Help a needy student realize his dream
Organized by: Alex Habkouk
My name is Alex and I ask PLEASE READ this short description! I am a Lebanese student and I am in my last year of Medical school. I won a scholarship to study Medicine abroad in my country for my work promoting health and prevention programs in rural areas of Guatemala. I am on a student visa and I am not eligible for any aid. My country, however, decided to stop giving scholarships for people to study abroad after my first year of Medical School, and i was devastated. Most of my friends on this scholarship were forced to drop out of school. I have been fighting to finish school, and pay my tuition every year completely out of my own pocket. I am determined to finish Medical School and return to Central America to offer quality medical care to low income families in rural areas. I have done everything you can imagine, and many weeks I live off a budget of 10 dollars. What I was doing before was “distance education” in my country. While studying medicine here, I was going to an online school in Lebanon to be able to collect government aid. I would also spend my summers working in labs back home, do paid research studies as a guinee pig, etc etc... but as of last year, I can no longer get aid through distance education, which is were the bulk of my money came from. Over the years I have taken out loans, hounded family and friends for help, written letters to the Dean and government. I have no where else to turn now. I have only one year left!! And I desperately need help! It is very challenging, and difficult to study something like medicine, which the constant stress of how you will pay tuition, and finally once you can pay tuition, worrying about if you will have enough money to eat! My school has been kind enough to let me pay late every year, but they do not give me a break on even one cent of the tuition, or late fees!