Student Sponsorship

Between 1985 and 1997 the Hariri Foundation-USA sponsored 2,856 scholars.  Of this number 1,755 completed one or more degree programs while 1,101 were sponsored on a short-term basis. Prior to beginning their academic programs, 694 Hariri students participated in intensive English language programs, with the largest groups studying at Boston University, the University of Arizona, and the University of South Florida, and smaller groups at 9 other universities throughout the United States. By the end of 1985 most of these students had completed their English language study and were ready for full-time academic study.

The 1,755 scholars who completed one or more degree programs under Foundation sponsorship pursued studies in 31 fields of knowledge. By far the most popular field was engineering  with a total of 879 graduates, including 123 in engineering technology. These 879 graduates represent 51.36% of all scholars who completed degree programs under Foundation sponsorship. Of the 879 engineering graduates, the great majority chose electrical or civil engineering as their majors.

The field with the second largest number of graduates, the social sciences, included a total of 333 graduates who chose majors in 8 areas, with business and management winning the lion’s share of 199 scholars. In addition, 51 scholars majored in administration and management, 23 in economics, 20 in communications, and 36 in a variety of areas such as anthropology, sociology, urban studies, political science, international relations, library and information science, and public administration. In all, these 327 graduates represented 19.3% of Hariri scholars completing degree programs.

The third most frequently chosen field by our scholars was that of health sciences in which 186 Hariri scholars majored. Out of this total, 24 scholars earned M.D. degrees, 11 D.D.S. degrees, and one earned a Ph.D. in pathology. In addition, 38 scholars completed degree programs in pharmacy, 16 in public health, 51 in allied health, and 34 certificate programs in medicine. At 10.8% of the total number of Hariri scholars, the 186 graduates who majored in the health sciences represent a human resource of immense value for the development of health care in Lebanon.

In looking at other academic fields, we see that 126 students majored in computer studies, 14 in mathematics, 30 in architecture, 27 in fine and applied arts, 9 in languages and literature, 4 in music, 2 in philosophy and religion, 10 in law, 33 in education, 24 in agriculture, 20 in biological sciences, 11 in physical sciences, 5 in psychology, and 7 in trade and vocational subjects.

A total of 81 graduates majored in the arts, humanities, and law:  29 completed degrees in architecture, 27 in fine and applied arts, 9 in languages and literature, 4 in music, 2 in philosophy and religion, and 10 in law.

In addition, 33 scholars completed degree programs in education, 23 in agriculture, 19 in the biological sciences, 9  in the physical sciences, 5 in psychology, and 7 in trade and vocational subjects.

The number of students sponsored from 1998 to the present brings the total number of students sponsored by the Hariri Foundation-USA to approximately 3,000, making the sponsorship program a major component of Lebanon’s recovery from war and development for the future.