Press Release

Thirty-one high-achieving secondary school students have been selected to participate in the NYU Abu Dhabi Summer Academy, a rigorous 18-month enrichment program, as recipients of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarship for Outstanding High School Students. Now in its sixth 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 NYU Abu Dhabi.

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.

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, test preparation (ACT, SAT, IELTS, TOEFL), and two face-to-face weekend programs during the academic year.

“I am delighted to see the caliber of the new class of Summer Academy students,” said the Academy’s Executive Director Diane C. Yu, who also serves as Counselor to Leadership at NYU Abu Dhabi. “Students first had to be nominated by their high schools for their academic excellence and leadership abilities, and then we chose a number of finalists to bring to campus for interviews. The successful students won the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarship for Outstanding High School Students, and are entitled to enroll this summer in the NYUAD Summer Academy. We hope that they will benefit greatly from our college preparatory program that will test their academic, leadership, and cross-cultural knowledge and skills to make them ready for admission into top tier colleges and to assume roles as future leaders of the nation.”

The Class of 2017 recipients of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarship for Outstanding High School Students are:

  • Abdulrahman Jamal Ismail Hasan Almarzooqi
  • Abdulla Sameh Khalaf Mohamed Al Dhaen
  • Ahmed Mohamed Mahfoudh Salem Baobaid
  • Ahmed Salem Ahmed Sulaiman Almehrzi
  • Alanood Obaid Mohamed Obaid Alshemeili
  • Alanooud Mohammed Hassan Mohammed Alameeri
  • Ali Ahmed Ali Sayed Ahmed Alhashmi
  • Ali Mohamed Abdulrahman Sheikh Alhabshi
  • Ali Mansoor Abdulaziz Mohsen Naser Tareef
  • Batool Sadat Foad Madani
  • Eman Ehab Anis Hasan Alameri
  • Fatima Faisal Mohamed Hamad Albusaeedi
  • Fatima Khaled Abdulhafeedh Yawar Alyousefi
  • Fatima Khalid Mutasim Abdulrahman Almagboul
  • Hadeel Tawfeeq Yousof Alshaikhabdulla Almubarak
  • Leen Saeed Hassan Saeed Alyammahi
  • Maha Abdelrahman Mohamed Ahmed Alnahal
  • Mahra Waleed Saleh Rasheed Alharmoodi
  • Mariam Abdulla Mohamed Sulaiman Alshehhi
  • Mariam Mohamed Abdalla Sadeeq Alobeidli
  • Mohamed Humaid Husain Eissa Al-Ali
  • Mohamed Mohsen Awadh Omar Albreiki
  • Mohammed Rashed Salem Rashed Aldhaheri
  • Nasser Khalid Nasser Saeed Al Maskri
  • Noor Yousif Ibrahim Bin Eisa Alnuaimi
  • Saeed Mugheer Khamis Mugheer Al Khaili
  • Saleh Mohammed Hussam Saleh A. Akasha
  • Sara Abdulla Khalil Ali Almarzooqi
  • Sarah Mohamed Mahmoud Osman Kuleib
  • Shaikha Abdullah Ali Al-Ahjeri
  • Yousuf Iliyas Mohammed Campbell

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi consists of a highly selective liberal arts and science college (including engineering), and a world center for advanced research and scholarship — all fully integrated with each other and connected to NYU in New York. Together, NYU New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, and NYU Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global network university, with faculty and students from each campus spending "semesters away" at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.