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AUIS Announces National Scholarships for Students from Across Iraq and the Kurdistan Region

  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  

American University of Iraq, Sulaimani and Acuity International Announce “We Share the Future” Student Scholarship Campaign

  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    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 (  

Chra Hussain wins Inaugural Blake and Bailey Family Endowed Scholarship

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 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.

Mary E. Geyer Foundation Offers Scholarship for High Performing Female Students

The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is pleased to announce a new scholarship for AUIS undergraduate students, offered by the Mary E. Geyer Foundation, Inc. The  scholarship will be awarded to two high performing female students who are already majoring in Information Technology (IT) and Engineering at AUIS. A scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded in each department in Fall 2016. The Mary E. Geyer Foundation is a non-profit corporation designed to financially support young undergraduate women who choose a technical career path. The Foundation’s chief mission is to identify meritorious female undergraduates who major in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields via their declared major.  “It is our belief that women who are successful in these fields will gain influence politically, socially and culturally, and ultimately increase their number in important leadership roles which shape the communities in which they live,” says Professor Roger W. Geyer, president of the Foundation, and former professor of computer systems and IT at AUIS. “I hope to grow these scholarships in both number and amount at AUIS. Plans are underway to make this funding self-sustaining into the foreseeable future.” AUIS students, Zainab Hamid (IT), Snur Hamid (IT) and Zanwer Hassan (Engineering) at AUIS, have previously been awarded scholarships from the Foundation. Overall eighty percent of enrolled undergraduates at AUIS receive some form of institutional or outside aid. The university's merit-based tuition scale aims to give Iraq’s best students access to the university’s top-ranked, American-style education, regardless of their family income. Applicants can find out more about the requirements and application process here. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is September 11, 2016. Learn more about the Mary E. Geyer Foundation here.
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