any amount! Just click on Donations above and specify scholarship funds for your gift!

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