Providing new horizons for young people and their communities

  • Ameed, Palestinian

    UWC Atlantic College 2012

    Ameed graduated from UWC Atlantic College. He completed a BSc in Chemistry at New York University Abu Dhabi, graduating with honours. He obtained two research fellowships at the NYU Centre for Neural Science and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute/Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2017, he was awarded a Chevening Scholarship for an MSc in Pharmaceutical Formulation and Entrepreneurship at University College London. Ameed aspires to take a leading role in science and entrepreneurship in Palestine.

    “The Horizon scholarship was a transformative one. It has enabled me to access the best education worldwide and it has inspired me to seek purposeful leadership in whatever I do.”
  • Mai, Palestinian

    UWC Atlantic College 2009

    After graduating from UWC Atlantic College, Mai obtained a BA in Politics and International Studies from the University of Exeter in 2013. On completion of her studies, she returned to Palestine and is now working with marginalised communities as a Youth Project Officer for ActionAid Palestine.

    "My Horizon scholarship gave me the opportunity to be different and to have a bright future. It changed my lifestyle, my way of thinking and my confidence."
  • Mohamad, Palestinian refugee from Lebanon

    Eton College 2012

    Mohamad graduated from Eton College and then went to University College London. He obtained a BEng in Civil Engineering (2015) and an MSc in Civil Engineering with Distinction (2016). He won the Integrated Design Project of the Year 2016 awarded by the Institution of Structural Engineers and was a Harding Prize Finalist (British Tunnelling Society of the Institute of Civil Engineers). Mohamad is currently a civil engineer at Mott MacDonald in the UK.

    “Horizon gave me the opportunity to obtain a high quality education and have a better understanding of other cultures. Without Horizon I would probably be unemployed.”
  • Tran, Vietnamese

    UWC Atlantic College 2010

    Tran graduated from UWC Atlantic College. She obtained a BA Economics and Finance from Middlebury College and was placed in the top 10% of graduates. In 2014, she started and taught an online soft skill class for over 80 students in Vietnam. Tran is now pursuing an MBA at the University of Chicago and plans to improve education through technology in Vietnam.

    “My Horizon scholarship gave me the chance to experience the most culturally diverse environment in which I learned to embrace differences. Because excellent education transformed my life, I became involved in education technology. My hope is that through ed-tech students anywhere, even those with less access to good schooling, can benefit from better education.”
  • Tenzin, Tibetan

    UWC Maastricht 2015

    Tenzin graduated from UWC Maastricht. Whilst at school she participated in an International Peace Conference and worked to spread awareness of Tibetan history. She is currently registered for a BA in Biology at Macalester College.

    “My Horizon scholarship made a huge difference to my life. I not only received a better education but also met people from different parts of the world. This helped me grow as a person and understand other viewpoints and differences.”
  • Majd, Syrian

    UWC Mostar (current)

    Majd is completing his final year at UWC Mostar. He is a keen photographer and recently exhibited some of his work at an arts festival. Some of the photographs on the Horizon website were taken by Majd.

    “The Horizon scholarship has changed my life forever. It has provided me with the education I always wanted and a good environment in which to study. I didn't have that in Syria."


Horizon Scholar in Senegal

Christine Alhalabi from Syria completed her Horizon supported studies at UWC Maastricht in May 2019. Before embarking upon her university studies at Bard Berlin, Christine decided to take a gap year with Global Citizen Year. She spent six months in Senegal where she lived with a host family, immersed herself in local culture and learnt the Wolof language. Christine also learnt the art of tailoring from local dressmaker, Tante Marie, (pictured with Christina above) and volunteered as an English teaching assistant.

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Horizon Scholar Gathering, Maastricht

In November 2019, the Foundation held a successful weekend gathering in Maastricht which was attended by 18 of its Europe based scholars. The event included an informal meeting which enabled the scholars to get acquainted, a workshop which was run by a Horizon scholar, a walking tour of the city and a formal dinner where trustees, partners and friends of the Foundation got to meet Horizon’s talented young scholars.

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First Seed Funding Project Supported

Mai Al Qaisi, from Palestine, was supported by Horizon to attend UWC Atlantic, 2007-2009. She now works as a Project Coordinator for ActionAid in Palestine where her work focuses on marginalised communities in Hebron.

Mai was the very first recipient of a Horizon Seed Funding grant. Seed Funding grants enable scholars to set up projects which serve their communities back home. In August 2019, Mai ran a five-day music summer camp in Dheisheh refugee camp, Bethlehem. Fifty girls and boys aged 8-13 participated in the camp and enjoyed musical instrument lessons, singing, and dance tuition.  The camp used music as a tool to positively influence behaviour and to empower children to express themselves in constructive ways.  At the end of the camp, the children put on a musical and dramatic performance attended by families and friends.

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