2023 Applications Now Open

Purpose

The goal of the PACC Mahmoud Darwish Scholarship is to provide undergraduate student leaders of all backgrounds who promote awareness of Palestine with college tuition assistance. The PACC Mahmoud Darwish Scholarship strives to empower students to serve as leaders at their college/university campus through participation in relevant campus organizations and community service; skills which would help students excel throughout their academic years and as they enter into their careers. Furthermore, the PACC Mahmoud Darwish Scholarship also assists deserving students presenting a financial need and encourages their academic commitment.

Scholarship Details

All scholarship funds will be paid directly to the college or university and shall be disbursed at the start of every semester.

Winners will not need to reapply; they must, however, continue to meet eligibility criteria to obtain all funding.

Amount Distribution

Year 1: $2,500
Year 2: $2,000
Year 3: $1,500
Year 4: $1,000

Eligibility

Application Requirements

1) Applicant should be able to demonstrate leadership skills and involvement in activities that promote awareness of the Palestinian history, heritage, and culture. 2) Applicant must be:

    A high school senior who has been accepted into a 4-year college or university in the state of Texas and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree

    A student in the final year of their associate’s degree who has been accepted into a 4-year college or university in the state of Texas and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

    A current undergraduate student enrolled in the 2023 academic year as a full-time student at a four-year college or university in the state of Texas

    3) Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 at the time of application. 4) Applicant is required to submit the below application, including essay responses, an updated resume, and an unofficial transcript from the most recently completed semester. 5) Applicants are encouraged to include a letter of recommendation in their applications. Recommendation letters will be considered but are not mandatory as part of the application. A letter of recommendation must be sent directly from the recommending party to PACC at [email protected]. The letter cannot be written by a family member. 6) Applicant must disclose whether they are an immediate relative of any PACC Board or Mahmoud Darwish Scholarship committee member in order for the relative to be recused from judging. 7) Applicant may be any nationality or background.

Funding Requirements

Once the scholarship is awarded, the Applicant must comply with the following requirements to avoid scholarship forfeiture. 1) Student must maintain a cumulative GPA of least at 2.75. 2) Student must be enrolled in school full-time. 3) Student must actively participate in one of the following:

A cultural or social justice student organization,

A campus student organization related to their major,

Community service (minimum 2 events a semester), or

Be employed part-time

2023 Application

Deadline to Apply: June 25, 2023

    Applicant Information

    First Name

    Middle Name

    Last Name

    Street Address (U.S. only)

    City

    State

    Zip Code

    Email Address

    Phone Number

    How did you hear about the scholarship?

    List any relatives involved with the PACC Board or PACC Mahmoud Darwish Scholarship Committee and your relationship to them.

    High School Education

    High School

    Full Address

    From Year

    To Year

    GPA (based on a 4.0 scale)

    Have you graduated or obtained a GED?

    YesNo

    Applying or Enrolled Higher Education (Texas Only)

    Institution

    Full Address

    Start Year

    Number of Remaining Semesters

    Current Degree Plan (Associate, Bachelor, MBA, etc.)

    Major

    GPA (based on a 4.0 scale)

    Residency (TX Institutions only)

    In-StateOut-of-StateInternational Student

    Former Higher Education (If Applicable)

    Institution

    Full Address

    From Year

    To Year

    Degree Obtained (Associate, Bachelor, MBA, etc.)

    Major

    GPA (based on a 4.0 scale)

    Did you graduate?

    YesNo

    Optional: Short Answer (200-400 words)

    What makes you a good candidate to receive this scholarship?



    Personal Statement 1 (500-700 words)

    What does social justice mean to you? How has it shaped who you are and informed your efforts to raise awareness about Palestinian history and culture, promote the Palestinian cause, and/or engage in community service?

    Upload CV (extended Resume)

    Prior to uploading your CV, please ensure the following topics and subtopics are also included:

    Education

    - Highlight your role on any projects, experiments, or studies.
    - List any awards or recognition you received for academic excellence.

    Extracurricular Activity/Community Service

    - This section is meant to highlight your activities both in school and outside of school. The more details you provide, the better we can fully assess your commitment to extracurricular activities and community service.
    - Describe your involvement in school clubs/activities. Include a short description of the club/activity, start/end dates, roles and any specific initiatives you had a significant role in.
    - External community service activities, including start/end date, any leadership roles, and details of specific initiatives.

    Work Experience

    – Be sure to include: Company Name, start/end dates, and number of hours you work per week. Also provide your title with a description of your role and how you contribute(d) to the company.
    - Describe the most significant ways you have contributed to the company and any promotions or awards you have received.
    - Describe any other ways you have displayed growth at the company.

    Upload Transcript

    Attach a copy of an unofficial transcript from your current high school, college, or university containing the most recently completed semester.

    Only PDF files are accepted.

    OPTIONAL: FAFSA

    Attach a copy of a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form to help support your case for financial assistance

    Only PDF files are accepted.

    Acknowledgements

    I intend to have a letter of recommendation submitted on my behalf by a non-relative directly from the letter writer to [email protected]

    I acknowledge the information provided in my application is, to the best of my knowledge, complete and accurate, and I understand that false statements on this application will disqualify me from the scholarship.

    If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact [email protected]