American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) announced today a new scholarship program that will cover full tuition and dormitory fees through graduation for students from all of Iraq’s 19 governorates. Student recipients will be named AUIS National Scholars and receive special recognition in their home governorates upon selection. A total of 40 scholarships will be awarded to two students from each governorate, with two additional scholarships designated for Baghdad. Recipients must be Iraqi citizens who graduated from high school during the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 academic years and received a score of 90% or above on the Baccalaureate examination or an equivalent score on an international examination. The scholarship is only available to new students applying to AUIS for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. “At AUIS, we welcome students from diverse geographic backgrounds who enrich the learning experience for all our students,” said AUIS President Bruce Walker Ferguson. “The new AUIS National Scholarships provide excellent students from across Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, regardless of their family finances, with the opportunity to develop the academic background and critical-thinking skills necessary to succeed in their professional and personal lives.” Operated for the public benefit, AUIS is the first non-governmental, not-for-profit, American-style university in Iraq. Founded in 2007, it is also the first non-governmental university in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to be accredited by both the federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. It is the only certified member in Iraq of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities. The University welcomes students from diverse communities throughout Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. For more information on this scholarship or to learn more about studying at AUIS, visit our website at http://auis.edu.krd/.
American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) announced today the launch of a new scholarship campaign to raise money to provide students from diverse communities across Iraq with access to higher education. The new campaign, called “We Share the Future,” will be provided with its initial funding through a generous donation from Acuity International, a conglomerate with a long-standing presence in Iraq through its subsidiaries Sallyport International, Janus international, and Comprehensive Health Services (currently operating as Caliburn International, LLC). “Recipients of the scholarships not only have their lives change, but their families’ lives change for the better,” according to AUIS President Bruce Walker Ferguson. “The investment in an educated workforce from corporate community support is key to enabling AUIS to attract students from diverse backgrounds and creates a powerful engine both for student success and for the country’s economic growth, social benefit, and regional security,” Ferguson said. Having corporations working in Iraq like Sallyport and Janus (part of the Acuity and Caliburn family) partner with the University, provides job prospects for AUIS students upon graduation. With an initial commitment of $250,000 from Acuity International, AUIS students majoring in Engineering and Medical Laboratory Sciences who have completed one to two years of undergraduate study will be eligible for scholarships. Students in AUIS’s dual degree engineering program with the University of Arizona are also eligible for scholarship awards. Acuity International is the first company in Iraq to fund the scholarship program with several companies in the region expected to follow its lead. Acuity has previously donated to similar initiatives, including a school renovation project funded and managed by Sallyport and school supply drives. Acuity CEO Bob Stalick said, “The new scholarship program is another way we can give back to the people of Iraq, where we have worked for many years and have established deep relationships and a respect for the people.” He noted that to help build a secure and prosperous Iraq, it is critical to support the next generation who will not only have the academic and technological background, but also the critical thinking skills and a collaborative mindset to grow. AUIS graduates the kinds of students that companies doing business in Iraq should hire in order to be successful. *** To learn more about how to support the education of Iraq’s future leaders, contact AUIS VP Advancement Liza O’Connor-Stroud (US) at [email protected] American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is the first non-governmental, not-for-profit, American-style university in Iraq. Founded in 2007 and operated for the public benefit, it is also the first non-governmental university in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to be accredited by both the federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. The only certified member in Iraq of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities, (AAICU), the University welcomes students from diverse communities throughout Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. For more information, visit http://auis.edu.krd/. Acuity International (Caliburn, Sallyport, Janus, CHS) provides a continuum of services including cyber security, environmental remediation, medical management and services, construction management services and Global Mission Services among others to global government and commercial enterprises. The company has a longstanding relationship with Iraq with hundreds of employees in country and a history of charitable giving. Coverage to Note: GovCon- Caliburn International To Fund Scholarships For AUIS Students; Robert Stalick Quoted (executivegov.com) AP- https://apnews.com/press-release/business-wire/middle-east-iraq-science-health-technology-65c2fe641af94bf19f6385baad2e163e Iraq Daily Journal- http://www.iraqdailyjournal.com/storyad-z21612083 Iraq Business News- https://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2021/06/10/caliburn-donates-250k-to-american-uni-sulaimani-auis/ Yahoo Finance- UK- https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/caliburn-international-donates-250-000-170700573.html?guccounter=1 Yahoo Finance-https://finance.yahoo.com/news/caliburn-international-donates-250-000-170700573.html Morningstar- https://www.morningstar.com/news/business-wire/20210608005978/caliburn-international-donates-250000-to-american-university-of-iraq-sulaimani-auis MarketWatch- https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/caliburn-international-donates-250000-to-american-university-of-iraq-sulaimani-auis-2021-06-08
Chra, who currently works part-time as a software developer at Fastline company in Sulaimani, has an interest for programming and artificial intelligence, “I love doing programming, even though most people say it’s not a suitable job for girls, but I enjoy coding.” She said. “I’m going to use this scholarship for further education. I plan on taking a robotics class next semester,” she continues, “robotics will be a good way for me to learn more about artificial intelligence as well as putting my programming knowledge into practice.” Chra has a few classes left to complete her Information Technology studies at AUIS. The scholarship fund will cover those remaining classes. Therefore, she plans to spend the rest of the scholarship fund on IT certifications. Being a senior student, she is looking into acquiring new skills to help her career after graduation. “Many jobs now require certifications, these will also help me in graduate school.” AUIS taught me to make my decisions based on reason. When Chra first joined the university, she felt overwhelmed by how challenging some of her classes were, “I wanted to give up, but I am glad I didn’t.” She said. As a senior, she is grateful for the education she received.“What I like about AUIS is its Liberal Arts program, because in order to be an educated person, you don’t only need the technical skills. You need to be able to make decisions in your social and work life. AUIS taught me to make my decisions based on reason.” The Blake and Bailey Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani is aimed to support the education of eligible students at AUIS. The Scholarship is open to students of all undergraduate programs, and is awarded on an objective and non-discriminatory basis depending on demonstrated financial need and academic merit. The $1,000 scholarship will be used to cover tuition fees, housing, and course-related expenses. The 2017 Inaugural scholarship was awarded to Chra Hussain, an Information Technology senior student at AUIS.
$250,000 gift creates a permanent funding source to support students and programs at AUIS November 7, 2017 (Sulaimani, KRG-Iraq): The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) today announced its receipt of a generous grant from the American University of Iraq Foundation, the University’s primary U.S. sponsor. The 2017 AUIF Humanities Grant reflects a new endowment at the Foundation to fund a recurring scholarship for a female student in her final year at AUIS who shows exceptional promise and is pursuing a path of study in the humanities. Each year an AUIS selection committee will consider both merit and financial need when considering potential recipients of the scholarship. The $250,000 Grant will also be used to create up to five new one-time AUIS scholarships in the current academic year for first or second year female students who show exceptional promise and a strong interest in pursuing a path or course of study in the humanities. A small portion of the Grant will go towards supporting research initiatives and activities organized by the AUIS Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS), and Kashkul, a research, translation, and cultural preservation collaborative housed at AUIS. AUIS’s President, Bruce Walker Ferguson, thanked the Foundation for its gift, as well as the anonymous donor who made the gift possible. “More than 90% of AUIS students currently receive some form of tuition discount through merit-based scholarships and sponsorship,” he noted. “In a time of economic hardship and political uncertainty, the 2017 AUIF Humanities Grant supports and engages bright, motivated students from all over Iraq and the Kurdistan Region who have the skills, knowledge and commitment to build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.” AUIS is the first non-government, not-for-profit, American-style institution of higher education in Iraq. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, it is also the first non-government university in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to be accredited by both the Federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. AUIS offers the only English as a Second Language (ESL) program in Iraq that is accredited in the United States. The University welcomes students, 35% of whom are women, from Iraq’s diverse communities, including Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, Yazidis and Christians as well as Syrian refugees. Their critical thinking skills, fluency in English, and bilingual capabilities provide AUIS graduates with excellent employment prospects in both the private and public sectors. Students who want to pursue a path in the humanities have a choice of majoring in English Literature, Journalism, or International Studies, after completing a Core Curriculum. -- ENDS -- Follow AUIS on Twitter or Facebook, or visit the University’s web site at www.auis.edu.krd, for the latest news and details about the University. If you would like to help the University and its students, please visit the American University of Iraq Foundation's giving site or contact the office of the President, [email protected] For media requests, please contact Bzhar Boskani, media and public relations adviser, at [email protected] or 964(0)770-152-1893.
The Mary E. Geyer Foundation, Inc. has awarded a tuition grant of $2,000 each to three high performing students of engineering and information technology at AUIS in 2017-18. The scholarship has been awarded to engineering major Zryan Ibrahim, and IT majors Banu Aziz and Lavin Luqman Othman. Every year, the Foundation supports rising female students at AUIS who choose an academic and career path in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Congratulating the students, Professor Roger W. Geyer, president of the Mary E. Geyer Foundation said, "Every member of our board of directors at the Mary E. Geyer foundation, Inc. is involved in evaluating scholarship candidates. They often remark how impressed they are at the academic and personal qualities of the AUIS students who apply. We are very pleased to support these students as they make their mark both personally and professionally." Zryan Ibrahim Energy Engineering “This scholarship will allow me to focus more on the most important aspects of school learning. It will inspire me in many ways to continue to help others and give something back to my community. I hope that one day I will be able to help college students achieve their goals just like the Mary E. Geyer Foundation.” An active member of the student body, Ibrahim has previously won AUIS Student of the Month for her participation in campus initiatives, community service, athletics, and her work as president of the student organization, The Action Group (TAG). She is currently a member of the AUIS Engineering Club, where she helps to organize seminars, competitions, workshops, summer internships and site visits for engineering students. Banu Aziz Information Technology Banu has volunteered and participated in several AUIS initiatives such as the Orange the World campaign against gender-based violence on campus. Winning the Geyer Foundation Scholarship has not just meant financial help, but also a step towards her future goals. “I have been congratulated by my friends for getting the tuition award, but this means a lot more: having earned the honor of winning something based entirely on merit has my father so proud. It has changed his attitude towards what it means to raise a daughter,” she says, “He is now willing to give me his blessings to continue my education abroad after graduation. Seeing how I can excel at the things I do, he is now less worried about what society thinks of a woman going too far and more excited to see how far I can go. It goes to show that empowering women in STEM does make a difference. I am really grateful for the encouragement and support provided by the Geyer Foundation to women who want to study science and technology in this region.” Lavin Luqman Othman Information Technology An IT major, Lavin is is also an active member of The Action Group (TAG) and HandCraft student clubs. She has previously volunteered for the APP Learning Centers. She enjoys programming, sketching and music in her free time. AUIS graduates, Zainab Hamid (IT), Snur Hamid (IT) and Zanwer Hassan (construction engineering), have previously been awarded scholarships from the Foundation. About the Mary E. Geyer Foundation, Inc. The Mary E. Geyer (MEG) Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, public charity corporation. Its chief mission is to identify meritorious female undergraduates and graduates who major in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields via their declared major and provide them with financial support. It is the Foundation's belief that women who are successful in these fields will improve their personal and professional lives and, in turn, increase their number in leadership roles which shape the communities they live and work in. The Foundation has been supporting AUIS undergraduate students through tuition grants since 2015. For more information please contact Roger W. Geyer, president of the Foundation and former associate professor at AUIS, at [email protected], or visit the Foundation's website or Facebook page. You can view or download the Foundation's latest newsletter below.
The American University of Iraq-Sulaimani (AUIS) announced on Wednesday (May 10) the creation of the Blake and Bailey Family Endowed Scholarship Fund to help eligible students fund their studies at the Institute. As an American soldier overseas I fell in love with the country, culture, and people of Iraq,” Mr Blake said. “We are honored to be able to provide for their continued success and noble achievements though the endowment of this scholarship fund.” Read the full story here. Read the AUIS news release about the scholarship here.
$25,000 gift creates a permanent funding source to support the education of eligible students at AUIS. May 10, 2017 (Washington D.C.): The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) today announced the establishment of the Blake and Bailey Family Endowed Scholarship Fund to support the education of eligible students at AUIS. The new scholarship was created through the generosity of a former U.S. Army officer, Francis Stanton Blake, who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. The Scholarship Fund will provide support for tuition, fees, and course-related expenses up to $1,000 per year for selected students. The Scholarship is open to students of all undergraduate programs, and will be awarded on an objective and non-discriminatory basis depending on demonstrated financial need and academic merit. The announcement was made today at an event hosted in the honor of Mr. Blake by the American University of Iraq Foundation (“Foundation”) in Washington D.C. The ceremony was attended by Foundation Board members, AUIS President Bruce W. Ferguson, and AUIS alumni, friends and supporters. The new Scholarship Fund will be maintained at the Foundation, the University’s primary U.S. fundraising affiliate. In his remarks, Mr. Blake observed: "As an American soldier overseas I fell in love with the country, culture, and people of Iraq. We are honored to be able to provide for their continued success and noble achievements though the endowment of this scholarship fund. Our hope is that through the creation of educational opportunities for future generations of Iraqi leaders and scholars we may in some small way give back to a society that has placed so much faith in the United States of America." Speaking at the occasion, President Ferguson said, “We are very grateful to the Blake family for their generous support of our students. Donations like this make our mission at AUIS possible. We hope this gift will inspire others to support an institution that is striving to educate the next generation of leaders in Iraq and its Kurdistan Region. Click here to view the eligibility and selection criteria for the scholarship. -- ENDS -- About the Donor Francis Stanton Blake served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his services. He is currently the General Manager for Home Depot Renovation Services in the United States. Blake is a dedicated philanthropist, accomplished entrepreneur, and proud husband and father. About the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani Established in 2007, AUIS is an independent, not-for-profit university dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching and research. Its comprehensive liberal arts education develops leaders who make a difference in Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, and the wider region. Reflecting Sulaimani’s location at an international crossroads, the University’s 1,600 students and 240 faculty and staff include Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, Ezidis and Christians, who live and study together in a culture that fosters critical thinking, tolerance, and community involvement. About the American University of Iraq Foundation The Foundation is a US-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a distinguished Board. It serves as the steward of US private donations raised on behalf of the University. To contribute, please visit the Foundation's gift site. Follow AUIS on Twitter or Facebook for latest news and details of our academic programs. For English language and international media, please contact Mehr Zahra, director of communications, at [email protected] or 964(0)772-339-9305. For Kurdish and Arabic media requests, please contact Bzhar Boskani, media and public relations adviser, at [email protected] or 964(0)770-152-1893.
Press Release IMMDF, AUIS Announce New Scholarship Program Students to be trained in development finance relevant to the region February 6, 2017 - Sulaimani (KRG, Iraq): The Iraq Middle Market Development Fund (IMMDF) will provide two full year scholarships for students interested in and committed to development, finance, business and entrepreneurship at The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). The partnership agreement was signed at AUIS today in a ceremony attended by officials from IMMDF, AUIS faculty members and students, and the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil. The agreement was signed by IMMDF General Manager Jorge Vila and AUIS President Bruce Walker Ferguson. The U.S. Consul General Ken Gross was also in attendance. Through this partnership, IMMDF will deliver a five-week credit seminar on principles of development finance, free of charge, to AUIS students. The goal of the seminar is for AUIS students to learn business skills relevant to employers and for IMMDF to increase the level of development finance expertise in the region. Two students who perform exceptionally well throughout the course will receive a full scholarship, funded by IMMDF, for their final year of study at AUIS. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Vila said, “AUIS and IMMDF have been cooperating for a long time. AUIS students were among the first to join IMMDF’s Internship Program in 2012. We are delighted at this new opportunity to increase our cooperation with AUIS and we look forward to sharing with AUIS students the lessons learnt by IMMDF through our 11 years financing Iraqi small and medium size companies to create employment and economic growth.” “This innovative university-industry partnership adds depth to the AUIS curriculum in ways that will greatly benefit the region,” said President Ferguson at the signing ceremony. “By developing our students’ skills in vitally needed areas, the new program helps to build local capabilities that address urgent development needs. We commend IMMDF for its generous support of our students and for its creative approach to meeting the challenges that confront Iraq and its Kurdistan region.” - ENDS - The Iraq Middle Market Development Foundation (IMMDF) was created in 2004 to finance projects of Iraqi private small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) that generate employment and economic growth in Iraq. IMMDF has been financing SMEs in Iraq since 2005 to the tune of US$ 120 million, disbursing loans to a total of 53 Iraqi companies and in the process creating nearly 2,000 direct jobs and many thousands indirect jobs at suppliers and clients of IMMDF borrowers. Established in 2007 as an independent, not-for-profit institution, AUIS is dedicated to providing a comprehensive liberal arts education for the benefit of young men and women from Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, and the wider region. The University’s 1,600 students develop a responsible character with the knowledge and skills needed for professional and national leadership. AUIS graduates are in high demand, with most employed in the private sector by prestigious international and local companies. More than 80 percent of our alumni are either employed or enrolled in top-tier graduate programs around the world. For more information, please contact: Bzhar Ali Boskani, AUIS Media and Public Relations Adviser at [email protected] or 964(0)770-152-1893. Jorge R. Vila, IMMDF General Manager at [email protected] or +964-770-502-4932