The power of education
With each and every gift towards the LAU Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner, corporations, alumni, and friends of our university make dreams a reality for so many deserving students. As a result, youth from all over Lebanon and the region have the privilege to pursue a high-quality education that equips them with the knowledge, skills, and experiences that ultimately allow them to fulfill their wildest ambitions whether it is to become an engineer or conduct research at the PhD-level. This is all thanks to the support of generous donations to our galas each year.
See our students’ success in action…
Christelle, Political Science/International Affairs student
Distinguished List student Christelle Barakat is not your typical high achiever. Having just completed her second year at LAU pursuing a BA in political science/international affairs, she has managed to not only maintain stellar grades, but also be passionately involved in a number of activities, clubs and initiatives that take up a massive slice of her already hectic schedule.
From founding and running LAU’s Book Club and serving as treasurer of the International Affairs Club, to training middle school students participating in the Model Arab League and playing active roles in the Model UN, Christelle is no stranger to burning the midnight oil.
Barakat’s impressive achievements on and off campus largely stem from LAU’s emphasis on shaping well-rounded leaders, but she also thanks her access to the university environment, which was initially outside her reach. “Scholarships and financial aid were the reason I was able to consider attending LAU in the first place,” says Barakat, who values these opportunities, and especially the work-study dimension of financial aid, which she says has sharpened her skillset.
Hussein, MD student
First-year M.D. student Hussein Noureldine is well on his way to becoming a doctor. Having successfully completed his B.S. in Biology at LAU in 2018, he is now preparing to become a practicing clinician as well as a professional in academia. “A scholar and an educator are in my long-term goals since contributing to science and education is the best way to achieve a remarkable change in society,” says Hussein who explains that he ultimately wants to touch the lives of many in his society including patients and their families.
His drive to give back to society started in high school when he began to appreciate medicine and the biological sciences. “Combining my love for science and helping people in need really propelled me into the medical field,” he says.
During his time at LAU, Hussein has learned to hold on to his dreams that were ignited in high school. “I learned from LAU to never lose hope and pursue your dreams no matter how farfetched they seem, and that helping others is an essential part of everyone’s life,” he explains.
In addition to providing the encouragement and coaching to ensure he makes it as a doctor, LAU has given Hussein the financial means to do so by significantly funding his studies both for his undergraduate degree and for his MD studies that he is currently pursuing.
Perla, Civil Engineering student
Perla Silva is a fourth-year student pursuing a civil engineering degree at LAU. Exhibiting an aptitude for math and physics, coupled with a penchant for Lego structures, she is already looking to the future and has big plans for after she graduates in fall 2019.
”First, I’ll gain practical work experience and then I will seek higher education to develop knowledge in a particular area, which will most likely be earthquake engineering,” says Perla, who attributes her curiosity of civil engineering to the time she learned about the megastructure towers that exist in Shanghai, China.
In addition to pursing graduate studies, she sees herself making a big impact internationally. “I have always wanted to be part of United Nations (UN) and United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA),” she explains, adding that she hopes to one day apply for a civil engineering post within those organizations.
Perla will no doubt reach her goals given her drive and determination, coupled with LAU’s rigorous curriculum. However, equally important is the crucial financial support she receives. “I really appreciate the scholarships and aid I received, especially since my parents could not afford the tuition fees,” she says.