Established in 2002, Fingerprints is a fundraising program for students by students. Under the close direction and supervision of the Office of Development and the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, the initiative encourages graduating students to become involved alumni who support their alma mater. By donating $25 or more to the Fingerprints Endowed Scholarship Fund, the members of graduating classes help to ensure that other qualified students will also be able to enjoy their unique educational experience. The fund has been supported by individual trustees including the late Kamal Shair, Ali Ghandour, Farouk Jabre, and Omar Alfardan. The University Student Faculty Committee (USFC) has also provided important support for Fingerprints in prior years. Around 40% of the graduating Class of 2018 this spring made gifts to the Fingerprints Endowed Scholarship Fund before they graduated. These over 500 students join the ranks of over 14,500 graduating AUB students who have made gifts of at least $25 to support Fingerprints since the fund was established in 2002. Proceeds from this endowed scholarship fund that is now valued at $1.9 million have provided invaluable financial assistance to 262 AUB students and counting. From its inception in 2002 until 2012, AUB Trustees provided generous support for Fingerprints with critical two-for-one matches for every dollar donated by graduating students. The University Student Faculty Committee (USFC) also provided important support for the Fingerprints Endowed Scholarship Fund in its first ten years. In addition to a pledge of $10,000 to support Fingerprints in 2013, AUB Trustee Randa Haffar and husband Nassim announced in 2014 their plan to establish an endowed scholarship to be used for the Fingerprints match ($20,000 a year) for the following five years. In 2018, Trustee Haffar is renewing her support by matching every gift 2:1, up to $20,000. USFC are expected to vote on a similar match soon. “While philanthropy is the backbone of AUB, it is also a key part of its heart, as many of our community members are active in the service of others," said President Fadlo Khuri in his welcoming remarks at the annual Fingerprints reception that took place on Friday, June 1 at AUB's Marquand House. “While you're considering what you're going to do next you're actually doing the most important thing, which is that you're laying the basis for future generations to help build more inclusive, fairer, more just societies," said Khuri. “And by doing so you're echoing the words of the founder of the university, Daniel Bliss when he said, 'We were not anxious to appear great, but we were anxious to lay foundations upon which greatness could be built.' So, Fingerprints is a key part of the process of building foundations."
Students who have received the scholarship also spoke during the reception, sharing their experiences with this year's donors. Third-year business administration student Rawad Abi Zeid said, “Fingerprints differentiates itself from other scholarships in that it is from students for students, and it would be therefore appropriate to express my gratitude to the Class of 2018; as it is indeed because of similar generosity that the experience we had turned out to be the way it was." Sabine Doueiry, who is a fourth-year architecture student shared, “I have dared to dream because of the scholarship aid that I receive. I want to become an architect to serve the people. I am so lucky to have found a way to use my creativity, to do what I love, in an effort to serve others. I am also so lucky to have people believe in me and in my ability to make a change if I'm given a chance."
“Financial aid at AUB provides funds and scholarships for economically underserved and other deserving students. Over the past decade, AUB's comprehensive financial aid program has grown almost ten times. In 2016-2017, AUB awarded over $31.1 million in scholarships and awards. Around 76 percent of financial aid applicants received financial assistance."
You can contribute to Fingerprints in person during normal office hours at the Office of Development, College Hall, 3rd Floor. You can also send a check payable to the American University of Beirut with your name to:
Office of DevelopmentFingerprints ProgramAmerican University of BeirutP.O. Box 11-0236Riad El Solh 1107 2020Beirut, Lebanon
For more information about Fingerprints, please call Nadia Hassan in the Beirut Development Office at +961-1-340-176 x 2638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org