The Ebeid Family Fund—established by respected Arab American businessman and philanthropist Russell J. Ebeid and administered by CAAP—has awarded dozens of scholarships since 2009 to Arab American, African American and Latino youth studying business or engineering and attending Kettering University, Lourdes University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan Dearborn. In 2015, the scholarship program was expanded to provide much-needed funding to additional students, comprising a total of 22 awards that specifically targeted underserved communities. Each of these prestigious and highly sought after scholarships provides up to $5,000 annually, for up to four years.

About Russell J. Ebeid

Mr. Russell Ebeid was a renowned world business leader and philanthropist who dedicated his life to helping others.

Although neither of his parents finished high school, they instilled in Ebeid the value of hard work and strength of character. With their support, Ebeid rose from his working-class roots in Detroit to become one of four directors of Guardian Industries (a world leader in glass, automotive and building products sciences) and then graduated to Chairman of its board, while also holding the title of President of the Glass Group. In 2011, Ebeid retired as Chairman Emeritus.

Throughout his career, Ebeid was honored with private audiences with the Kings of Spain, Belgium, Jordan and Luxembourg, the Queen of England, the Chancellor of Germany, the President of Venezuela, the Crown Prince of the U.A.E. and the last Communist Prime Minister of Hungary. He was also knighted with the Order of Merit three separate times.

The businessman was recognized among “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in the World” for nearly three decades. Additionally, he was honored as the National Arab American Business Man of the Year in 2003 and received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Mr. Ebeid was inducted into Wayne State University’s Hall of Fame and the National Commission for Cooperative Education.

Outside of the business world, Ebeid was a devoted philanthropist as a longtime supporter of ACCESS, the Arab American National Museum and CAAP. He passed away in 2017 at the age of 77. CAAP’s work is reinforced by extraordinary individuals like Russell J. Ebeid. His inspiring accomplishments and direct contributions to the communities we serve are lessons that will continue to resonate. CAAP stands proud of his legacy as a philanthropist, businessman and community icon.

The Russell J. Ebeid Scholarship Program

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Jeremy Barnes-Smith, Ebeid Scholarship recipient, Wayne State University class of 2018

Since 2009, the Russell J. Ebeid Scholarship Program has awarded more than 60 scholarships totaling $250,000 to university students pursuing their education in engineering. In its inaugural years, the scholarship program focused on supporting Arab American students studying engineering at Kettering University. In 2015 the program expanded to additionally support African American and Latino students from Detroit and the surrounding suburbs who are attending Kettering and Wayne State universities. Now in its eighth year, the scholarship program will be expanded further to include Arab American, African American, and Latino students in the business schools at both Kettering and Wayne State, as well as a comprehensive program at University of Michigan Dearborn. The program supports 25-50 students annually with scholarship awards ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. The scholarship committee also considers on a case-by-case basis scholarships for students attending Lebanese American University, Lourdes University, and Detroit Cristo Rey High School.

Complete list of scholarships offered:

Kettering University
Russell J. Ebeid Scholarship for Arab American Students
$5,000/year
Engineering and Business schools
Students must be incoming freshman of Arab American background

Russell J. Ebeid Closing the Gap Scholarship
$2,500/year
Engineering and Business schools
Students must be third or fourth year
Open to African American and Latino students

Russell J. Ebeid Detroit Cristo Rey Scholarship
$5000/year
Engineering and Business Schools
Incoming freshman who attended Detroit Cristo Rey high school
Open to Arab American, African American, and Latino students

Wayne State University
Russell J. Ebeid Closing the Gap Scholarship
$2,500/year
Engineering and Business schools
Students must be third or fourth year
Open to Arab American, African American, and Latino students

University of Michigan Dearborn
Russell J. Ebeid Scholarship
$2,500/year
Engineering and Business Schools
Open to incoming freshman who are Arab American, African American, or Latino

Recipients of this scholarship participate in an active alumni program. Applications for these scholarships open each spring.

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