Awardees of GUST Postgraduate Scholarship Announced

Date: 
Jul 05, 2015

GUST announced today the names of the three students who have been awarded the GUST Postgraduate Scholarship by the university to pursue their masters and doctoral degrees in the United States.  This scholarship is the only one of its kind offered by a private university in Kuwait.  

The three scholarship recipients Mohammad Al Muraikhi, a Finance major who will continue his studies at George Washington University; Buthainah Al Refaie, a Journalism major who will continue her studies at Boston University; and Esra Hussain, an English Literature major, who will be continuingher studies at the City College of New York plan to start their Master’s degrees in the upcoming Fall semester.

Professor Donald Bates, GUST President, said: “Our University believes in supporting everyone, especially those who display exceptional signs of potential.  The aim of the scholarship is to extend an opportunity to outstanding students to continue their education at a higher level, and return to GUST to teach and help create a positive impact.I am extremely proud of the three who have been accepted, and I wish them the very best of luck.”

In order to qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be Kuwaiti citizens, with undergraduate degrees from GUST, and a minimum GPA of 3.30.  They need to have a high standard of English and be able to meet all academic, entrance and other requirements of the universities concerned. Applicants must not be older than 25 years of age, and must complete their studies within a specified timeframe on a full time basis.  Additionally, recipients are required to return to teach at GUST for a pre-specified time period.

“I have [recently] discovered an interest in an academic career. It began with a desire to have a deeper understanding of finance, and the realization that I wouldn't feel fulfilled in the types of positions available to those with a BS in Finance,” said Mohammed Al Muraikhi, GUST 2015 Graduate and Scholarship Recipient.

Al Muraikhi will be joining one of the most prestigious research and private universities in the Northeast, George Washington Univerisyt. “[G]etting a Master’s and PhD is the only way to pursue a career in academia and research. During my time abroad, I hope to make a significant contribution to research in the field of finance, and fully take advantage of all opportunities available to me,” Al Muraikhi said.

Excited about the opportunities awaiting her in Boston, Buthainah Al Refaie, GUST 2013 Graduate and Scholarship Recipient, said: “I am definitely looking forward to debating with a western audience about the controversial topics and concepts of the east.  The ultimate goal of my education is social reform. I aim to be a part of Kuwait’s reformation, inclusive of improving the quality of life of minority groups like women, children and expat labourers.”

“GUST is one of the rare universities in Kuwait that provides its students with the best educational environment. In other words, I had the opportunity to study with the best professors who were all very professional, supportive, and hardworking.  After reading about the GUST postgraduate scholarship, I felt it was like a dream coming true,” said Esraa Hussain, GUST 2013 Graduate and Scholarship Recipient.

In addition to the scholarship, GUST will also offer its students a stipend equivalent to a teaching assistant’s salary, as well as other various benefits depending on the specific needs of the candidate.  These benefits include basic medical insurance for the duration of the study period, annual support for educational supplies and materials and an annual round trip ticket.

“I couldn't ask for a better scholarship, since I'm a GUST graduate and the university has always been a second home to me.  What’s more, I've always imagined myself being a teacher. I want to help other scholars get the best education possible to help make the world a better place,” Hussain said.

Since 2012, three students have been sent abroad as part of this scholarship. Ghada Alabdulaly and Hessa Al Meshaal were successful candidates who pursued Master's degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) in the United Kingdom. Both have since returned to GUST and now teach TESOL as part of the university’s Foundation Program Unit.  The third student, Badriyah Al Hussaini, was sent to study Accounting at the University of Southern California where she is currently enrolled in their PhD program.