“Studying in the US is an amazing opportunity, but it is also a huge financial undertaking. The ISH residential scholarship has lessened my financial burden considerably. This has left me with more time to focus on my studies, research, and future plans and to take advantage of all that Washington, DC has to offer.”
– Wendy Magoronga International Student House residential scholarship recipient from Zimbabwe
Abernethy Scholars Program
Robert (Bob) Abernethy’s generosity and vision have made a lasting impact on the lives of numerous students over the years. In 2014 Mr. Abernethy established the Abernethy Scholars Program, which awards residential scholarships to International Student House residents who are attending Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Abernethy scholars have – and continue to – enrich our community of international students at the House and go on to become exceptional opportunities as leaders around the world.
Hariri Fellows Scholarship Program
The Hariri Fellows Scholarship Program (HFSP) is a unique full room-and-board Residential Scholarship for individuals from Lebanon or of Lebanese descent. The scholarship covers the full amount of monthly room and board for up to eight (8) individuals to live at the International Student House of Washington, DC, for the duration of one academic year (September-May). The HFSP is made possible thanks to the generous funding of The Bahaa and Hassnah Hariri Foundation (BHHF). BHHF promotes the acceleration of sustainable change and the creation of opportunities in Lebanon by supporting relief response, creating opportunities, and promoting culture and heritage to bring about the bright future that Lebanon deserves.
Tain Tompkins Memorial Scholarship
The Tain Tompkins Memorial Scholarship was founded in 2016 by his beloved wife and Past President of the International Student House, Grace Muller Tompkins. Mr. Tompkins was a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service who was chief of the economics sections at the U.S. embassies in Beirut, Lebanon, and Harare, Zimbabwe. The Tain Tompkins Memorial Scholarship awards residential scholarships to women, with preference given to those originally from countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa attending DC area universities. We are exceedingly grateful to Grace and the Tompkins family for continuing to support incredible women from around the world as they pursue their studies in Washington, DC, and their goals to be outstanding global citizens.
Tain and Grace Tompkins hosting International Student House resident scholars at their home.
“With this scholarship award, I was able to concentrate on my studies at SAIS. This generous contribution from Mr. Abernethy has not only inspired me to cultivate motivation and capacity for further studies, but has also allowed me to develop a greater sense of gratitude in life.”
– Hanna Jung, International Student House scholarship recipient from South Korea
Donors to the Scholarship Fund acknowledge that the true impact of their gift extends beyond alleviating the financial burdens of living and studying in Washington.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors and friends, the House is able to provide residential scholarships to a diverse group of prospective residents each year, based on need and academic promise. Our Scholarship Initiative supports students studying at Washington area universities. Residential scholarships ensure that students who would not otherwise be able to afford to live in the House may take advantage of the unique environment we offer.
Should you be interested to learn more about our scholarship initiative and help make a lasting impact in a young leader’s life, contact:
International Student House
Attn: Development Department
1825 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
For any questions or comments about our Scholarship funds and programs, you can contact us via email at [email protected].