The story behind the Kayal Scholarship Fund

Dr. Philip M. Kayal is a leading scholar on Arab American studies and currently a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He is passionate about supporting Arab American students entering the social science fields. Dr. Kayal’s parents were immigrants from Aleppo, Syria and were not part of the emerging entrepreneurial Syrian elite class. His family could not afford college for Philip and his brother, who were both accepted at Fordham University, a private Jesuit school. Philip received financial support from both the Risq Haddad Foundation and the Aleppian Charities Fraternity, allowing him to pursue his educational goals. He would like to pay this generosity forward to the next generation of talented students.

About the Scholarship

The Kayal Scholarship for Arab American Students in the Social Sciences supports exceptionally driven and talented Arab American/MENA students studying a social science, with preference to students being the first in their family to attend college. It is anticipated that scholarships will be $1,000-$2,500 per student and may be renewable for up to four years for students who meet the University’s satisfactory academic progress standards for scholarships. The fund will make all grant distributions directly to the student’s affiliated college or university. All colleges and universities must be accredited.

Applications are now open. Applicants must download and review application instructions before submitting. Applications due at 11:59pm on Sunday, October 15, 2023. 

View the full application instructions here