Press Release

Thirty-two high-achieving secondary school students have been selected to participate in the rigorous 18-month NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Summer Academy enrichment program as recipients of the 2018 Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarship for Outstanding High School Students.

Now in its seventh year, the program offers an immersive educational experience that prepares Abu Dhabi-based Emirati students for entry into top-tier English language universities throughout the world — including NYUAD. The students were selected based on consideration of their academic achievement, English-language comprehension, motivation to attend college, leadership and interpersonal skills, and potential for growth and improvement.

The program curriculum focuses on the development of critical thinking, writing, and discussion in English, quantitative reasoning, standardized test preparation, public speaking, and leadership.

Taking place during the two summers following the 10th and 11th grades and including three semesters of online and in-person instruction throughout the academic year, the Summer Academy introduces students to the academic standards, norms, and values appropriate to the culture of leading international higher education institutions, in addition to providing college admission counseling. This comprehensive educational experience is supported both in the classroom and through extracurricular activities at NYUAD, NYU New York, and NYU Florence, Italy.

“We are committed to investing in our youth and providing them with the tools to develop into capable future leaders across all sectors,” said H.H. Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who serves as a key advisor to the program.

“This program provides not only academic and intellectual development opportunities to help them succeed, but also builds their confidence and inspires them to reach their potential.”

During the first summer period, students study for approximately three weeks at NYUAD, and have the opportunity to travel to NYU’s academic center in Florence, Italy for nine additional days of study. The second summer session is similarly divided between Abu Dhabi and NYU New York. In addition to continuing their academic program in Florence and New York, the students engage in cultural activities — such as visits to museums, historical sites, cultural events, and private meetings with local leaders. To provide continued support throughout the academic year, students also participate in online instruction and assignments, SAT test preparation, and two face-to-face weekend programs during the 11th grade.

“The Summer Academy requires rigorous competition for entry, and has proven to be a successful college preparatory program that develops the academic and leadership potential of its students. We look forward to welcoming the newest batch of highly qualified participants in the Class of 2018,” said Diane C. Yu, executive director of the Summer Academy and counselor to leadership at NYUAD.

The recipients of the 2018 Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarship for Outstanding High School Students are:

· Abdulla Khalid Abdulla Ahmed Almarzooqi
· Abdulla Khalifa Yousef Mohamed Almarzooqi
· Ahmed Abdullah Banaeimoon
· Ahmed Eisa Saleh Alsarkal Al-Ali
· Ali Hassan Mohamed Hassan Aldhanhani
· Ali Zaid Laith Al-Kindi
· Alreem Ali Mubarak Mohamed Alnuaimi
· Alreem Saad Nasser Saeed Almaskari
· Alyazia Saif Saeed Murad Alblooshi
· Asma Jamal Obaid Salem Alzaabi
· Fatima Ali Mohammed Rashed Alkaabi
· Fatima Daoud Ahmed Mohamed Alzarooni
· Husain Adel Salem Alkaff Alhashmi
· Khoula Khalifa Rashed Mubarak Alriyami
· Maitha Mahmoud Abdulrasool Haroon Al Zadjali
· Maitha Rashed Khalifa Hamad Alghfeli
· Marwan Hashim Fawwaz Nazem Alkudsi
· Meddyah Butti Abdulla Mohamed Altamimi
· Mohammed Hamed Abdulhafeez Yawar Alyousefi
· Mohammed Saif Saeed Balbadi Aldhaheri
· Nouf Faisal Ali Ahmed Najed
· Rakan Bassam Mohamed Al-Shaibani
· Salem Hasan Mohamed Hasan Alsuwaidi
· Sarah Hatem Faraj Saeed Alameri
· Shahad Khaled Hamwi
· Shaikha Ali Mohamed Husain Almessabi
· Shama Rashed Abduljalil Mohamed Alfahim
· Shamma Jasem Mohamed Bu Ataba Alzaabi
· Shamsa Mohamed Abdulla Alzaffin Almheiri
· Tara Fouad Khaleel Bartawi Almarzooqi
· Walah Hassan Abdulla Hassan Almesmari
· Yousef Hani Yousef Sulieman Alankar

About NYU Abu Dhabi
NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly-selective liberal arts, engineering and science curriculum with a world center for advanced research and scholarship enabling its students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from 110 nations and speak over 100 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.