Helen Abbott Youth Leadership Scholarship Award
The scholarship looks for Arab American students who have a strong interest and commitment to service within their communities.

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The application deadline is on March 1, 2018.


Arab American Institute Foundation
1600 K Street, NW * Suite 601
Washington, DC 20006

Helen Abbott, friend, humanitarian, and philanthropist, made dreams come true in the Lincoln
Park Community of Fort Pierce, Florida. Upon arriving in the community in 1989, Ms. Abbott noticed that most of the individuals needing affordable housing and paying rent were black. The bell of discrimination rang in her head, and her active mind started thinking of ways in which she could become active in her new community.

Ms. Abbott donated $500,000 from her personal funds and worked closely with the City’s Housing Authority to secure an additional $100,000. Her goal to develop twenty-two homes for twenty-two families in the community was completed in 1998. Helen Abbott passed away in August 1999.

Ms. Abbott was a life-long friend of AAI, a founding member, generous supporter and vocal advocate. A community park has been dedicated in Ms. Abbott’s memory in the Lincoln Park community she helped to create. A bronze memorial, made possible in part from a gift from AAIF, was unveiled in September 1999. Ms. Abbott made a bequest to AAI’s Foundation which has been converted to a youth leadership in her memory.
Helen Abbott Community Service Awards honor students whose devotion to community service, selfless acts of care, and interest in improving the quality of life for others reflect the life of the Awards’ namesake. A maximum of three awards are presented annually: two $1,000 prizes to individuals and a $500 grant to an accomplished High School student.

Completed applications must be received by March 1.
Finalists will be chosen by the Review Committee of the Arab American Institute Foundation. Successful candidates will be notified by April.

The Helen Abbott Community Service Awards is given in two categories: (1) achievement by a
college/university student and (2) achievement by a High School student. Each year the Foundation
awards a maximum of two $1,000 individual prizes and one $500 grant to a High School Student.

Strongest applicants for the Award must:
(1) be currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a college or university program; or enrolled
in High School
(2) include a resume which indicates a strong interest and commitment to community service;
(3) have a minimum 3.0 grade point average verified by either an official or unofficial transcript;
(4) submit two letters of recommendation;
(5) provide one essay discussing in no more than 700 words how their field of study
is a springboard for a life of community service; and what growing up and being an
Arab American means to the applicant; and,
(6) be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of Arab descent.

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