Press Release

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) today announced the 32 recipients of its Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarship for Outstanding High School Students, who will participate in an 18-month enrichment program designed specifically for academically outstanding Abu Dhabi-based Emirati high school students. Named Summer Academy, the program seeks to prepare participants for admission to renowned international institutes and universities.

Students in the program are introduced to various areas pertaining to critical thinking, English, writing, mathematical reasoning, public speaking, and leadership. They also attend small group classes, learn about University admissions requirements, and receive counseling and coaching in standardized test preparation.

Each course is led by an NYUAD–selected instructor who provides a profound engagement into a rigorous English–language academic environment.

“This program is aimed at providing both academic and intellectual development for students to be able to think independently and develop a passion for lifelong learning,” said HH Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who serves as a key advisor to the program. “Not only does this scholarship help students develop the confidence they need to succeed in their higher education, it also provides cross-cultural and academic exposure to help students excel in an increasingly competitive and globalized environment.”

Summer Academy, which encompasses two summers following the 10th and 11th grades — along with three semesters of online and in-person instruction throughout the academic year — presents the benefits of a liberal arts education to students through a sustained academic and cultural experience at NYU’s global sites in Abu Dhabi, New York, and Florence, Italy.

Diane C. Yu, executive director of the Summer Academy and deputy president of NYU, said: “These high-achieving students have been selected through a rigorous application and interview process based on their exceptional academic achievements, strong English-language capabilities, leadership potential, and demonstration of the commitment and desire for self-development. We welcome this newest class into our college preparatory academy and look forward to seeing them grow through this experience of intellectual challenge and discovery.”

The recipients of the 2014-2015 Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarship for Outstanding High School Students are:

  • Abdulaziz Salah Jebara Saleh Al Falahi (Glenelg School of Abu Dhabi)
  • Abdulla Ahmed Mohammed Abbas Alblooshi (Al Nahda National Schools)
  • Abdulla Bader Abdulla Qambar Alblooshi (Military High School)
  • Abdulrahman Hasan Ahmed Hasan Al Suwaidi (Al Ittihad Model Secondary School)
  • Ahmed Mohamed Rashed Sultan Al Mheiri (Al Ittihad Model Secondary School)
  • Amal Mohamed Arfan Awadh Al Katheeri (American International School Abu Dhabi)
  • Amira Thani Hayee BinZayoud Al Shamsi (Applied Technology High School)
  • Asma Abobakr Mohammed Balfaqih (Emirates National Schools)
  • Asma Ismail Sulaiman Al Balushi (Al Mawaheb Model School)
  • Aysha Husain Hasan Al Shateri Al Hashmi (Al Mawaheb Model School)
  • Dana Ali Abdulla Husain Al Hosani (Al Mawaheb Model School)
  • Fatema Ali Jassim Mohamed Al Fardan (Glenelg School of Abu Dhabi)
  • Fatima Abdulla Mohammed Omar Al Aidarous (Applied Technology High School)
  • Fatima Khaled Mubarak Abdulla Al Kindi (The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy)
  • Hamed Adem Hasan Al Blooshi (Military High School)
  • Hind Laith Jerry Taama Al Fraih (The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy)
  • Ismaeil Abdulmajeed Ismail Ali Al Fahim (GEMS American Academy)
  • Khoula Fareed Mohamed A. Aboud Al Jaberi (Emirates National Schools)
  • Mahra Ayoub Abdulqader Mohamed Al Mulla (Glenelg School of Abu Dhabi)
  • Mareya Abdulrahim Ahmad Darwish Khouri (British School Al Khubairat)
  • Mohamed Saeed Yousif Abdulla Al Zarooni (Glenelg School of Abu Dhabi)
  • Mohamed Saif Ahmed Saeed Al Wahedi (Australian School of Abu Dhabi)
  • Noor Abdulla Ali Ebrahim Al Saadi (British School Al Khubairat)
  • Rand Laith Jerry Taama Al Fraih (The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy)
  • Rashed Ali Salem Saeed Al Kaabi (Military High School)
  • Rauda Mustafa Mousa Ali Al Kaabi (Emirates National Schools)
  • Reem Abdulla Mubarak Awadh Ba Salmah (Raha International School)
  • Reem Nidal Afif Asad Al Shami (American International School Abu Dhabi)
  • Saif Ali Saleh Bualama Al Qubaisi (Applied Technology High School)
  • Saleha Barak Nasser Douman Al Ameri (Australian School of Abu Dhabi)
  • Sarah Khaled Saeed Obaid Al Kaabi (Applied Technology High School)
  • Suhail Ali Saif M.S. Humaidan Al Zaabi (Military High School)