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Named Scholarships

The School

ACS is an international school with a unique history of more than one hundred years and a dynamic future. With its rich mélange of cultures and religions, social classes and cultural backgrounds, pasts and futures, it creates for students a world of acceptance and mutual support. No matter who they are or what their backgrounds are, ACS students play together on the soccer team, raise money for a sister school, perform in a musical, or collaborate on a project. Those fortunate enough to be part of this rare community are, indeed, enriched by the experience.


Education is a vital tool in developing and fostering each individual’s future, as well as the future of our society. Establishing a scholarship is a great way to ensure that education is available to deserving students. Scholarships attract the best students, enable those who seriously apply themselves to their studies to remain in school, recognize academic achievement, and promote diversity among the student body. All of these efforts enrich our campus and ensure a higher-quality education for all our students.

The Challenge

As an outstanding regional educational institution, the American Community School at Beirut has a leadership responsibility to offer need-based named scholarships to incoming students from all educational, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Empowering youth through quality education is a social responsibility and of utmost importance to the future of our region. These scholarships will give the recipients a chance to build themselves a better future, as well as to give back to their communities.

An Invitation

Over the years, generous donors have helped make the American Community School at Beirut the outstanding educational institution it is today. Thanks to their generosity, we are able to maintain the heritage of commitment to excellence in education. We have recently expanded our scholarship opportunities to benefit the diversified communities in Lebanon who cannot afford an ACS education.

The scholarship program entails an eight year commitment to these children. The scholarship involves a commitment of $25,000 per year for eight years, for a total pledge of $200,000. The scholarship recipients will start at ACS in grade six and continue for seven years until they graduate in grade 12.

We invite you to consider providing young students in Lebanon with an ACS education to join those who will make a difference for the future of the country we love and make a contribution to the world at large.

We look forward to working with you and thank you for considering supporting a scholarship for these students at ACS.

Grade 5-12
(The costs below are an average over 8 years)



Bus Transportation (to and from school)


Extracurricular Activities Trips

Airline Ticket &Trip Expenses for trips such as Week without Walls, Sports Tournaments, Model United Nations (MUN), International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA), Forensics & Debate, Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS)




Other Expenses

Laptop, Books & Supplies, English as a Second Language Classes, Sports Uniform, etc.



Total Scholarship


Unspent funds will roll over to the next year, where they may be utilized for activities as the child becomes more involved in the school.


Scholarships are awarded to those students applying for admission entering grades five through twelve, and whose families demonstrate financial need. To be eligible, a student must demonstrate determination, spirit, and commitment, as well as a need for financial assistance.

Selection Criteria

To choose scholarship recipients, we identify a group of applicants that meet the requirements for financial aid. We always have many more applicants than named scholarships available. These scholarships provide underprivileged students the environment and academic resources to realize their potential.

Act Now

Changing the life of a student is the greatest return on investment. If you would like more information or want to discuss ways to establish a scholarship, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Existing Named Scholarships

Ali Jammal Memorial Scholarship

Established in February 2007 and is designated to provide tuition assistance for a male or female student enrolled in or planning to enroll in the American Community School at Beirut for grade six all the way to grade 12.

Maroun Semaan Scholarship

Established in 2009, the Maroun Semaan Scholarship Fund is designated to provide tuition assistance for two students with academic merit and in need of financial assistance. This is full support for these two ACS students from grade six all the way to grade 12.

Palestinian Scholarships

The Palestinian Scholarships Fund was established in 2014 and made possible through the generosity of friends of the American Community School at Beirut. Seven Palestinian students were awarded full scholarships to attend ACS from grade six through grade twelve.

As a community, we share the responsibility to provide quality education to Palestinian refugees’ youth to help them achieve their full potential both individually and as a member of the local and global community. This in turn will enrich our diverse student body, and the diversity of cultures and unique backgrounds represented in our community will expand students’ perspectives about our country, region and the world.

The Kheireddine Family Scholarship

Established in 2013, this scholarship is designated to provide a 100% plus scholarship to attract a new student (male or female) with academic merit who might not otherwise consider applying to the American Community School at Beirut, for enrollment in grade 6 up to grade 12.

The Swanson Scholarship

Robert O. Swanson '54 and Cynthia J. Shevlin pledged the sum of $43,000 annually for seven years starting June 1st, 2011 on behalf of The Swanson and Shevlin Charitable Foundation to The Swanson Scholarship Fund at the American Community School at Beirut. The scholarship will fund the education of two students from 6th grade onward with a 100% plus scholarship each. The scholarship recipients will be considered according to their financial need and merit, in addition to their motivation to move on to higher education after receiving an ACS Diploma.

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