24 UAE Students Win Prestigious SMSP Scholarships

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed scholars, Class of 2017-2018.

NYU Abu Dhabi has announced the 2017-2018 class of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program, which enhances existing skills of outstanding students in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and provides them with special academic and leadership opportunities.

The Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program, established by NYU Abi Dhabi in conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), draws on students in their third and fourth years of study in the UAE’s national institutions of higher learning—United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Zayed University (ZU), and the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT). Sixty students were nominated by the three institutions to be considered for the Scholars program. Of these, 38 were selected as finalists and were interviewed, and 24 were selected as Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars by a distinguished panel of judges from NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and leaders from the local community.

The 2017-2018 Scholars will take either one of two special classes, first is on religion and government, taught by former NYU President John Sexton, and the other on U.S. foreign policy, taught by noted journalist James Traub. In addition, all Scholars will take courses on Leadership Development, Public Speaking, Public Presentations, Critical Thinking and Persuasive Writing. During the year, the program participants will travel to the U.S. to visit government sites in Washington, D.C., and hold classes at the Washington Square campus in New York while also touring cultural attractions in the two cities.

Her Highness Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, co-chair of the Scholars Program Steering Committee, pointed that the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program recognizes promising students and provides them with unparalleled educational and leadership development opportunities. She added that the students who won the chance to become Scholars for this year should be very proud of their achievements.

Diane C. Yu, Executive Director of the Scholars Program and Counselor to NYUAD Leadership said: “We are delighted that these exceptional men and women will be part of this new class of Scholars. They represent the very best qualities of academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, leadership potential, creativity, skills, and accomplishments among the top university students in the UAE. They are a diverse and dynamic group, and we hope they will benefit greatly from what they will learn and experience through the program.”

The 2017-2018 Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars are:
1. Ahmed M.A. Altelbani
2. Asma Naser Hamoud Naser Alsaeedi
3. Ayisha Mustafa Alsayed Abdulrahim Alhashmi
4. Dalal Naser Saif Abdulkareem Almansoori
5. Hamda Mohamed Saeed Al Adl Alameemi
6. Hind Khalil Ibrahim Mohamed Alhosani
7. Ibrahim Mohammad Tahir
8. Khalifa Wahbi Khalifa Hejres Alsuwaidi
9. Khawla Sina Mir Abdulaziz Ahmad Alkhoori
10. Lamis A. M. Abualkheir
11. Latifa Ibraheem Jumaa Ibraheem Alhosani
12. Magnum Ibrahim Ali Saif Alnuaimi
13. Maitha Mohammad Abdulla Sulaiman Alhashmi
14. Mariam Kamel Yousef Mohammed Almarzooqi
15. Mohammed Abdullah Nasser Al Ghaithi
16. Rabih Tahouf
17. Reem Waleed Naseef Shraim
18. Saleh Hassan Ali Saleh Almaazmi
19. Salma Abdulrazak Abubakar
20. Sara Abdulrahman Ahmad Mohammad Alansaari
21. Shaima Abdulla Ali Mubarak Aljneibi
22. Shamma Mohammad Abdulla Hassan Almarzooqi
23. Walid Dib
24. Zainab Ali Dawood Salman Abdulla

The Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program is one of two Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs operated by NYU Abu Dhabi. The other is the NYUAD Summer Academy for recipients of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarships for Outstanding High School Students, which is a competitively selected college preparatory academy for Abu Dhabi-based Emirati high school students entering their 11th year.